Thread Veins

Spider Veins

Thread veins, which are also sometimes called ‘spider veins’, are small blue or red veins at the surface of the skin.

While there is nothing dangerous or worrying about thread veins, many people find these to be unattractive because of their visibility. It’s also important to remember that thread veins are not the same as varicose veins, which are thicker and lie underneath the skin.

How are thread veins treated?

Thread veins can be treated using a method called microsclerotherapy.

This treatment involves injecting a ‘sclerosant’ solution using a fine needle into the area in which thread veins are present. A course of microsclerotherapy treatments should result in the complete disappearance of the thread veins, as the injected solution should cause the veins to swell, allowing no blood to flow through them.

When you look at your thread veins, what you are actually seeing is the blood inside them – so once the veins dry up, they should no longer be visible.

Who should consider microsclerotherapy?

Microsclerotherapy is for anybody who dislikes the visibility of their thread veins.

Most of us will have thread veins somewhere, but they are most bothersome when located on a highly visible part of the body, such as the face.

Women who have been pregnant several times are also more likely to suffer from thread veins, though our patients include a mix of both genders and all ages.

Please note that you will not be able to undergo microsclerotherapy if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a history of DVT or pulmonary embolism, are allergic to fibrovein, or have inflamed skin in the area which needs to be treated.

How much does it cost?

Microsclerotherapy treatments are offered by Dr. Barbara Kubicka at Clinicbe from just £300.

Thread veins FAQ

Is microsclerotherapy uncomfortable?

Not really. The treatment takes around 30-40 minutes in total, and because the needle used is very small, it typically causes minimal discomfort.

Treatments are made as comfortable as possible by use of a variety of techniques as appropriate to the treatment and the individual’s personal requirements. Ice is used as a topical anaesthetic. If necessary, a dental block anaesthetic may also be used. Pain killers are also available on request.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on the number of areas you wish to have treated and the visibility of your thread veins.

Is it safe?

Of course. Microsclerotherapy has been performed on millions of people around the world, and is a well-established procedure within the cosmetic industry.