Thread veins are the tiny blood vessels that can appear below the surface of our skin as we age. They can appear almost anywhere on the body, and although they are tiny, their blue or red colour can make them rather noticeable.
There is little that can be done to prevent thread veins, and it is a common problem, thought to affect around thirty per cent of women. Men can also develop thread veins, and they are associated with sun damage, excessive alcohol consumption and hormonal changes.
With effective thread vein removal treatments, though, there is no reason to let the appearance of thread veins affect your confidence or your activities. The procedure is relatively simple, and the laser is used to denature the walls of the visible blood vessels.
Once the cells lining the vessel walls have been destroyed, the veins can no longer carry blood, and eventually collapses and is absorbed by the body. As this happens, the veins fade from view, and the skin’s appearance improves.
Once a vessel has been treated, it cannot cause any new problems in the future. The treatment is used to eliminate dilated vessels and cannot prevent new ones from forming. So, while the treatment produces permanent results on existing thread veins, others may develop in the future, requiring further treatment.