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Thread veins

Thread veins are tiny veins that appear most commonly on the cheeks, nose and legs. Small thread veins are red, but larger ones look purplish. They have many names, including:

  • spider veins
  • broken veins (not an accurate name, because they are not actually broken)
  • capillary veins.

Normally, the tiny veins in the skin are invisible, but in some people they expand and show through the skin. One cause of this is too much exposure to the sun over the years. Another is pregnancy or oestrogen treatment. They may also be inherited. Thread veins can sometimes be a sign of rosacea, a skin condition, or can result from overuse of steroid creams. Thread veins are more obvious after mid-life, when the skin becomes thinner and loses some of its collagen.

If you have large visible veins, they could be varicose veins.

What you can do about thread veins 

Find a good concealer and use it under your make-up. Using an artificial suntan preparation will make leg thread veins less obvious.
 
Avoid alcoholic drinks, very hot drinks and spicy foods if you find these make the veins more obvious.
 
Horse chestnut cream (available from health food stores) is said to strengthen the tiny veins in the skin. Apply gently to avoid traumatizing the skin.

Treatments for thread veins

The two main treatments are micro-sclerotherapy and laser treatment. In general:
  • laser treatment is best for thread veins on the face
  • micro-sclerotherapy, possibly combined with laser, is best for thread veins on the legs.
Micro-sclerotherapy involves injecting the veins with a chemical using tiny needles. This makes the walls of the veins stick together. After treatment on the legs, you will need to wear compression stockings for 1 week, and the veins will disperse naturally over the following 2-3 weeks. Several treatments may be needed. If the therapist misses the tiny vein, and injects the surrounding skin by mistake, there can be a skin reaction. Some darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation) may occur. Overall, the results are variable. Micro-sclerotherapy is better for thread veins on the legs than on the face. The veins may come back, but the treatment can be repeated.
 
Laser treatment gets rid of the veins very successfully and is the best treatment for thread veins on the face, but it does have drawbacks. It cannot be used on dark skin because the pigment in the skin blocks the laser beam, and the pigment may be lost afterwards. Some types of laser, especially the pulsed dye laser, cause bruising, which is at its worst in the first 48 hours, but can last up to 10 days. A different type of laser, the potassium titanyl phosphate laser, does not cause bruising. After treatment, you will have to protect your skin from sunlight. Laser treatment can change the texture of the skin, and sometimes leaves little white scars. It does not work very well on the legs, probably because the thread veins lie deeper in the skin. Some people find it painful, or notice a flicking sensation during the treatment. It is more expensive than sclerotherapy.
 
High-intensity light treatment (Photoderm) heats the veins to make them coagulate. It can cover a bigger area than laser treatment areas measuring 2 cm by 0.5 cm can be treated by a single flash. Scientific studies of the treatment have produced contradictory results. One study concluded that at least 75% of the veins were cleared in 80% of patients, and that after treatment the skin may look a little red and there may be some tiny blisters, but usually no scarring (Dermatological Surgery 1996;22:32330).
In another study, patients found the treatment uncomfortable and described each light pulse as being like a burn. There was scarring and thinning of the skin in 21% of patients, and 42% had blistering and peeling. Only 9.5% of patients had complete clearance of the thread veins and there was no change in appearance in 56% (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 1998;38:618).
 
So, this technique appears to be more risky and less effective than laser treatment.
 
Electrolysis is cheap, and offered by many beauty clinics. It is less effective than the other treatments, and there is a greater risk of scarring.

Getting treatment for thread veins

It may be difficult to get treatment for the thread veins through your doctor, because it comes into the cosmetic treatment category. However, if you are very self-conscious about them, and find cover-up creams inadequate, it is worth asking your doctor. If you are in your 20s and notice thread veins, do not think that you are too young to go for treatment this is the ideal age for laser treatment. About a third of people with thread veins on the legs have varicose veins; in this situation the varicose veins must be treated first.
 
