Thread veins, or spider veins, are incredibly common in both men and women. They’re wrongly associated with old age and ageing skin, because those in their 20s can develop thread veins in their skin. While it’s true they can be triggered or more can develop during periods of hormonal influence such as pregnancy and the menopause, they can truly affect anyone at any age. They’re a natural part of your skin and usually nothing to worry about, but we understand that some may not like the appearance of their thread veins. This is why we offer thread vein removal using short wave diathermy.
Why spider veins occur
Thread veins are common in those who are stood up or on their feet a lot, for example nurses, teachers, factory workers, and hairdressers. The occur because of small malfunctions in the valves of your veins that may prevent blood from flowing normally. If these valves don’t close correctly when blood is being pumped, blood can leak back into the vein and become more visible over time. This is why they’re extremely common in the legs, because the blood cannot be moved against gravity and back up to the heart.
Common causes of thread veins (spider veins)
- Thread veins can be hereditary
- Obesity or weight gain
- Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, puberty, or menopause
- Using birth control pills
- Hormone replacement therapy post-menopause
- A family or personal history of blood clots
Thread vein removal us short wave diathermy
Short wave diathermy is a treatment used to lessen the visible appearance of thread veins. We use a very fine needle to prick the skin over the thread veins and deliver a controlled electrical current to the vein. This heats the walls, causing them to stick together and seal the vein off from further blood flow. Over the course of a few weeks, the vein disperses and is reabsorbed by the body, making it much less noticeable.
Thread vein removal downtime
After your treatment, your skin may be a little pink or puffy, but this should settle down after a few hours. A healing process then starts, and your results will be apparent 4 to 6 weeks after treatment. After this, we’d recommend a follow-up appointment to assess whether a second is needed. Everyone’s treatment journey with thread vein removal is different, so we take this process at your own pace and make our best recommendations for your individual case.
Preventing thread veins at home
There are some steps you can take at home to prevent the development of thread veins. The following help to enhance the blood flow in your legs:
- Regular physical activity helps muscles in the legs push blood back to your heart against the force gravity that would usually help them collect. This will help prevent new veins from forming.
- Losing weight may help, as carrying extra weight makes it more difficult for your veins to move blood back up to your heart.
- Wearing compression stockings at home might be a good idea, because they help to increase blood flow from your legs.