Thread Veins / Vascular Lesions

Thread veins / vascular lesions, also known as spider veins or telangiectasia, are small, dilated blood vessels that appear near the surface of the skin. They are typically red, blue, or purple in colour and often resemble fine, branching lines or webs. These veins can occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on the face and legs.

The appearance of thread veins can have a noticeable impact on one’s overall complexion. They can create a web-like pattern on the skin’s surface, which some individuals find cosmetically undesirable. While they are not usually associated with any significant medical concerns, they can lead to self-consciousness and a desire for cosmetic treatment.

Several factors contribute to the development of thread veins. Genetics play a role, meaning that individuals with a family history of thread veins may be more prone to developing them. Additionally, prolonged or repeated exposure to sunlight can weaken the blood vessel walls and lead to their formation.

Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy or with the use of oral contraceptives, can also contribute to the development of thread veins. Other contributing factors include ageing, hormonal fluctuations, and certain medical conditions. Concerns such as rosacea, which causes redness and flushing of the skin, can exacerbate the appearance of thread veins.

While thread veins are generally harmless, some individuals may seek treatment for aesthetic reasons. At Bank Medispa we use Lynton Lumina, a skin rejuvenation treatment that combines laser therapy with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) to effectively reduce or eliminate their appearance. A consultation with one of our highly trained practitioners can help determine the best course of action for each individual situation. In most cases a single treatment is required, with more significant lesions (or clusters) needing up to 5 sessions.

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