You may have to use a private clinic. Clinics advertise persuasively, and it is difficult to know which provide good treatment. The best policy is to ask your doctor to find out the name of a good clinic from the local vascular surgeon (blood vessel expert). Some hospitals in the UK are now running private cosmetic laser clinics (to generate money for the purchase of equipment to be used for National Health Service patients). These clinics have a doctor in charge and their standards are high. You could telephone the dermatology department of your nearest large hospital to find out if it runs one of these clinics.
 
Before committing yourself to treatment, find out exactly what method the clinic uses, how many sessions will be needed and what the cost will be. Ask about problems, such as scarring.

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Wednesday, August 18th 2010

 


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Posted by Optional on 15/08/2013 at 11:56

I'm only 14 years old and I've had thread veins one my right cheek for a year and a half now, and I don't know what to do. I wear foundation every day but it limits me from swimming etc., and I'm always thinking about my skin before my enjoyment. It's depressing. I'm too young to take action on my own and too embarrassed to talk to my parents and admit the truth. Should I just suffer in silence for the next four years? Can someone who has used horse chesnut cream please comment whether it helps or not? I hate having rosacea, especially at my age. I'm a freak. Why did this happen to me?

Posted by Lexie on 03/07/2013 at 10:48

I hv noticed a tiny green vein on lower abdomen.what could t be? Recently i have been adding turmeric to my food. Could that be the cause or z t pms?

Posted by Optional on 19/03/2013 at 06:14

I have thin skin under my eyes. Just below my eyes there is a vein, not a thin one, that is really starting to get me down. Nothing will cover it up. i have tried numerous creams and am now wondering if any laser treatments can help as it looks like just 0ne big vein. I guess i will have to look around and see if it can be done. I think I am going thru my own getting old crisis.

Posted by em em on 19/03/2013 at 01:18

i just want to ask... i have a varicose veins in the age of 13 behind my knee is it normal??? .. and what can i do to cure it???

Posted by E. Jackson on 02/03/2013 at 05:45

I have what appears to be small red veins all over the back side of both upper arms. It does not hurt or bother me with the exception of hoe it looks. I have asked my Dr. been to a dermatologist but i still have no clarity... I just want to know what it is and how to correct the problem...

Posted by Francisca on 15/10/2012 at 10:06

Using sun shield wil it make the thread less noticeable or protect my body frm the sun?reply

Posted by Miss Paula on 21/09/2012 at 05:31

Iam a girl aged 19...n av had vericose veins since i was 15 n thy keep getting worse...i have them on my legs and thighs...i feel so embarassed that i neither put on a skirt,a dress nor a short...these varicose veins really depress me..please help me..please..

Posted by Anu on 11/09/2012 at 06:15

I dont know it is vericoze pain.i feel sombody is pinching needle and i feel too much pain.thread veins are imerging very fast and creating pain.what is the name of this disease and how can we cure it?

Posted by Simmi on 12/08/2012 at 02:46

I know that laser is the best treatment for treating spider vein. Scleotherapy is the another option.There are some tiny red vein on my face. But I do not want to take any treatment rather i would like to use any vein removing cream. Please suggest me what cream should i use? I am an asian. Would your suggested cream be available in Bangladesh?

Posted by sharon on 01/04/2012 at 09:21

i have had problems with thread and varicose viens since having my 1st baby at 25. i have never been able to wear anything but pants. it really gets me down and i hate summer. when i go in shops i see all the shorts and dresses and would love tp beable to wear what i like but cant. the vens are all over both knees so i see them all the time. does anyone have this same problem and how do you cope. the doctor said i have to go private but cant afford too. please help!

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2012 at 12:05

I have thread veins all over my thighs, a small amount at the bottom of my back and one or two on my shoulders, what treatmentt would you recommend for these and do you know an average price? Thank you

Posted by Optional on 03/02/2012 at 12:45

I have tread vains on my checks and would like too get rid of them could you suggest any creams??? as i am desperate...

