• Thread or Spider Veins

    Varicose, thread and spider veins can develop for a variety of reasons, most often in the legs. They can make you feel like hiding your legs away, but that doesn’t have to be the case! If you’re feeling self-conscious about your veins, treatments are available.

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In the winter months, it’s easy to hide our legs away in layers. We can forget the insecurities we have about our legs being a little less toned than we’d like, or those visible veins that won’t go away. As the weather starts to get warmer though, you don’t want to hide, you want to feel confident (and less hot!) with your legs out – and that’s where we can help. Suffering from varicose veins, thread or spider veins needn’t be a problem and we’re here to banish your vein woes for good.

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What are thread, spider and varicose veins?PlusMinus

Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins. They often protrude beyond the skin’s surface and can be dark blue, red or skin-coloured in appearance. Thread veins (or spider veins, as they are also called) are like varicose veins but are much smaller and as such require different treatment. Spider veins are veins that branch off others and appear to have a spider-like appearance.

What causes thread veins?PlusMinus

Thread (or spider) veins tend to develop as we age. They appear when our skin and blood vessels lose elasticity. Hormonal changes, due to pregnancy or the menopause for example, can lead to thread veins. Standing for prolonged amounts of time and frequent flying can also cause thread veins to form.

Lifestyle choices can also be an influential factor. For example, too much exposure to the sun, wind or extreme temperatures can cause spider veins to develop. Unfortunately, thanks to your genes, you can even inherit your family’s susceptibility to these little veins.

What do thread veins look like?PlusMinus

  • Thread veins are the red capillaries and blood vessels that are visible as small red veins. They’re often found around the nose, legs and feet.

  • Thread veins are the red capillaries and blood vessels that are visible as small red veins. They’re often found around the nose, legs and feet.

  • Thread veins are the red capillaries and blood vessels that are visible as small red veins. They’re often found around the nose, legs and feet.

Tips for dealing with thread veinsPlusMinus

There are several changes you can make to help prevent varicose veins from forming or becoming worse:

  • Try to avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time. Make sure you take breaks during the day and try to walk more if you have an office job. Likewise, if you have a really active day, remember to rest
  • Try to avoid crossing your legs
  • Take part in regular physical activities to help your blood move through your veins
  • Wear compression hosiery when flying
  • Seek professional advice from one of our DestinationSkin expert practitioners

How much does thread vein removal cost?PlusMinus

TREATMENTSingle treatment

Course of 3 treatments

A thorough cleanse of your skin using cosmeceutical grade products specifically tailored to treat your concerns.

Our Skin resurfacers use high quality botanical ingredients and offer a gentle approach to
calming and soothing the skin.

Using Intense Pulse light therapy, this proven technique is the most effective anti-inflammatory treatment available to help soothe, calm and reduce redness, rosacea and broken capillaries, helping to address the cause of your skin concerns.

Laser therapy is used to stop the blood supply to unwanted thread veins, effectively reducing and removing their appearance.
MICRO-NEEDLING (Genuine Dermaroller and Electronic Dermastamp)

A minimally invasive treatment using a handheld device triggering the body to rapidly produce new collagen and elastin. Great for reducing scars, stretch marks and improving uneven complexions and skin texture.

This non-invasive injectable treatment can be performed by a fully-trained medical injector only. The veins are injected with a prescription solution which causes the unwanted veins to clot then break down

How we can treat your thread veinsPlusMinus

Laser and IPL

We can perform highly effective laser or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) vein removal treatments. They both dramatically reduce the appearance of your veins. Laser is used to treat the veins on the legs and face and IPL is used to treat the veins on the upper body.

Advanced Electrolysis

We can also provide Advanced Electrolysis, which treats the vein with a tiny current of electricity to cauterise the area.


Sclerotherapy is another alternative. During this treatment, we inject the veins with a solution called fibrovein. It collapses the veins before the body naturally flushes them away. The results are usually immediate and one treatment is often enough to achieve a highly satisfying result, however more sessions may be needed for larger areas of vessels.


Your practitioner will advise which treatment is right for your thread veins at your consultation.


Q: What is sclerotherapy?
A: Sclerotherapy is a treatment in which a medical injector injects the veins with a solution called a fibrovein. The fibrovein slightly irritates the inner lining of the veins injected, which causes the walls to become sticky when compressed, leading the walls to stick together and collapse. Once all the veins have collapsed, the body can no longer use them and absorbs them back into the system.  As this absorption is a natural process, it can take a number of months before the veins fully disappear.

Q: Which treatment is best for me?
A: At DestinationSkin, we know that everyone’s skin concerns are individual, and therefore your treatment plan will be bespoke to you. Our treatment recommendation will be dependent on the severity of your thread veins, any medical history and your own preferences. In our free skin consultations, our expert practitioners and medical injectors will discuss each treatment option thoroughly with you, so that you can make the best decision for you.

Q: When is the best time to have this treatment done?
A: Depending on your treatment pathway, we can plan the right time for you to have your treatment. We advise you not to have the treatment too close to any events whereby the area will be exposed to extremes of weather or temperature. The treatments can be performed in all months of the year.

Q: Does thread vein treatment cause any bruising or pigmentation?
A: Immediately after a Sclerotherapy treatment, you will see mild redness and perhaps a bruise on the treated area, before noticing a gradual improvement in the treated area. It can take a few weeks before you see results as the veins need to dissolve and be reabsorbed into the body. Advanced Electrolysis may present mild redness or swelling immediately following treatment, however, your skin will return to normal the following day.

Q: How many appointments are needed?
A: We have 3 different methods of treating red veins on the face. They can all be charged by time and prices start from £60 for a 15 minute treatment.

Q: How long before you can wear foundation on your face?
A: We can apply mineral based foundation immediately after treatment which you may also purchase. You can then use other make-up in the following few days..

Q: How much downtime is there after treatments?
A: Some people have very little down time, but some will need up to 2 weeks.

Q: Are laser vein removal treatments safe?
A: Yes. We will always do a thorough consultation and test patch and make sure that this is the best treatment for you before we do anything. Your safety is our number one priority.

Q: How do I know if I’m suitable for IPL vein removal?
A:  We offer a free consultation, where out practitioner will assess your skin and come up with a treatment plan that is catered for you.

Q: What does IPL vein removal treatment feel like?
A: It feels like the flicking of an elastic band on the skin.

Q: How quickly will I notice results?
A: You would generally see results after your first treatments but will need to complete a course of treatments to see the full result.

Q: How much downtime is there after laser vein removal treatment?
A: The healthier your skin, the quicker it can heal. Usually, the results can be seen a couple of weeks after treatment. However, as we are heating the blood vessel, darkening of the vein isn’t uncommon, and often the veins can look more pronounced until the skin has broken the veins down. Do avoid sun exposure on the treated area.

Q: How do I know if I’m suitable for laser vein removal?
A: We’ll take you through a complete health review to check for your suitability.

Q: Is laser vein removal treatment safe?
A: We pride ourselves on having highly skilled, experienced practitioners who carry out this treatment. The machine that we use is an FDA approved device for the treatment of thread veins,

Q: Does laser vein removal treatment hurt?
A: A cooling gel is applied before the treatment and cold air is used whilst the treatment is taking place. The treatment feels like a small flick of an elastic band.

Related conditionsPlusMinus

  • Varicose Veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
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Last edited: 01/06/2020