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Thread veins

What are Thread Veins?

As we get older changes occur in our skin. Skin becomes thinner and more fragile, and subcutaneous tissue, that also gets thinner, causes blood vessels under the skin to become more obvious. Thread veins, commonly called spider veins, are tiny prominent veins just below the skin surface. They tend to branch and give a spidery sort of pattern, hence their common name. Spider veins can occur anywhere on the body, but most often on the legs and face.

Thread veins do not usually signify any underlying medical problem although on the face they can be due to acne rosacea. However most women and men find them quite unsightly and many patients present to the clinic looking for treatment.

The cause of thread veins is multifactorial; genetics, age, smoking and sun worshiping all play a role. They tend to run in families and often appear in pregnancy. In the legs if there are underlying varicose veins these usually need to be treated surgically beforehand to ensure good results.

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The first step is to book in for a Dermatology Consultation with one of our doctors. They will provide an in-depth which does and in-depth analysis of your skin. They will then make a diagnosis and advise on appropriate treatment. If there is an underlying skin disorder it is important to treat this first, sometimes antibiotics will be required. Other factors like wearing daily sunscreen and topical vitamin C will also be discussed.

There are many different treatments available for redness and thread veins on the face, body and legs. IPL laser, Pulsed Dye Laser, Dermarolling, micro-needle fractional radio frequency & Sclerotherapy are all available at The Adare Clinic.

Our doctors are experts in the management of Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Acne, Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema), Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Lupus, Contact Dermatitis and Hair Loss. They have access to and experience with advanced treatments and technologies that offer the most up to date and best possible care.

Contact Us

4 Clare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1 676 9810 Dublin
Email: ivan@theadareclinic.ie
Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Unit 2, Harvey’s Quay, Limerick
Tel: +353 (0)61 395410 Adare
Email: info@theadareclinic.ie