Posted by Optional on 25/01/2012 at 10:15

Have had thread veins on thighs since i can remember, think its hereditary from mother, now it seems more noticible and some behind my knee more bluish and larger. Regulary exercise but im really worried that this is making them increase. Its really getting me down i feel pretty low to be honest, i just feel like ive got an old womens legs. I want to tell my gp this but im scared im going to be fobbed off....help please?

Posted by Optional on 01/12/2011 at 12:50

please tel me the exact drugs or medicine that i should be taken for green and red vein coming out of my skin.

Posted by Leigh lube on 30/10/2011 at 11:24

Hi I would like to know if going swimming or in the steam room can make facial thread veins worse.

Posted by Optional on 27/10/2011 at 11:59

what causes visible green vein to show up on ones hands and arms?

Posted by Optional on 11/10/2011 at 10:26

I have a fine network of red thread veins on the top of my fet from the ankle to the toes. Is there any treatmnet that can help?

Posted by Optional on 30/09/2011 at 10:55

Pls how can i get rid of thread veins at the skin surface of my hands and legs.thanks

Posted by Glory on 29/09/2011 at 11:47

i need to do laser therapy as am bothered by spider veins

Posted by dawn on 17/09/2011 at 10:07

I have realy bad threaded vains on my cheeks with we purple spots. I can't wear make up as I'm illergic to most make ups. What would u advice. I wouldn't be able 2 afford private treatment.

Posted by Optional on 04/09/2011 at 03:53

How long does overall healing take after laser surgery for removal of thread veins on legs

Posted by Milla on 12/07/2011 at 06:57

I have these small purplish vains on my upperlegs. Had them ever since I could remember. My skin is also very transparent...this is so embarressing...please help?

Posted by clara arkins on 23/06/2011 at 01:18

Spider veins are best treated in a skin clinic via laser treatment or sclerotherapy. It requires several sessions before it could completely be cleared. http://www.skinclinicmd.com

Posted by sandra on 27/03/2011 at 09:45

i have spider veins behind my knees and some on my thighs.. how can i get rid of them.. i want to know how can i get treated.. im worried about my future.. please help..

Posted by Optional on 08/03/2011 at 12:31

Hi, Im 24 next month and have really bad thread veins on back of thight and a few on my face, i have had the electrolysis for my face, and it really worked but now they are coming back! they are really bothering me, ive heard horse chestnut works./ anyone else know of any good remedies?

Posted by val on 01/03/2011 at 01:34

I have thread veins on my cheeks and if going anywhere special I rub a little hemeroid cream in them it seems to shrink them a for a while, I do not know if this is a good thing to do but I read it can work on wrinkles thats why I tried it! Do you notice how people like to comment on our thread veins, I have decided it makes them feel better, thoughtless lot aren't they!!

Posted by a williams on 26/02/2011 at 09:18

i have thred vains on face carnt aford laser treatment is tnere any other way i can get rid of them

Posted by JAK on 22/02/2011 at 06:18

Tried laser and electroysis but didn't work. Also tried cream containing vit.K which didn't work either. The only thing that helps is using a fake tan and make-up. Vitamin C is good, if taking a supplement get one including hesperidin and rutin, or better still eat an orange including white skin.

Posted by vanilla on 15/02/2011 at 09:30

could d visible veins on my legs have anything to do with irregular menstrual cycle? Pls i'm worried because they weren't this visible previously.

Posted by Lou on 03/02/2011 at 05:52

I am getting treatment for facial veins in a couple of weeks-it is $80 for the consultation fee and 295 for each treatment, and they are saying it takes 2-5 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart, and lasts 1-2 years. This is in a reputable skin clinic with 6 derms and a surgeon on staff. I have had other estimates of 500-1000 but not at places that feel this safe.

