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Thread Veins: What They Are, And How To Treat Them

Tuesday, February 27th 2018 | by Helen Hutchings | Uncategorized

Did you know that up to 50% of women will develop thread veins in their lifetime? By twenty, around a fifth of women are already showing signs of them. Men aren’t impervious to them either – it’s thought that around a quarter of men aged between 30 and 40 suffer from thread veins.

So what are thread veins? Are they dangerous? And how can you get rid of them?

Thread veins are commonly known by a multitude of other names – some will know them as varicose veins (these usually take on a more swollen, twisted appearance), while others call them spider veins, because they can sometimes have a web-like appearance.

These veins appear when the valves in our veins which help blood to flow in the right direction are defective. This allows the blood to flow backwards and pool inside the vein. The wall of the vein weakens, and it can appear to twist and bulge, creating the appearance of a varicose vein. In some cases, the tiny capillaries carrying the blood can also split, resulting in the appearance of a spider vein or thread vein.

There are lots of factors which can make you more susceptible to developing these harmless but quite unsightly veins:

  • Genetics – they can be inherited through your family.
  • Age – as we get older, the walls of our veins lose their elasticity and are more prone to breaking or twisting.
  • Hormones – the hormonal fluctuations many women experience can contribute to the appearance of thread veins.
  • A sedentary lifestyle – if you spend a lot of time sitting down, it can constrict circulation, making it more likely that blood will pool in the veins.
  • Standing up a lot – by contrast, if you’re in a job that requires a lot of standing, it can also slow the circulation in your legs.
  • Lifestyle factors – alcohol and obesity can play a key role in the development of these veins.

Why Treat Thread Veins?

Most thread veins are completely harmless – but in some cases, they might cause some pain or discomfort. This is especially true for varicose veins, which can result in swelling, most commonly in the legs. Complications from thread veins or varicose veins can also occur – in rare cases they can cause leg ulcers or discolouration of the skin.

But by far the most common reason to treat thread veins is for cosmetic reasons. These veins can look very unsightly, especially for those who have pale skin – the veins show up more prominently and can be a source of embarrassment especially if they appear on the cheeks or nose.

There are a range of treatments available for those with thread veins. The simplest is wearing compression socks or stockings on a regular basis. But if you find that this method isn’t working for you, you can turn to laser treatments for a more powerful approach. Contact the team here at Brixworth Laser & Skincare to find out more about the treatments we offer.  



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