Thread Veins Treatment & Removal in Cheshire
Thread veins, also called spider veins or broken veins, are a benign medical condition that tends to affect people’s lower limbs as they get older. Thread veins are generally not harmful, but they can be unsightly and embarrassing.
Your initial consultation at Vein Solutions will involve a clinical examination and depending on the area of treatment an ultrasound scan may be required to present and guide the decision regarding the optimum treatment strategy.
Vein Solutions thread vein removal is available at various Healthcare Commission recognised facilities covering Cheshire, Chester, North Wales, Manchester, Stockport, Warrington, Wirral and Liverpool.
Patients with thread veins have benefited from the new techniques available, which are performed under a local anaesthetic as an outpatient procedure in under an hour.
What are Thread Veins?
Thread veins occur as a result of problems in the circulatory system. Healthy veins continually direct blood towards the heart through a series of one-way valves. Occasionally, these valves may break down or malfunction, allowing blood to pool in the vein. This causes the vein to bulge and twist until it becomes noticeable on the surface of the skin.
While there is no one sure cause of thread veins, several lifestyle and biological factors may contribute to them:
- Drinking alcohol excessively
- Trauma to the skin or extremities
- Excessive temperature changes
- Hormonal changes due to pregnancy or menopause
- Normal ageing
- Genetic predisposition
Treatments Available for Thread Veins / Spider Veins
Treatment options available for the treatment of thread veins include:
1. Microsclerotherapy Treatment
The traditional treatment for thread veins is microsclerotherapy. This treatment involves injecting the vein with a chemical that causes the vein walls to stick together. This blocks blood flow and stimulates the body to redirect the blood to deeper veins and reabsorb the broken vein. Since the process involves multiple small needle injections, there is some discomfort and pain during the procedure.
The recovery period for this treatment can be extensive. The process results in bruising that clears away naturally within weeks or months. The area may be sensitive during this time. The severity of bruising varies from person to person depending on their health and the number and size of veins treated. Very large veins may result in deeper bruising that will fade to a dark brown discolouration. The discolouration may take up to one year to fade completely. Medical compression stockings are often worn to improve bruise recovery and shorten the time.
While microsclerotherapy is effective, it may require additional treatments to remove all veins. Generally, a single treatment will remove 60-70 per cent of the veins. A patient must then wait for bruising to fade before going for an additional treatment.
2. Veinwave Treatment
This treatment option combines some elements of microsclerotherapy and laser therapy. As in microsclerotherapy, a needle is used to apply a chemical substance to the vein. In this case, that chemical heats the vein and causes the blood to coagulate similar to that of laser therapy. It is useful in treating smaller veins that may not be treatable with sclerotherapy.
This treatment also has minimal to no downtime or recovery needed. Veins may disappear within moments of the treatment, making it faster than either of the other methods. There is no bruising and only minimal discomfort. Most patients will not need to have any anaesthetic or painkillers during or after treatment.
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Thread Vein Treatment Aftercare
Depending on the chosen treatment method, patients should follow these aftercare steps for at least 24-48 hours after treatment.
Your consultant may recommend additional aftercare steps for each individual patient, which should be followed as well.
- It can be helpful to soothe the skin with Aloe Vera gel.
- Avoid the use of any other perfumed creams, moisturisers or oils.
- Avoid prolonged contact with sunlight.
- Avoid exposure to excessive hot or cold temperatures. This includes ice and hot or cold baths or showers.
Prevention of Thread Veins
In most cases, thread veins cannot be entirely prevented.
They are a natural occurrence of age and degradation of the circulatory system. That said, people can take several steps to decrease the likelihood of thread veins or keep their severity to a minimum.
Lifestyle changes are key to helping prevent thread veins. This includes getting plenty of exercise in the legs and feet, such as jogging or walking. It also includes maintaining a healthy weight so that circulation in the legs and feet is less stressed. If your job involves long periods of standing or sitting, it is important to stretch or move the legs and feet periodically to keep good circulation and blood flow.
Thread Vein Recurrence
All of the treatments for thread veins generally result in the permanent removal of the treated vein.
Treatment, however, is very site specific. Only directly treated veins will be removed, and the treatment does not prevent the occurrence of new veins. Over time, patients will likely have some occurrence of additional veins at or near the treated area or at different areas of the body. They may need additional treatments to remove the new veins. This does not mean that previous treatments have failed.
Treatment for unsightly thread veins, spider veins or varicose veins is possible. The majority of patients respond very well to treatment and can continue about their daily lives with minimal to no complications. Freedom from embarrassing veins is possible today.