Posted by Dante on 11/01/2011 at 01:38

Cant find if any of the above treatments are available in Kenya.

Posted by Optional on 31/12/2010 at 08:43

I have two thread viens on my face i am 12 am i too young for laser treatment to remove them?

Posted by DJR on 21/11/2010 at 03:49

I have thread veins on my nose which have been treated by umpteen laser sessions. Worked to a certain extent. Most just kept coming back. Tried Dr Newmans clinic. They do clear instantly but 90% came back in a few hours. Had 2 sessions. Same result as first session. Still no better off. Total amount of money spent so far £4500. Dont know what treatment to have now. Any suggestions would be very welcome.

Posted by john toms on 18/11/2010 at 11:02

I got my veins sorted by Dr Newman. I found him in the Cosmetic Surgery and aesthetics magazine a few years back and then saw him on telly too. So happy that there sorted. My nose is perfect again lol

Posted by Amanda Rynn on 27/10/2010 at 10:35

Can laser removal of thread veins on the face actually damage the skin and cause more thread veins to appear as a result.

Posted by lilviper on 12/10/2010 at 05:24

I waited nearly 35 years to have sclerotherapy, with saline, done on my legs. (I do not recommend the foam type of procedure, did that and had an allergic reaction with scaring on top of it) The saline injections were 'fairly' painless. I had redness on my legs for a week after each session (4 sessions in all). The total expense was about 600 US dollars; more than worth the change it made to the appearance of my legs.

Posted by Optional on 09/10/2010 at 10:48

I'm only 13 and I have spider veins on my upper legs, cheeks and really badly on both my shoulders. I wear foundation every day and I will never wear strapless tops or go swimming ever. I'll never be able to afford vein removal and it really gets me down :(

Posted by rosebud on 07/10/2010 at 08:52

what causes green/blue vein line on one side of upper chest and shoulder (looks like a race track). Is it to do with getting older and your skin gets thinner. But, I only have it on one-side. Would appreciate any comments as to the cause. Also, should I be concerned or just age-relate. Thanks!

Posted by Optional on 01/10/2010 at 10:30

had three lazer treatments on legs and cannot see much difference and have been advised to have two or three more treatments.Dont know if it will be worth carrying on. This is for thread veins.

Posted by Optional on 28/09/2010 at 02:51

I have terrible veins in my legs,they not painful they just sitting there making my body very bad, i cant even wear a short skirt, someone please help me i need to remove these, they making me loose my self esteem. plz recommend me to any surgery in cape Town

Posted by Optional on 10/09/2010 at 12:09

i am going through menopause and i have leaukemia, and my nose goes really red all the time then i get rash on my stomach nothing helps i look like rudolph i am hot even in winter and so very very depressed help help

Posted by Optional on 27/08/2010 at 04:25

I went for a run last year . I run 800 meter hills. Its tough and it was 8:00 at night. I always run late afternoon but of course it was 89 or so. I ran 4 times . 12 kilometers and I had this surging pain, I went in the bathroom and looked on my right temple 4 inch vein popped , left temple two inch and in the middle of my forhead 3 v looking veins. All in one run. I had a cat scan , revealed nothing. I now have protruding veins that never go away and I have pain and inflamation all the time. Every doctor sais its aging,, I ask this reasonable question: HOW CAN YOU AGE IN 45 MINUTE RUN? I never ever had a headache prior to this. I felt great on all and every run. I drank plenty of water after every 1.mile 1.2 I am 53 have good hdl 89 trigl-44 resting heart rate 50. I do have stress in my life and menapause just found out with hormone test. Please help me find out what test I can do to understand why this happened. I did have facial surgery 2 months prior center of my forhead a cyst removed and I felt pulling and it got really red . But it looks like it healed.

Posted by mary on 11/08/2010 at 10:13

i have tread veins on my cheeks ... is there anthing i can use to take them away? help!!!

