Thread Vein Removal

Thread veins are formed by an increase in the size of small blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin. Sometimes referred to as telangiectasia or spider naevi, these tiny red, blue or purple veins can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the face and legs.

Thread vein removal treatment is carried out using energy heat pulses which are applied in short bursts which close down the thread veins without perforating them or damaging the surrounding tissue. Following the thread vein removal treatment the vessels quickly clear and are re-absorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.


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Women and men
Treatment Cost
Nose or chin £80
Cheeks £100
Nose & cheeks £160

Why do thread veins develop?

Thread veins are caused by a variety of factors including exposure to ultraviolet light, wind and extremes of temperature. Steroid creams and the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can also induce thread veins.

Some individuals are genetically more prone to develop thread veins than others and some people are more at risk because of old injuries. If your parents had thread veins, then there is a good chance that you will develop them.

It is possible that hormone treatments, such as the contraceptive pill and HRT can increase the likelihood of forming thread veins.

How does laser thread vein removal work?

All lasers/IPLs (Intense Pulsed Light) work by producing light of a very specific wavelength. If the wavelength of the laser is matched to a target colour (such as the red of blood in the vessel wall), the energy of the laser is absorbed specifically by the target but not by the surrounding tissues.

The IPL produces a slightly wider range of wavelengths of light, but works in exactly the same way.

The IPL delivers a series of energy pulses generating heat for very short periods of time; this energy closes down the thread veins, without perforating them.

The damaged veins are gradually dissolved away and disappear over several weeks after treatment.

How many laser treatments are needed for thread vein removal?

The number of treatments needed will depend on the site and the extent of the affected area and will be estimated at your consultation. It is usually necessary to do 2 treatments or possibly more. Treatments are usually planned at four week intervals. We do not carry out treatment on patients who are tanned or have recently been exposed to UV.

Book your free consultation for Thread Vein Removal in Bournemouth today by calling 01202 29 69 69

Before After
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Thread veins – Before IPL treatment at Laser Skin Solutions, Bournemouth After 4 IPL treatments at Laser Skin Solutions, Bournemouth