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Face Thread Veins

Thread veins are small visible blood vessels which are close to the surface of the skin. They look like fine red or purple lines and most often appear on the face.

Face Thread Veins

What are facial thread veins?


Facial thread veins, also known as spider veins,  go by the medical term telangiectasia.


Thread veins can occur on the skin. They appear as tiny blood vessels just beneath the skin's surface that become dilated or broken, leading to fine, visible red, purple or blue lines.


Thread veins are often more visible on the face because the skin in areas such as the nose, cheeks and chin is much thinner than in other areas of the body.


Thread veins and broken capillaries can look like this:

Straight lines (most common on the side of the nose)

Like a network, where the lines interconnect (spider veins)

Like a tree with fine branches


What causes thread veins?


There is no single cause of thread veins or spider veins. Here are the most common causes.


  • Congenital – a hereditary condition

  • Rosacea

  • Exposure to the sun and/or UV light

  • Excessive drinking of alcohol

  • Smoking

  • Trauma to the skin

  • Hormonal changes (pregnancy, the pill or menopause)

  • Liver disease


Who is affected?


Thread veins can affect people of all ages and sexes. Facial thread veins increase as you age.


How do you treat thread veins?


Here at our thread vein treatment clinic, we use short-wave diathermy to heat to cause the vessels to shrink.


This is safer than laser, which can lead to scarring or pigmentation.

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