Thread vein removal explained
Thread vein removal is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment designed to remove the appearance of thread veins from the body and face. The procedure is an effective way to treat and restore the skin and give you confidence.
Thread veins are very fine blood vessels that are located under the skin which become visible over time. The appearance of thread veins is generally a cosmetic problem that has no health risks and is caused by damaged veins and the thinning of skin, due to loss of collagen. This means, as the damaged veins expand they become more and more visible through the skin.
There are many causes for skin and vein damage including pregnancy, rosacea, alcohol, smoking and standing for long periods.
For some people the appearance of thread veins is a big concern and can cause anxiety, discomfort and embarrassment. If you’re someone effected, thread vein removal treatment is an effective way to restore and rejuvenate your skin and boost your confidence.
Benefits of Thread vein removal treatment?
There are many reason why some people choose to have thread vein removal treatment. Some of the benefits include:
- Improved self-confidence
- Wear a wider variety of clothes
- Very quick treatment
- No downtime – no interruption in your daily activity
- Non-surgical treatment
- Positive outcomes.
Where can thread veins appear?
Thread veins can appear anywhere on the body and face however the most common parts of the body that receive treatment are the face and legs. The face and legs are the most exposed parts of the body and can be difficult to hide or cover obvious blemishes.
Cost of thread vein treatment
The cost of thread vein treatment will vary for each person as everyone’s needs are different. Your care provider will need to consider what part of the body needs treatment, how much vein is coming through to establish the extent of the treatment, the type of treatment used to carry out the procedure and the number of sessions required to achieve the desired outcome to calculate the cost of your treatment.
To find out the cost of your treatment you’ll need to request a quote and get a consultation. Some clinics will offer a free consultation, but others may charge for this service. Following a consultation, or a conversation with a care provider, you should receive a full cost break down based on what you want to achieve. Be sure to fully assess the quote to see what is and isn’t included in the price so that there are no unwanted surprises later.
What to expect from your treatment provider?
Before having treatment, it is important to be well prepared by having a good understanding of what is involved in thread vein removal treatment and set some expectations. Your nurse or practitioner should carry out an assessment to see if this procedure is right for you.
They should provide information on the different treatment options available to you and a treatment plan to make sure the best results can be achieved.
If you decide to have the treatment, you should also receive guidance on how to prepare for the procedure.
Feel free to discusses all aspect of the treatment with your nurse or practitioner without any obligations to continue with the procedure, until you feel ready.
What is involved in thread vein treatment?
The type of treatment you’ll receive will depending on the area being treated and the extent of the treatment. Typically, thread vein removal can be carried out on vessels that are approximately 1-3 mm in size.
Laser and IPL techniques are usually less effective on the legs, but can be a good way to manage thread veins that appear on the face.
For leg treatment you may need to receive a scan to rule out the possibility of valve failure in any of the deeper veins and any connection between the reticular vein and thread vein. This can impact how successful the procedure is likely to be.
Microsclerotherapy is a simple procedure that effectively removes thread veins from the legs and lower part of the body by injecting a liquid through vein and destroying it.
Microsclerotherapy should not be used on the face or any area above the heart. Treatments on the face will usually involve the use of lasers and wouldn’t require a scan before the treatment.
With laser treatments, heat is directly absorbed by the blood vessels to the point where the blood begins to clot. This reaction causes the vein to break down, dissolve and is eventually removed by the body’s immune system.
You should start to see improvements after two or three sessions, but additional sessions may be recommended to achieve the results you want.
After thread vein removal and recovery
You should be able to leave immediately after the treatment is done, and you can expect to get back to your normal daily activity with no downtime.
You may experience some discomfort during the procedure, but this is usually completely bearable and should improve after the treatment is completed. It’s also very normal to see some temporary swelling and bruising after the treatment.
What if something goes wrong?
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your doctor or practitioner.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Things to consider before thread vein removal
Opting for any form of cosmetic treatment requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.
Once your mind is made up, be confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment.
Here are some things you should think about:
- How many sessions do you need to achieve the result you want?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- Do you need time off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- How to maintain the results of your treatment?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready for thread vein removal treatment, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.