Posted by Optional M Taylor on 11/08/2010 at 07:31

Trying to find a practitioner of Mixed light pulse therapy - Photoderm in South Africa. Cape Town to Port Elizabeth area

Posted by Optional on 04/08/2010 at 04:19

My veins on my forehead (my regular veins (large ones) show really bad. These aren't spider. These are the ones my blood runs through. Any way to "bury" these show they don't show. They have been like this for 10 years. Thank you for any help you can give me.

Posted by Optional on 22/07/2010 at 12:45

does it mean i have high bloodpressure or heart problem wen u have tread vains all of a sudden

Posted by Optional on 20/07/2010 at 03:08

how much do thread vein treatment cost?

Posted by Optional on 11/07/2010 at 09:10

I have slight thread viens on the sides of my knees and the side of my ankles,, but recently i have noticed them on my lower part of my back, why is this and whats the best thing to do

Posted by Mary on 25/06/2010 at 07:40

I have a lot of thread veins on the sides and back of my knees and one or two on my thighs. They appeared after I had acute attacks of arthritis with swelling of my knees. They seem to get worse each time I have an acute attack. They sometimes feel sore and itch. I am not sure what to do about them.

Posted by Sarah on 15/06/2010 at 10:13

I'm only 15 but I have very visible thread veins on my face (around my nose, and a couple on my cheeks)I don't drink alcohol and my diet is pretty good. I also am very careful in the sun, as I apply face cream regulary. However these veins don't seem to be going away as I get older. People do notice them a lot, and it's making me quite self-conches. However I have noticed that my mam and dad have them, they are themselves quite old, but I was born at a time when niether of them had these veins. I dunno what to do :(

Posted by Optional on 07/06/2010 at 12:30

The thread veins on my legs are quite ugly but I don't worry about them at all except when I go on holiday and want to walk about in shorts. I once bought some cream for £17 which was useless, and the treatment described doesn't reassure me, so for a couple of weeks a year, I think I'll just swallow my vanity!

Posted by Jan on 02/06/2010 at 12:16

What non surgical products can I buy to conceal ugly red thread veins around he ankles.

Posted by Optional on 29/05/2010 at 12:05

I suffered with Rosea Acne in my 30ties and then found that my love of red wine has not helped the problem but I not have a number of thread veins on my nose and my son is getting married this year and I would like to try and deal with this problem before his wedding in August. I found you information very help but would like more information as to what is statistical the best method of dealing with this problem. Thank you Anne Wilkinson

Posted by Optional on 17/05/2010 at 12:31

Do facial thread veins return after treatment or is it a permanent solution?

Posted by Optional on 15/05/2010 at 12:11

I'm under twenty and have thread veins on the insides of both ankles and a small group on one of my calves. My Mother has them too and possibly my Grandmother but although I've heard they can be hereditary, i did not expect them to strike so early! They're always something i've associated with older women and I'm painfully aware that they will only get worse as I get older. I've heard that sometimes they can be caused due to changes in hormones when you take the contraceptive pill, which I wasn't aware of before I started taking it. Also I read that they can lead to varicose veins and often pre-empt leg ulcers or circulatory problems, which really scared me! I don't want to sound at all arrogant but I'm quite proud of my legs and do not want to have to hide them :(

Posted by Optional on 19/04/2010 at 03:47

I have started to notice the veins in my face becoming more visible around my nose and a small few on my cheeks, i have spots and a very red face and it is so annoying when i see all my friends with their perfect skin! Is there anything i can do to stop my face being so red and blemished?

Posted by Optional on 13/04/2010 at 04:27

I have thread veins around my nose and cheeks. I think it's down to being thin skinned but also I exercise quite regularly and my face gets very flushed. Anyway I have had electrosis twice (I think that's what it's called) and I didn't find the results that great to be honest, especially on the ones around my nose. I am just about to go to my local beauty salon and get them lasered off, hopefully it works as the veins are pretty unsightly.

