Facial Thread Veins
Facial Thread Veins, also known as “spider veins”, are commonly seen in Irish skin. They consist of tiny, yet visible superficial blood vessels, usually affecting the facial prominences, ie. cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.
Facial veins are caused by chronic sun damage in fair skinned people who have an inherent genetic tendency. They are further aggravated by lifestyle habits, namely drinking alcohol and smoking coupled with extremes of temperature and intense physical exertion. Although facial thread veins can be unsightly, they are harmless and can be successfully treated at Beacon Face & Dermatology with laser therapy in combination with the use of daily sun protection using broad spectrum UVA+UVB sun cream.
Leg Thread Veins
Small, superficial and visible leg veins are commonly seen in adults, and can affect both women and men. Leg thread veins are caused by a number of different factors, either alone or in combination, including the following:
Genetic tendency towards formation of visible superficial blood vessels.
Hormonal changes including Pregnancy, OCP (oral contraceptive pill), HRT (hormone replacement therapy).
Significant weight gain.
Increase in localised pressure, e.g., standing on your feet all day long, or weight bearing sports.
Photo damaged skin.
Leg thread veins can be successfully treated with laser therapy, vascular laser therapy or Sclerotherapy, coupled with appropriate sun protection. The above treatments are well tolerated and relatively painless. Some patients have described experiencing a brief “stinging” sensation. No anaesthetic or topical analgesia is required and you can resume your normal daily activities immediatley after the treatments are completed.
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