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What are the treatment options for Thread Veins?

Article by Dr Tracy Mountford

Will Thread Veins Be The Scourge Of your Life this Summer?  It is now the time of year you are thinking of how you may be able to disguise your unsightly leg veins! These Varicose veins and thread veins or dermal flares affect so many women and men especially in the summer, which is why most of people depending on the actual amount they havefer from prefer to keep their legs well and truly covered up, which presents its own problems on a hot sunny day!

Common side effects of thread veins and varicose veins

Varicose veins can often be seen on the skin. Some other common symptoms of varicose veins in the legs include:

  • Aching pain that may get worse after      sitting or standing for a long time
  • Throbbing or cramping
  • Heaviness
  • Swelling
  • Rash that’s itchy or irritated
  • Darkening of the skin (in severe cases)
  • Restless legs

Most common areas for Thread Veins are:


Most varicose and spider veins appear in the legs due to the pressure of body weight, force of gravity, and task of carrying blood from the bottom of the body up to the heart. Leg veins have the toughest job of carrying blood back to the heart, so they endure the most pressure.


Hands can also be affected by dilated veins and Sclerotherapy is used to lessen the appearance of these. It requires a series of treatments and compression needs to be applied for 2 days. Not all vessels are suitable for treatment so a consultation is vital to establish a treatment plan.


In some circumstances there are abnormal veins to the face which can also be treated by Sclerotherapy.   It is a specialised area and only undertaken following a very detailed consultation

The Treatment for Thread Veins And What It Entails:

Sclerotherapy  is the most common and effective treatment for both spider veins and reticular veins. The practitioner uses a needle to inject a liquid chemical into the vein. The chemical causes the vein walls to swell, stick together, and seal shut. This stops the flow of blood, and the vein turns into scar tissue. In a few weeks, the vein should fade. This treatment does not require anaesthetic and can be carried out here at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic. You can return to normal activity right after treatment.

The same vein may need to be treated more than once. Treatments are usually done every 2 to 4 weeks. You will be asked to wear gradient compression stockings after Sclerotherapy to help with healing and decrease swelling. This treatment is very effective when done correctly. Sclerotherapy is the gold standard treatment for removing veins.

Possible side effects include:

  • Stinging, red and raised patches of skin, or bruises where the injection was made. These usually go away shortly  after treatment.
  • Spots, brown lines, or groups of fine red blood vessels around the treated vein. These also usually go away shortly after treatment.

Always ensure that you have a thorough consultation with a specially trained vascular surgeon or vascular nurse to determine the right treatment for you.



Dr Tracy Mountford

Tracy is a top non-surgical cosmetic doctor to many A list celebrities and is highly regarded by her peer group. She is known for her light hands and natural looking results and has been voted one of the top Botox doctors in the UK. Tracy is the founder and Medical Director of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic and has over 20 years experience in advanced non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques. She is a founder member of the BACD (British Association of Cosmetic Doctors) and is regarded as a key opinion leader in the field of aesthetic medicine. Tracy is frequently quoted in the national press & magazines. She has also appeared on television programmes such as - BBC Breakfast, ITV - GMTV & This Morning, UK Living - The Truth About Beauty and 10 Years Younger: The Challenge.

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