Thread veins

What are thread veins?

Thread veins – also called spider veins or broken veins – are tiny but visible blood vessels that lie just below the surface of the skin.

They can be on the face or the body, appearing as very fine, thread-like, red or purple wavy lines.

The main concern for most people who have thread veins is how they look. They can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance, and wanting to cover up the areas where they appear.

Are thread veins a health problem?

While thread veins are not actually broken, only dilated (enlarged), they may indicate an underlying problem such as major or minor varicose veins.

These can cause aching, itching and a feeling of heaviness in the legs as well as cramping at night.

In such cases, you would need to have treatment for the underlying cause before we could treat your thread veins.


Treatments for thread veins

We offer two treatments for thread veins:

  • radiofrequency thread vein removal
  • laser treatment for vascular lesions (including thread veins).

Radiofrequency treatment passes radio waves through the skin to remove or re-shape unwanted lesions such as thread veins.

Because it works at lower temperatures than traditional electrosurgery, it is more comfortable and has faster healing time.

Radiofrequency treatment can also remove moles and skin tags.

Laser treatment for vascular lesions targets thread veins with short pulses of light that break down the vessel walls.

The damaged blood vessels are absorbed by the body, making them less visible or destroying them completely.


For more information about treatments for thread veins, and to book your consultation with the doctor, please contact us at Dr MediSpa.

*Results may vary from person to person