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Thread Vein Removal – FAQ

What are spider veins?

Spider veins (also known as thread veins, fine veins, or Telangectasia), are those small, red, pink and blue blood vessels that appear most frequently on the face and legs.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins are a common development from sun damage and from ageing – or some people are genetically disposed to them. They are cosmetically undesirable and can make the face appear older, flushed, or blemished.

  • Some people have a genetic likelihood of developing spider veins
  • Certain medical conditions can promote development of thread veins
  • Habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol can also exacerbate the development of fine veins
  • Sun and changing temperatures can make spider veins appear more prominent


How can spider veins be removed?

Getting rid of spider veins is simple and straightforward with laser vein removal. These treatments are simple, safe and effective for both facial veins and veins on legs.




How does laser vein removal work?

Spider vein removal at Laser Skin Technologies is done with a Coolglide Excel Laser using long wavelength laser light which is strongly absorbed by haemoglobin in the veins. The laser light quickly coagulates or vaporises the spider veins, eventually destroying the vessels while leaving the surrounding tissue intact.

How many treatments will I need?

Usually one or two laser treatments remedy the situation and destroy the veins, though this will depend on the number of vessels being treated and their location. A more accurate indication would be given to you at your consultation before your first treatment.

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Does laser vein removal hurt?

The laser emits only light, and the sensation is like the snapping of a rubber band as the light destroys the vein. What’s more, our Coolglide Excel Laser has a cooling hand piece which keeps the surrounding tissue cool while the laser targets the veins. No needles are used, and pain medication is not required.

How long do the results last? Is laser vein removal permanent?

Laser vein removal treatments are very successful and the laser will permanently destroy all the existing veins in the area being treated.

New veins can form over time which can easily be treated, and some measures can be taken to slow down new growth of veins:

  • Avoid the sun if possible
  • Use sun block when you are in the sun
  • Apply a topical Vitamin C cream which helps build the tissue around veins so that veins are less obvious

Is laser vein removal safe? Does laser vein removal have any side effects? And what happens after the treatment?

Yes, laser vein removal is safe and also very effective.

There is no down time needed and clients can return immediately to their normal activities. There is no requirement for tight stockings, although vigorous activity is discouraged for the first 24 hours after treatment. Occasionally when large areas of veins are treated some local swelling may occur which usually disappears within 24 to 48 hours. Occasionally a small area of tan or brownish pigment may appear which may persist for a few weeks or months following treatment.

Some bruising may remain for a week or two when large areas of the legs are treated, but this is not painful.

Are there any restrictions on activities after spider vein removal treatments?

We suggest that no alcohol is taken for the first 24 hours after treatment and also no strenuous exercise is done. It’s also best to avoid hot showers and also spicy foods. Normal activities can be resumed the next day.

How much does laser vein removal cost?

The cost of laser spider vein removal is dependent upon the body area to be treated and personalised treatment plans are designed with your needs in mind.