Spider Veins vs Thread Veins – What’s the Difference?

thread vein legsThread veins and spider veins are essentially different words for the same vascular problem.

They describe a condition whereby veins are visible at the skin’s surface. The condition is caused by dilated or broken veins near the surface of the skin. This causes improper blood flow and leaves blood gathering in the veins rather than flowing at its normal rate. The blood is then visible through the skin in certain places, appearing as fine pink, red, purple or bluish lines. If you press the skin, the colour often temporarily disappears, but will reappear quickly when blood gathers again.

If there is any distinction between the terms ‘spider veins’ and ‘thread veins’ it may relate to the size. The term spider veins may indicate smaller and more delicate web-like veins, such as those found on the face, while thread veins may be expected to be bigger. However, many clients refer to larger visible veins on the leg as spider veins as well.

The medical name for this condition is telangiectasia. They are smaller than varicose veins and tend not to cause any physical symptoms such as itchiness or discomfort. The main concern is that they are unsightly, especially when they appear on the face or legs.

It is important to have a correct diagnosis of spider veins so that the correct treatment can be delivered.

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Same Day Treatment for Spider Veins

Cosmedics’ London Vein Treatment Centre offers a choice of safe and effective non-invasive options for dealing with unwanted telangiectasia. Both small and large spider veins can be treated on the face, legs and body.

These are medically proven treatments with high success rates and results are practically instant.

Laser Treatment

The sophisticated Harmony XL Pro Laser treatment is available at both London Vein Treatment Centres in Harley Street and Putney. As well as destroying the thread veins, the advanced laser energy also works to stimulate healing and cell renewal in the treated area for clearer-looking skin. It is a gentle and effective treatment for facial thread veins on the face and also deals with smaller spider veins on the legs.

Injectable Treatment

For larger thread veins (e.g. purple/blue leg veins), microsclerotherapy injections may be a preferable option. This treatment is available in all of the London Vein Treatment centres.

Microcautery Treatment

The company also offer micro-cautery treatment, which uses a special probe to deliver a short burst of intense heat in a very precise way in order to destroy thread veins and spider veins. This is a fast and effective treatment

London Vein Treatment Centre

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offers spider vein and thread vein removal treatment at a choice of 4 London Vein Treatment Centres using medically proven techniques.

All thread vein treatments are carried out by skilled and experienced doctors.

For more information, please complete the form to the right hand side or call 020 7386 0464.