Thread veins, spider veins, facial veins
Thread veins, also known as spider veins, are very small veins that are visible beneath the skin. They can appear as red veins, or may have a bluish tint.
They are generally harmless and pose no danger or medical concern. Facial veins are quite common, so if you suffer you are not alone.
However, they can be very unsightly, especially when they appear on the face. Visible veins on the nose are relatively common or on the cheeks.
Why Do Visible Veins Occur?
Thread veins or spider veins are very common. Most people will have some, although they may not be very obvious. When there are a lot of thread veins and/or they appear on the face, it is more noticeable.
There could be a number of reasons behind getting thread veins. These may include:
- Inherited – if your parents/grandparents had thread veins, you are more likely to suffer
- Hormonal factors – they can appear in pregnancy. Usually they will disappear again, but women with multiple pregnancies are more prone than those who have never had children
- Menopause or other hormonal changes
- Varicose veins
- Exposure to sunlight – excessive sunbathing or an outdoor lifestyle can exacerbate thread veins. People who work outside may have ruddier complexions with broken veins. Sunblock with a minimum SPF30 year round will help
- Trauma – thread veins can be triggered by injuries, cuts, wounds, scars or burns
- Radiotherapy or radiation exposure
Treatments for Visible Veins
Quinn Clinics offer:
- Laser treatment – using IPL (intense pulsed light) laser to selectively target, heat and damage the prominent veins so that they appear less visible beneath the skin
Treatment is available at Quinn Clinics in Clifton, Bristol and at our London, Greenwich clinic.
Thread veins are not the same as varicose veins – varicose veins are much thicker and can be painful or uncomfortable. They usually appear on the legs.
However, sufferers of varicose veins may also have visible facial veins, which can be treated without surgery using laser treatment