Why thread veins develop

Posted on 15 Sep, 2011

Thread veins are tiny dilated blood vessels that appear below the surface of the skin. They can appear on the face, particularly around the nose, cheeks and chin, but also appear elsewhere on the body: upper thigh, ankles etc.

Factors involved in their development include:

• Age. Thread veins can start to develop after 18, and tend to peak between the age of fifty and sixty.
• Lifestyle. Too much sitting or standing means that blood just sits in the veins, causing distensions.
• Varicose veins. Venuous hypertension in other veins can result in thread veins.
• Gender. Ladies are more likely to develop thread veins.
• Pregnancy. Hormones can weaken veins walls and lead to distension.

Some thread veins may fade or even disappear naturally, particularly those that appear during pregnancy. For others, thread removal treatment is a possibility.

Laser therapy can produce impressive results, as it causes the vein to collapse and fade away. It does this by using the light from the laser to heat up the vessel to the point where it becomes sealed off from other vessels and dissolves.

The advantage of this type of treatment is the fact that it is non-invasive and poses minimal risk to your skin.