Wondering which treatment is best for you? Check out our commonly asked questions for some quick answers and put your mind at ease before you head out for spider vein treatment.
Spider-veins are small blue, red or purple veins that rise on the surface of the skin, becoming visible when they shouldn’t be. They get their creepy crawly name from the fact that they usually appear in ‘clumps’ that look quite similar to spider webs. Spider veins are most commonly found on the legs and occasionally on the face, but they can appear on any part of the body, becoming quite unsightly.
Although spider-veins are not medically dangerous, many people are self-conscious about them, so will make the decision to remove them and improve their complexion and confidence.
Thread veins are very similar to spider veins, in that they are also usually blue, purple or red. However, these veins tend to look more like a twisted rope than a spider web, making them look like they are protruding from the skin.
There are many reasons why spider veins or thread veins can appear. For some people, they are simply the result of age, caused by years of exposure to the sun or because of an injury in the affected area. For others, however, it can just be a genetic thing. It’s also believed that standing or sitting for too long can cause spider and thread veins, so now might be a good time to try a little spot of deskercise while you’re in the office, or head to the gym on your lunch break.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of any of your veins and think it may be more than just spider or thread veins, make sure to ask your doctor about them. You can find out more information about treatment for varicose veins and other conditions on the NHS website.
There are several techniques used to remove spider veins, each of which come with different timescales and costs.
Good news - when successful, spider vein and thread vein treatment is considered permanent. It can take some time for the veins to disappear and it may require several sessions, but when that unsightly cluster of spider veins disappears, it’s gone for good.
It’s important to do your research into the various treatments and speak to your doctor if you have any concerns or questions.
Spider vein treatment can cause some pain, especially after the treatment. The area affected can become bruised or swollen, or just generally feel tight or tender.
Before you choose a voucher in London near you and undergo spider vein treatment, you’ll be able to ask the doctor/practitioner for more details. A consultation will take place before treatment begins, so this is the best time to discuss any concerns you may have about the treatment.