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Thread & Spider Veins


Those thin red, purple and blue veins on the legs and face can affect your self confidence–but they don’t have to continue making you insecure. At Adonia Medical Clinic in London, Dr. Ifeoma Ejikeme routinely treats thread veins, spider veins, and veins on the face. Because Adonia Medical Clinic offers both sclerotherapy and laser therapy, Dr. Ejikeme and her staff can design the most comprehensive treatments to help those veins fade.

The Relationship Between Varicose Veins and Thread Veins

Varicose veins and thread veins are distinct, but sometimes related issues. Varicose veins are large, raised veins, typically in the legs and feet. These knotty, protruding veins are the result of a weakened vein wall, which causes the blood to collect. They are often painful. Thread veins, on the other hand, are superficial dilated capillaries. While they are unsightly, they do not cause discomfort or pain. Individuals with varicose veins are more likely to get thread or spider veins. However, an individual can develop spider veins without the presence of varicose veins.

The exact cause of these vascular conditions in not known. The tendency to develop varicose veins or thread veins seems to be related to genetics. Lifestyle factors also may play a role, such as being sedentary or standing for long periods of time.

Treatment for Thread (Spider) Veins

There are different treatment options for thread veins. Sclerotherapy and laser therapy can been done independently or in a combined treatment.

Sclerotherapy. During a sclerotherapy treatment, the thread vein is injected with a fibrovein solution. The solution causes the vein to gradually shrink until it disappears completely. For larger blood vessels (4mm), sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice. The treatment is not painful and does not require a recovery period.

Laser Therapy. This treatment that involves destroying thread veins using short pulses of light. When the laser light reaches the vein, it causes it to collapse. The effectiveness of a laser treatments depends the wavelength of light being emitted and the color of broken blood vessel. Red thread veins are the highly responsive veins to a pulse dye laser. On the other hand, blue spider veins are responsive to laser light with longer wavelengths. After laser therapy, you can return to you normal activities.

Treatment Veins on the Face

Very fine broken blood vessels can appear on the face, specifically on the nose, cheeks, and chin. These veins are often associated with another skin condition, rosacea. Rosacea is a common skin condition that can affect adults.  Characterized by flare-ups that cause redness and dilated blood vessels, rosacea can be managed with laser therapy.

Your Vein Treatment Consultation at Adonia Medical Clinic, London, UK

If would like to learn more about treatments for thread veins or veins in the face, contact Adonia Medical Clinic to schedule a consultation. Dr. Ifeoma Ejikeme specializes in vascular treatments. Close to the Marylebourne, Kilburn, and Ladbroke Grove stations, Adonia Medical Clinic is conveniently located in central London


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