Thread Veins And The Treatments To Help Give You Flawless Skin

Thread veins, which can also be referred to as spider veins or broken veins, are a very common condition here in Ireland. Experts believe that 20% of women develop thread veins in their 20s, and they become even more common as we age, with 50% of women over the age of 40 experiencing the condition. Thread veins can also affect men, but as there is often a hormonal factor involved, it is far more common in the female of the species. Thankfully, there are treatments available that can reduce or get rid of these unwelcome additions to our faces, but first, let’s take a look at what they are.

The medical term for thread veins or broken veins is telangiectasia and they’re not actually broken at all, they are in fact enlarged. They occur when tiny blood vessels become visible through the skin, creating spidery web-like patterns that, while not harmful or dangerous, can be very unsightly.

Our blood vessels move in and out all the time, expanding and contracting and pushing the blood through our bodies. Over time, these vessels begin to lose elasticity and in some cases they remain expanded and become visible under the skin, giving that broken appearance.

Certain other factors can be at play too. Hormonal changes (the condition can occur a lot during pregnancy) and exposure to fluctuating temperatures, i.e. extremes of hot and cold, can make the problem worse. Some people also have a genetic predisposition to thread veins so if someone in your family has them, chances are you might develop them at some stage too.

Thread veins are usually red or purple in colour and the condition can vary in severity. They can often appear around the eye area, where the skin is at its thinnest, and other common areas include on the nose and on the cheeks. Pale, Celtic-skin types (that’s most Irish people) often suffer from thread veins and because of their pale complexion the problem can look quite significant. It’s also quite common to see thread veins occurring alongside rosacea, skin sensitivity or general redness – which are all conditions that will need to be addressed.

You can boost skin and capillary health by adding flavonoid-rich raspberry tea, cherries, red grapes and blueberries to your diet, but there are also treatments available to get rid of thread veins and give you back your flawless skin, and very good results can be achieved in a lot of cases. As with most things, early treatment is advisable and it’s easier to get rid of smaller thread veins than it is to treat larger ones.

Here are a couple of the more popular and effective treatments for thread veins:


IPL (Intense Pulse Light) can be used to treat a number of skin issues and works very well on thread veins. The procedure uses precisely targeted pulses of light on specific areas, without causing any damage to the surrounding areas.

The light heats up the cells in the problem area, collapsing the cell walls. This causes the targeted vein to disintegrate safely and it’s then easily expelled by the body’s natural defences.

Most incidents of thread veins can be sorted out within a few sessions of IPL carried out over a matter of weeks and while the results are mostly permanent, thread veins can sometimes reoccur during pregnancy so it’s important to keep that in mind.

Laser 360

Another option for the treatment of spider veins is the high-tech Laser 360 device. This innovative skin rejuvenating treatment combines three light-based technologies to improve the tone, texture and clarity of skin. It works on discoloration and fine lines, and is also an effective way to diminish thread veins and vascular marks. It helps to even out the skin tone, smoothing out skin in the process, so can provide an all round skin rejuvenation process while also making short work of thread veins.

If you are concerned by thread veins, Thérapie Clinic offers a free skincare consultation to advise you on the best treatment to suit your skin. Make an appointment with one of our experienced skin experts by calling 1890 650 750 or book your free consultation below.