Thread veins are small and abnormally dilated blood vessels that are often found on the legs. The presence of these veins can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction with your appearance, causing serious knock-on effects when it comes to levels of self-confidence.
Below is a video of how sclerotherapy is performed.
There are two types of thread vein removal, the first is laser therapy and the other is a technique called sclerotherapy. Of the two, there is no real ‘better option’ as specialists perform the separate techniques depending on a variety of factors (vein size, colour, etc).
While there are a few different ways to treat thread veins, the procedure we perform at The McIndoe Centre is called Sclerotherapy. It is one of the most common techniques used to treat thread veins and the procedure itself is fairly straightforward. A solution called sclerosant is injected into the targeted vein area(s) which destroys them and ultimately causes them to fade and disappear over time.
Once the initial sclerotherapy treatment is concluded, you will need to wear compression stockings or tight bandages. These are applied close to the veins to help ease the healing process and calm any swelling that may occur. The size of your veins depends on the length of time you will need to wear the compression. Typically, this is between two to three days and during this time, your body will absorb the remainder of the veins, causing them to naturally fade away.
While many people seek thread vein treatment for personal cosmetic reasons, it is not uncommon for people to seek treatment for reasons of discomfort. Untreated thread veins can lead to further problems regarding mobility and general discomfort.
The cause of thread veins is unknown, but:
- They are usually inherited
- Hormonal changes can increase their likelihood
- Trauma to the legs can cause thread veins
- Standing occupations can make them more likely
- They become more prominent and numerous with age
Thread vein treatment will be offered to anyone who is suffering with the following vein issues:
- Spider veins
- Varicose veins
- Thread veins
It is important to understand that the above vein issues are all separate, therefore different treatments will be required in order to treat them efficiently. One of the main reasons our London thread vein patients visit us is because of self-confidence issues. Thread veins can not only bring physical discomfort but also aesthetic discomfort. As many patients are aware, thread veins have a habit of appearing later in your adult life. Patients may wish to treat their veins during this stage of their life because their confidence may not be what it was in their younger years.
Additionally, thread veins can appear both during and after pregnancy. The natural weight-gain and general physical changes in your body can encourage the appearance of unsightly veins, which leads people to want them removed.
Generally speaking, if you are concerned about the appearance of your veins, there is no reason why you should not be able to have them treated. For an informal discussion, why not give our clinic a call? Our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Treatments such as medical compression stockings have been proven to be effective against varicose veins. The stockings (or bandages) apply pressure onto the leg in order to restore normal blood flow and circulation. There have also been reported incidents where these compression applications have been effective against thread veins. How long you want to wear your stockings for depends on the severity of your veins. There is no harm wearing them all day and removing them when you sleep. While stockings are a fairly effective way of stopping the progression of thread veins, they are only used to stall their presence – surgery is the most effective way to eliminate thread veins.
Choosing one of our London thread vein removal specialists couldn’t be easier at The McIndoe Centre. Claire Judge and Mo Farris are our top vein removal specialists and offer a 1-to-1 consultation in which they discuss your medical past, expectations and the process. Your aftercare treatment and any other questions or concerns you may have will also be answered during the consultation.
If you have any concerns about the surgery, or who will be performing it, you can always call The McIndoe Centre Helpline on 0800 917 4922. Alternatively, if you’d like a consultation feel free to fill out our contact form and we shall get back to you as soon as possible.