Thread veins are tiny veins just under the skin that have become dilated.
Thread veins usually occur on the legs. They tend to be hereditary, commonly appear in pregnancy (thought to be due to high levels of oestrogen), and are more common with increasing age. Being overweight and smoking also seems to increase the likelihood of developing them.
To reduce the appearance of thread veins, a substance called Scleremo® is used.
When injected, Scleremo® breaks down the lining of the vein and causes the blood to stick to the damaged wall. The body then breaks down the coagulated blood leaving behind a fibrous cord, resulting in complete obliteration of the vein. The treated veins will not come back, however other thread veins may appear over time.
Following treatment, the veins will appear darker, and will become lighter as it heals. This can take up to 3 weeks or more, depending on the individual.
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