Leg Thread Veins
Thread veins, also known as spider veins, broken capillaries or telangiectasia, are enlarged visible vessels often seen on the face and legs. They look like red, purple or blue vessels that twist and turn just below the skin surface. On the face, they are often seen around the nose, cheeks and chin. Thread veins over-grow in response to long-term skin inflammation, acne, hormones, sun exposure, trauma, alcohol and medication and do not serve any useful purpose in the skin. Thread veins can safely be removed using laser; this process is also known as photothermolysis.
Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) is the gold-standard laser treatment for red facial thread veins. PDL targets haemoglobin within blood vessels, heating the vessel up and causing it to break-down. Veins that are blue or purple in colour are best treated using an Nd:YAG laser. Both lasers are able to specifically and permanently remove thread veins, without affecting the surrounding skin. This ensures that laser thread vein removal is a very safe and effective treatment.