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Thread Veins



Thread veins, also often known as “spider veins “or “dermal flares or flare veins”, “capillary veins”, “broken veins” are fine veins that can be seen through the skin.


These veins tend to occur on the legs, face, cheek or nose. The tiny ones tend to be red in colour and the larger one purplish.


These small veins are present in everyone but are not normally visible until they expand and show through the skin. There are various reasons why they become more visible - one of these can be too much sun over the years, another is pregnancy. They may also be an inherited problem, being more obvious after mid-life because the skin has become thinner and some of the under skin layers are absorbed during later life with the veins becoming more obviously exposed.


This problem often runs in families or may develop following an injury to the leg. They are often the source of itching or aching after prolonged standing.


Although unsightly they are harmless and the majority of these veins can be successfully treated.



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In some patients thread veins may be related to varicose veins. Prior to treating thread veins, it is vitally important to exclude any underlying cause by doing an ultrasound investigation. It is not advisable to treat thread veins without the ultrasound scan as the results could prove unsatisfactory and a waste of money.

Failure to do this test may result in a rapid recurrence whenever underlying varicose veins are present. Treatment may be with microsclerotherapy (injection treatment), Veinwave or occasionally PhotoDerm.





A new proven technology called PhotoDerm has revolutionised the treatment of unsightly facial thread veins. In this case no ultrasound test is required and treatment is usually highly successful.


Veinwave is also available for the treatment of thread veins on the face as well as other more sensitive areas of the body. Again, an ultrasound test is not required although treatment will only be carried out after a facial consultation with the specialist. Veinwave is more suitable than PhotoDerm for patients with darker complexions.


For further information or to arrange a consultation with one of our vein specialists to discuss your needs, please call:


Telephone: 0207 286 7274

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contacts St John and Elizabeth Hospital

For further information or to arrange a consultation contact us by the following ways:

Head Office.
The Hospital of St Johns and St. Elizabeth,
Grove End Road,
London. NW8 9NH.

0207 286 7274
0207 078 3877

Medical Director:
Mr David Greenstein MD BSc FRCS
Consultant Vascular Surgeon


St John and Elizabeth Hospital

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