Laser Thread Vein Treatment
Wellness Clinic - Chelmsford, Essex
Why are thread veins and varicose veins a concern?
Varicose and smaller thread veins affect millions of adults in this country. Even shapely legs can look less attractive with bulging blue veins or a network of thread veins. In fact, a recent survey indicated that British women are more concerned about leg veins than almost any other cosmetic problem.
The exact cause of thread and varicose veins is unknown, although heredity, pregnancy and hormonal changes are believed to be contributing factors.
As people age, these unsightly veins become more common and often more pronounced. 41% of women aged 40-50 years old have varicose veins, increasing to 72% of women aged 60-70 years old. Among men aged 30-40 years old, 24% have varicose veins, increasing to 43% among 70-year-old men.
Whilst usually a cosmetic condition, varicose veins may also pose a health risk. In fact, millions of workdays each year are lost due to complications from varicose veins. The abnormal circulation resulting from varicose veins may cause ulcers, and it is estimated that thousands of people are totally disabled by the condition.
What are thread and varicose veins?
Thread veins are formed by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels located close to the surface of the skin. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, thread veins are most commonly found on the face and legs and look like red or purple sunbursts or web patterns. Thread veins are also referred to as telangiectasia, spider veins or broken capillaries. They usually pose no health hazard but may produce a dull aching in the legs after prolonged standing.
Varicose Veins are swollen or enlarged blood vessels caused by a weakening in the vein’s wall or valves. They are located somewhat deeper than thread veins, are sometimes raised and often appear blue. The origin of these varicose veins may be hidden under the skin. Advanced cases of varicose veins can be harmful to a patient’s health because they may be associated with the development of one or more of the following conditions:
- Venous stasis ulcers, which can result when the enlarged vein does not provide adequate drainage of the fluid from the skin. The swollen skin receives insufficient oxygen and an ulcer forms.
- Phlebitis, which is an inflammation of the vein.
- Thromboses, which are blood clots forming in the enlarged vein.
Who is qualified to treat thread and varicose veins?
Dermatologic doctors and surgeons have extensive training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disorders. As specialists in diseases of the skin, these doctors and surgeons are uniquely qualified to select the treatment method or combination of methods that works best in a particular situation and provides the optimal cosmetic results.
How are veins treated?
A number of surgical treatment options are used to improve vein conditions. All treatments are intended to remove or destroy a defective vein so that its function can be quickly taken over by healthy veins. In most cases, leg compression is recommended with one or more treatments.
Please speak to the Wellness Clinic regarding a consultation for this treatment. You can find out how to find us or contact us on our Contact Page.