Thread veins, also called spider veins, are a type of vascular lesion that are typically benign in nature, but can present aesthetic concerns for patients. For this reason, many seek laser treatment to effectively remove or improve the appearance of their thread veins.
Contact the CREO Clinic today to book a consultation with our specialists who will design a bespoke treatment plan to permanently remove your spider veins.
What is Laser Thread Vein Removal Treatment?
At the CREO Clinic, we work with the powerful Fotona laser to target tiny blood vessels and vascular lesions like thread veins without causing damage to the skin.
During treatment, laser energy deeply penetrates the skin, and is absorbed by the blood in the capillaries. As a result, the walls of the targeted vein are destroyed and the vessel is no longer visible, vastly improving the appearance of the skin.
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How Does Thread Vein (Spider Vein) Laser Treatment Work?
Fotona’s long-pulse Nd:YAG laser deeply penetrates the skin to reach the targeted blood vessels without damaging the overlying skin or surrounding tissues. The wavelength used is attracted to the haemoglobin, causing homogeneous heating which affects the blood vessels alone, causing the blood to coagulate and the walls of the veins to collapse.
Overall, this causes the blood vessels to shrink, minimising or completely eliminating the appearance of spider veins on the skin’s surface.
Which Areas of the Body Can the Laser Treat?
Spider veins are often more visible on the face as the surrounding skin there is much thinner and more prone to sun exposure. For this reason, patients often choose to undergo laser thread vein treatment for facial thread veins, leg thread veins, and neck thread veins, though these visible veins can develop and be treated across the body.
How Much Does Laser Thread Vein Removal Cost?
The cost of laser thread vein removal depends on the size of the area treated and the number of treatments booked. You will therefore receive a full cost breakdown following your initial consultation. In general, prices start from:
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How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Most patients only require one session to see a major reduction in the appearance of their targeted thread veins. However, it is safe to undergo additional sessions every 4-6 weeks, if required.
What to Expect
During your consultation with our laser specialist, a full examination will be carried out on your spider veins to determine whether laser treatments are the most suitable option.
You will also be required to have a patch test to ensure that your skin is able to tolerate laser treatment. If you are deemed suitable, a bespoke treatment plan will be created to treat your face or leg veins.
Laser thread vein removal with the Fotona Nd:YAG laser is quick and effective. Our laser specialist will carefully and precisely target the spider veins with the laser, delivering heat energy to the blood vessels. This treatment process can then be repeated for any additional spider veins you wish to treat. Once the blood vessels are destroyed, the appearance of your spider veins should be reduced, or may be gone entirely.
Recovery & Results
The Fotona laser requires no downtime after treatment, meaning you will be able to return to your daily activities as normal. However, you may experience a small degree of inflammation or bruising in the treated areas, though these should not interfere with your regular activity and should quickly fade.
Patients are usually able to see a major improvement in the appearance of their thread veins following one session. The blood vessels may appear faded or may have disappeared completely. However, multiple sessions may be required to reach your aesthetic goals which may be undergone after 4-6 weeks.
Why Choose CREO Clinic
At CREO, we operate on a core ethos of transparency and expertise to deliver transformative results for our patients. Our laser specialists work to design a bespoke treatment package tailored to the needs of each equally unique patient.
We work with the Fotona SP Dynamis laser to deliver safe and effective treatments with no downtime. Using this innovative technology, our specialists can harness the power of laser energy to help you reach your aesthetic goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes thread veins (spider veins)?
Spider veins develop when small valves inside the body or facial veins stop functioning correctly. The valves are designed to regulate blood flow and prevent build up inside the vein. However, when these valves are weakened or damaged, blood can flow backwards in the vein, pooling and collecting before bulging and branching out. This creates the “spider” pattern across the surface of the skin. The medical name for this condition is telangiectasia.
Is thread vein removal safe?
The Fotona Nd:YAG laser is able to precisely target spider veins, penetrating the blood vessels without damaging the overlying skin or surrounding tissues. In doing so, the veins can be removed safely.
Who can benefit from thread vein removal?
Thread vein removal can be beneficial for any patient who has aesthetic concerns regarding the appearance of their thread veins. By treating the spider veins, patients can enjoy a boost in their skin’s appearance, alleviating any self-consciousness regarding spider veins.
Is laser vein removal painful?
Laser vein removal should cause minimal discomfort, meaning most patients don’t require an anaesthetic for treatment. However, our specialists are experts in pain management and are able to administer an anaesthetic if preferred.
How long does the procedure take?
The length of treatment can depend on the number and size of spider veins you are seeking to treat. In general, you can expect each session to last around an hour.
How soon will I see the results?
Small spider veins typically disappear immediately, with some leaving a brown or grey tone where the vein has previously been. This discoloration usually fades within a few days before disappearing completely.
What is the downtime after treatment?
One of the major benefits of the Fotona laser thread removal is that it requires no downtime. Our specialist will provide you with comprehensive aftercare guidelines following treatment. You will also be advised to wear SPF 50 across the treated areas for the first two weeks.
Are there any side effects?
You may experience a small amount of inflammation or bruising in the treated areas after your laser treatment. However, this should be minimal and should not interfere with your usual activity.
How long do the results last?
The results of laser vein removal are permanent, as the laser energy destroys the blood vessels that cause the veins to appear. However, new veins may develop in other places over time, requiring further treatment.