Thread veins are extremely common, especially among women, and often appear on the face, body or legs. They are caused by damage to valves in the veins that prevent blood from traveling so easily and do not cause physical discomfort or pain. However, there is no way of reversing or reducing the appearance of thread veins naturally, which is why some people who feel self-conscious about the area affected may choose to have treatment.

What does the procedure involve?

The procedure can take between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the size of the area being treated. Using very small needles a liquid is injected into the thin veins causing them to perish. After 2 to 3 weeks the vein closes and is no longer visible.

What to expect post surgery?

Specialist post–op care:
> TED stockings to be worn for 2 weeks.

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What are the risks?

Common side effects:
> Bruising will last for a few weeks, small ulcers in the skin and darkening of veins.

Further risks relating specifically to thread vein treatment include:
> Damage to a deeper vein in the leg is rare but can require an operation.

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