There are different treatments to combat the various veins on your body, but how do you know which treatment you need? There are two types of veins which you can get on your body; varicose veins and thread veins. In this blog we will show you the difference between these veins and what treatments you can get to diminish the appearance of them.


So, what are these veins? Thread veins and varicose veins are a common problem with many people, especially in women. They are damaged veins that are caused when the valves inside the veins are weakened. Although thread veins aren’t dangerous, if you are feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious with them on your skin, especially if they are on your face, then there are ways to help reduce their appearance.


Firstly, let’s take a look at thread veins (spider veins). These are either blue, purple or red in colour and appear in the forms of thin lines, often resembling a spider web, hence the name ‘spider veins’. These veins can appear on the face, particularly in areas such as the nose and cheeks, as well as on the backs of the legs.

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Causes and Prevention of Varicose and Spider Veins

As we age, the number of thread veins we have tends to increase. They appear when the minute valves of the vein stop working correctly, which in turn stops the blood flowing in the correct direction. Spider veins can also be caused when the tiny blood vessels on the face burst. This can be caused by high blood pressure or external environmental factors, such as sun damage. You can also make them worse by squeezing your face – so no popping your spots!

For treating thread veins (spider veins)

There are two treatments for thread veins. For thread veins on the face we use Thermavein and for the legs, Microsclerotherapy.

Microsclerotherapy – legs and body

Microsclerotherapy  is the perfect treatment to help combat and diminish thread veins (spider veins) on the legs, typically found on the back of the legs, calves and inner thighs. This treatment uses a fine needle to carefully inject a small amount of sclerosant into the vein, damaging the vein wall. This in turn causes the vein to collapse, resulting in it being permanently diminished.

You can see here how the veins have disappeared:


Watch how Dr Youssef performs microsclerotherapy to combat and diminish thread veins on the legs here


Thermavein – face

Thermavein is a very effective treatment for thread veins found on the face and can result in 50% reduction of red blood cells after just one session! It works by using a sterile, fine needle to deliver a controlled electrical current over the vein. This current causes the vein to collapse and stick together. The vein is then broken down by the body over a period of 4-6 weeks.

Take a look at this before and after of Thermavein treatment:

The other type of vein commonly found on the legs are varicose veins. These veins are larger than spider veins and are usually swollen and enlarged. They are darker than thread veins and are often lumpy and bulging out the skin.

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These veins develop when the valves inside become damaged and stop working properly. Between 30% and 50% of adults will develop varicose veins at some point in their lifetime.

For treating varicose veins

Sclerotherapy is used to treat varicose veins. It is an effective treatment, reducing the veins by 80%. It involves injecting a solution into the abnormal vein, destroying the blood vessel and causing the vein to disappear.

After the treatment the veins typically take a while to completely disappear, however, once they have gone the veins do not reappear!



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