Posted by Mel on 08/04/2010 at 11:46

Very useful advise thank you. I was debating going to my local beauticians for treatment but I am going to get some proper medical advise about the condition.

Posted by Optional on 25/03/2010 at 02:00

i have them all over my shoulders, i have had those ones since i was in my teens, but i have only noticed the ones on my arms and cheeks since having the implant put in my arm, i wonder if the hormones could contribute.

Posted by Emma on 22/03/2010 at 11:36

I had thread veins around my nostrils and quite a few on each cheek. I had them lasered and with in a few hours my face was so swollen my eyes were almost closed. I couldn't leave the house for 5 days as I looked so horrible. It took over 2 weeks for me to look normal again... And although my thread veins looked better, they were still visible. I was told at the time of my first treatment that it could take 2-3 sessions as they were quite dark. But for obviuos reasons I decided againgst further treatment. All in all I found the experience upsetting and a waste of time and money.

Posted by Optional on 20/03/2010 at 04:17

i have some small thread vains on my face, one is very noticable, which i putting down to the fact that i had 3 babys in the last 5 years. but what i wanted to know is this, are sauns and steam rooms and swimming bad for thread vains and if so is there anything i can use on my face before going swimming.

Posted by Anna on 18/03/2010 at 09:11

Can anybody who already had laser treatment tell the average price pls.?

Posted by Optional on 05/03/2010 at 02:56

thanks for the advice to contact the local hospital. i am very dubious about these clinics that advertise everywhere.

Posted by Maria on 22/02/2010 at 12:05

Hi there I have thread veins on my upper cheeks, upper chest and upper arms. What can I do to get rid of it?

Posted by Redders on 11/02/2010 at 10:17

Nice information. As a sufferer of thread veins I created a website which contains information, questions and answers pulled from around the web. http://www.threadveinremoval.info I hope it offers some help to people.

Posted by Nina on 01/02/2010 at 09:48

I had the implant put in my arm and now seem to have thred vain coming on my face more each day, has anyone else had this?

Posted by Lisa on 22/01/2010 at 09:58

HI, I am a bit concerned that my 13 year old son has varicose veins appearing on his leg at the front below his knee. They stand out when he is stood upright. I have looked and can't find any information about such a young person having this problem. I would be grateful if someone would let me know if this is ok at his age and what he can do to minimise any further veins appearing (he plays a lot of sport especially football) Cheers Lisa

Posted by helen on 09/01/2010 at 09:33

is there any clinics in n ireland ?

Posted by Paul on 30/12/2009 at 03:52

I found multi-light treatments for spider veins on my nose quite effective but the effects were not permanent. It's pretty much painless - feels like you're being "pinged" by an rubber band. After one treatment I did have a dark blue bruise - the dermatologist subsequently adjusted the calibration of the machine. No other advberse effects.

Posted by burni on 16/12/2009 at 10:50

16 year old boy i have some on my one tie but i dont care we are who we are aint we ?

Posted by sarah on 25/10/2009 at 12:48

im 14 and i have them !!!

Posted by jules on 02/08/2009 at 10:50

Hi, I have quite a few spiders legs coming up on my nose and on my cheeks. I would like to get rid of them, but Im afraid that it may all go wrong and I will be scarred for life I think mainly due to sun exposure although Ive been covering up now for many years. What should I do?

Posted by Jane on 15/07/2009 at 03:28

I was told that some bruising would occur after have laser on the spider veins on my face but I didnt realise it would look so bad. My face is all swollen and has deep purple spots where treated just hope it works and the bruising has gone by next week when I am due to return to work. I have to say if I had realised it would look so bad I dont think I would have had it done.

