Spider veins, or thread veins, can affect pretty much any part of the body. Unfortunately, when they appear on the face, sufferers can become extremely self-conscious, and confidence can be affected. Facial spider veins can have various causes, and it’s not always easy to determine an individual reason for their development.

Genetics can play a role, so if your parents suffered from spider veins, then you may have an increased risk of getting them too. Skin conditions such as acne and rosacea can also play a role in their appearance, as can excessive alcohol consumption or exposure to the sun’s damaging rays.

They can be successfully treated, however. At The Laser Treatment Clinic, Advanced Intense Pulsed Light treatment is used to remove the dilated blood vessels. The light is absorbed by the haemoglobin (red blood cells) in the blood and starts to heat up. The blood thickens and coagulates when it reaches between 60 and 70°C, and the heat also denatures the inner cells of the blood vessel. As a result, the vein collapses, and will no longer be visible on the surface of the skin.

This thread vein removal procedure in not invasive and is not damaging to the surrounding skin, making this a safe and effective way to treat them, even if they appear on your face.