Thread vein removal

Thread veins - or spider veins - are damaged veins and broken capillaries just below the skin.

As you age, your skin loses collagen and becomes thinner, so when veins expand they become visible through your skin. Prominent thread veins can be inherited, but they are often caused by long term sun exposure, pregnancy, rosacea, alcohol, smoking and standing for long periods. 

Thread vein removal at a glance

Thread Vein Removal

The benefits of thread vein removal

Thread veins are extremely common in men and women and can make some people feel very self-conscious.

  • They are not harmful in any way
  • There are a number of ways to successfully reduce their appearance
  • Results depend upon the treatment used and the condition of the veins


The cost is dependent on the type of treatment. Your patient care co-ordinator will be able to give you an accurate cost once you have had a free consultation.

What it involves

We offer three different treatments for thread vein removal that are suitable for treating different areas e.g. facial thread veins and specific types of veins. With the exception of Veinwave, these are available at most of our clinics:

Intense pulsed light (IPL)

IPL treatment delivers improved results with each application reducing the number of visits needed. It takes 15 to 30 minutes per session.

IPL can also help in a variety of skin problems including acne, roscaea, sun-damage, fine lines and wrinkles, broken capillaries, age spots, blemishes and birthmarks.

Each session takes just 15 to 30 minutes.

 Watch our thread vein removal treatment demonstration video below:

Thread Vein Demonstration


This involves an injection into the blood vessel using a very fine needle. A number of veins can be treated in one session though some veins may need a second session. Sclerotherapy is not used on the face.


This new technology uses high frequency waves to target smaller veins and quickly reduce their appearance. Veinwave can be used safely on the decollatage and face and is currently only available at our Edinburgh clinic.

This varies from treatment to treatment, but in the case of IPL, each session lasts just 15 to 30 minutes. 


All of our thread vein removal treatments are designed to reduce the appearance of problem veins. Results depend upon the treatment used and the condition of the veins*.

*Thread vein removal results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, Transform cannot guarantee specific results.

Book an appointment

To find out more book a free appointment with one of our Patient Care Co-ordinators. You can then discuss which treatment will deliver the best results and receive a personal treatment plan to remove your thread veins.

If you’ve had a non-surgical treatment with us before and would like to book another appointment, you can now use the My Transform login service to arrange your next appointment .