Posted by Steve on 07/07/2009 at 01:11

I've suffered from veins on my face for years, particularly around my nose. I've tried lasers and IPL's but all they did was burn me. I then came across Veinwave which uses a fine needle - it is practically painless but you see the results instantly - it is incredible. Have a look for yourselves on www.veinwave.com

Posted by Julie on 01/07/2009 at 04:13

All the females in my family have them but being on my feet all day as a teacher seems to have made mine worse. I have so many around the back of my knees that it looks like huge purple bruises. I get so fed up at this time of year. I haven't worn skirts for about 10 years now, and I used to swim regularly - no chance now. Avon does a pen applicator that has def reduced the appearance but as soon as I stopped using it they came back. Good for a short fix.

Posted by louise on 25/06/2009 at 09:11

I have thread veins on my face and legs but a tiny one on my leg keeps bleeding, my gp said not to worry and theres not much you can do, is this right? It aches sometimes too!

Posted by Anonymous on 06/06/2009 at 06:34

i have had thread veins on my ankles, calfs and feet since the age of 18 and become increasingly conscious over the years and cannot wear skirts as they look very obvious. I have never found a cure, and worry about surgical procedures and do not think they would cover such a large area. I would appreciate comments on what to do, as it does affect my life in many ways

Posted by Sam on 18/05/2009 at 10:02

I had a few very noticeable thread veins, until i started using massaging the area where they were every morning... Not using any so called "miracle" creams, just ordinary baby oil... Really massaging it into the area where the thread veins were... Two weeks on, They have faded & are barely noticeable now! I'm not saying this will work for everyone, but it seems that by stimulating blood flow to the area, they seem to fade! Try it before spending money on surgery, after-all, baby oil only costs a few pounds!

Posted by lolly on 09/05/2009 at 03:13

when i was reading the book (home spa:pamper yourself naturally p;92)i found a treatment for the thread veins . ingredients: 1-(25ml)-glycerin 2-juice of( 1) lemon,strained 3-(1 drop) neroli essential oil 4-(1drop) rose essential oil. mix 1&2 together thoroughly,then add the oils.decant the liquid into a sterile bottle. moisten a cotton ball with toner and dab it, very gently,over the veins. hope it will work.

Posted by Tessa on 21/04/2009 at 05:30

I have just had my 2nd laser treatment for facial veins, the 1st being a roaring success. Unfortunately I wish the same could be said about the latest. My face is like a balloon and I have weeping blisters on my cheeks, I have had to stay of work and don't know hoe long this will last. I spoke to the administiting Dr who told me "a week or so". My advice-Get a good make up and a light self tanning lotion for the face!

Posted by Emma on 21/04/2009 at 10:43

I have had a treament for my face at my local salon. It cost me

Posted by Mike on 13/04/2009 at 11:48

I have thread veins on the sides of my nose. I had laser treatment two years ago. The veins cleared but returned within a few weeks. I had a second treatment three months later: they cleared again but returned within a month. Since then they have spread slightly. I think I have a high pain threshold but the treatment still hurt enough to make my eyes water. The nurse had to stop a couple of times during the session. I am now trying different creams. I haven't found one that reduces them yet. They say they may be caused by alcohol. My father had them and he never touched a drop. I conclude I have inherited them.

Posted by dave on 30/03/2009 at 10:14

i have face veins.what is the best treatment

Posted by Anonymous on 30/03/2009 at 05:44

i too have them on my shoulders and upper abdomen - they only appeared last summer and have gotten worse - i am dreading the summer as i dont want to wear vess and do not want to go on holiday anymore as i cannot wear a bikini, they are making me feel v depressed - what is the cause of them?

Posted by annonomous on 16/03/2009 at 10:30

could any one tell me which cream is best to use to reduce the apperance of thread viens

Posted by Anonymous on 10/03/2009 at 02:53

I have tiny spider veins scattered all over my body .particulary my chest arms and shoulders are the worst. I hate this as they are so visible i am unable to wear vests and short sleaves in the summer. Could i have treatment on all these areas?and how much do you think this would cost?

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