What’s the difference between Thread and Varicose veins? 

Our bodies are intricate networks, and sometimes, those networks become visible in ways we might not appreciate. Two common occurrences that often catch our attention are thread veins and varicose veins. 

In this blog, we will unravel the mysteries behind these veins, understand their differences and how they can be treated.

What is a thread vein?

Thread veins, also known as spider veins, are delicate networks of very fine veins that can appear on the skin’s surface. These veins, often less than 0.3mm in diameter, create intricate patterns, resembling spider webs, which is where they get their name. Individuals exposed to outdoor elements or those with conditions like rosacea might find these veins more prevalent, where they are most often found on the face and legs.

Whilst thread veins most often do not cause any symptoms, people often choose to get them removed for cosmetic reasons. At Cosmex Clinic, we treat thread veins ranging from fine individual threads to slightly larger spider veins, up to 2mm in diameter. In your consultation, our experts assess your unique needs and discuss a tailored treatment plan.

Treatment for thread veins

For thread veins, we offer two different treatment types:

Firstly, for veins fewer and up to 2mm diameter, we recommend Spectra Vein, a revolutionary laser treatment designed for thread vein removal. Unlike traditional methods, Spectra Vein offers a fast and well-tolerated solution that is entirely non-invasive, reducing associated risks. The treatment utilises an ultra-fine beam of specially selected infrared light absorbed by the blood in the target vein.

For finer veins, one session with Spectra Vein can make them vanish instantly, while more prominent veins gradually fade away over the following weeks. Although the treatment is permanent, those predisposed to developing thread veins may need future sessions.

Alternatively, we offer Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for when the veins appear as a network (mat) of fine veins. IPL for Vascular Networks is used when thread veins form a network or matting. Its large head allows for the efficient treatment of numerous fine veins in a single pulse—a practical advantage that sets it apart from other methods.

What is a varicose vein? 

Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted veins commonly found in the legs. They result from weakened valves, leading to blood pooling and can be both a cosmetic issue and, at times, cause discomfort or pain. This condition is often hereditary and affects both men and women, with age being a common factor. Factors like prolonged standing, excess weight, hormonal medications, and pregnancy can impact it.

While varicose veins can be symptomatic and problematic, NHS treatment waiting times can be lengthy. From November, the UK Vein Clinic will be offering their services for varicose vein treatment at Cosmex Clinic, allowing us to make such treatments more accessible without the wait times associated with the NHS. 

Varicose vein treatment

Unfortunately, varicose veins cannot be reversed, so treatment involves removing the affected vein. However, this isn’t a cause for concern, as other veins will take over the blood circulation.

Similar to the approach for treating thread veins, the management of varicose veins is minimally invasive, involving minimal downtime. There are two primary methods:

The most widely employed technique is Radiofrequency Ablation. This procedure can be conducted under local anaesthetic, minimising the risk of scarring and reducing recovery time. It utilises radio energy to produce precise heat, offering an effective thermal treatment.

Alternatively, Foam Sclerotherapy may be employed. This ultrasound-guided treatment involves injecting a special foam into the damaged vein. Administered under local anaesthetic, it is nearly painless and carries a low risk of recurrence.

In the ever-evolving landscape of dermatology, Cosmex Clinic is committed to providing cutting-edge solutions for thread and varicose vein removal. Stay tuned for more details throughout November about our new varicose vein treatment with the UK Vein Clinic, heralding a new era in the treatment of varicose veins.

Feel confident in your skin with Cosmex Clinic – where innovation meets personalised care.

You can learn more about our treatments on our website.

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