Vain...not so vein!

Treating thread veins to the face and neck

Thread veins are extremely common and sometimes embarrassing, and mostly affect face and legs. The causes of thread veins are unknown, although they may be caused by sun exposure, smoking, hormonal changes, alcohol, and prolonged standing, pregnancy as well as genetics.

Thread veins (Telangiectasia ) are small superficial red-purple veins which appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the face and legs.

Thread veins on the face respond best to ND-YAG Laser treatment. Ninety-eight per cent clearance can be achieved with a course of treatments. Treatments vary depending on the severity of the veins.  Most people require between three and six treatments. Veins are also associated with rosacea, an inflammatory skin condition that flares for a variety of reasons such as stress, hormonal changes, environmental factors, and some foods. Flare ups can be reduced by avoidance of  triggers - sunlight, alcohol, extremes of temperature, spicy food, or stress. The inflammatory part of rosacea causes spots that can be treated with antibiotic cream or tablets.  If the inflammatory part of rosacea is left untreated it will cause more thread veins.

Treating thread veins on legs

Thread veins on the legs respond best to Sclerotherapy. Using a tiny needle a small amount of solution is injected directly into the vein. The solution irritates the vessel lining which collapses, preventing blood flow back through the vein. Over six weeks the veins disappear. The number of treatments depends on the size and severity of veins.

For further information or appointments, contact the Laser and Skin Clinic, Athlone at (090 ) 6498839 or Mullingar at (044 ) 9347800.

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