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Thread vein removal

Thread vein removal techniques can successfully reduce the appearance of thread veins on the face and body. If thread veins affect the way you look and feel, discover which one of our three treatments could help to restore your skin, and your confidence.

Thread veins are extremely common in men and women and can make some people feel very self-conscious. They 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. They are often caused by long-term sun exposure, pregnancy, rosacea, alcohol, smoking and standing for long periods. 

Here at Transform, we offer three different treatments for thread vein removal that are suitable for treating different areas - facial thread veins and specific types of veins. With the exception of Veinwave, these are available at most of our clinics. Our team guides thousands of people each year through their cosmetic treatment journey. Get in touch and start your journey to being the best you.

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Pricing & finance

If you prefer to spread the cost of your surgery, you can pay a deposit of just £500 and choose either 12 monthly interest-free payments or loan repayments over two to five years.

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Thread vein removal results

You’ll be able to talk in detail with your professional practitioner or nurse about the results you want to achieve and they’ll work with you to choose the right thread vein removal treatment for you. You can see for yourself the results that other patients have achieved and the difference it’s made for them.

Why choose Transform for thread vein removal?

Since 1974, Transform as a brand has been committed to helping people be the best they can be. Without a doubt, we’re the UK’s longest established and most trusted cosmetic surgery provider. We’re also the only provider to have three of our own dedicated hospitals, as well as a network of 22 specialist clinics across the UK.

Our professional practitioners and nurses are fully qualified to administer your thread vein removal treatment. Each year they perform thousands of procedures with Transform and between January and March 2017 alone, they helped many patients to look and feel better through thread vein removal treatment. We offer three different treatments for thread vein removal: IPL, Sclerotherapy and Veinwave. With the exception of Veinwave, these are available at most of our clinics.

From your first contact with Transform, we want you to feel comfortable that you’ve come to the right place. We’re dedicated to providing exceptional care and we’re proud to say that so many of our patients agree. More than 95% rate their Transform experience as good or excellent and we receive enquiries from 15,000 people each year on the recommendation of family and friends.

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Thread vein removal frequently asked questions

You’ll have the opportunity to ask your practitioner or nurse any questions as part of your consultation, but to start the ball rolling here are the answers to some that our patients most frequently ask.

Thread vein removal FAQs

As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each individual's procedure is different and will be tailored specifically around the patient. Because of this, we place a great deal of importance on our free face-to-face, no obligation consultations. Following our consultation process your patient advisor will provide a detailed pricing overview around the particular procedure. Please view our pricing and finance page to read more about our flexible credit options, available via our partnership with a specialist financial provider. More info here.


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Thread veins can appear blue, red purple and are generally larger and more visible than usual. They can occur anywhere, but are usually found on the face and legs. You might spot them as unconnected lines or they can appear in a web-like pattern. They initially appear small but can often grow.


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Thread veins are damaged and can no longer return blood to the heart and lungs. It’s also possible for micro-tears to release small amounts of blood and cause staining. The damaged veins can cause neighbouring veins to malfunction and stretch, which is why thread veins often get worse over time. Facial thread veins can be caused by Rosacea, sun exposure, repeated sneezing and frequent coughing. These may also exacerbate existing thread veins.


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Women are generally at a greater risk of getting thread veins, but men do get them as well. You are more likely to suffer from thread veins if they already run in your family. Female hormones can increase the risk by softening of the walls and valves of a vein, and the extra blood volume created by pregnancy can also add to the likelihood of getting them. Additional risk factors include injuries or trauma, and some evidence points to prolonged periods of sitting or standing as increasing the risk of thread veins.


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You can reduce the risk of thread veins by maintaining a healthy weight and diet, as well as by avoiding excessive alcohol and smoking. Make sure you avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear SPF cream at all times – this applies to everyone, even while in the UK. You should also avoid very hot or very cold water when you’re in the bath or shower, and you can improve the blood flow in your legs through the use of compression garments.


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More details on thread vein removal

When you come to Transform, the entire experience is designed around you and your needs. We’ll listen carefully to your aspirations for being the best you, and you’ll receive all the advice and support you need throughout your journey with us. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect.

Thread vein removal step by step

The first step is to meet your patient advisor. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering thread vein removal treatment, which type of treatment would be right for you, the likely costs and finance options, and when you’d like to have the treatment. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our professional practitioners or nurses.


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At your free consultation, your professional practitioner or nurse will ask you about the results you want to achieve. They’ll guide you through the different treatment options and create a personal treatment plan for you to ensure you achieve the best results. IPL can help in a variety of skin problems including acne, rosacea, sun-damage, fine lines and wrinkles, broken capillaries, age spots, blemishes and birthmarks. Sclerotherapy can help veins on the body but is not used on the face. Veinwave can be used on the décolletage and face, and is currently only available at our Edinburgh clinic. You can discuss every aspect of your treatment with no obligation to go ahead. Our practitioners and nurses are extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you have. If you feel ready to go ahead, we can book your treatment in for a date and time that suits you.


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On the day of your treatment, you’ll be able to go through any last-minute questions with your practitioner or nurse. The procedure will vary according to the area treated and the technique used. IPL treatment delivers precise pulses of light that can help to reduce the appearance of thread veins. Each session lasts just 15 to 30 minutes.  Sclerotherapy involves an injection into the blood vessel using a very fine needle. A number of veins can be treated in one session, although some veins may need a second session. Veinwave is a new technology that uses high frequency waves to target smaller veins and quickly reduce their appearance.


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You’ll be able to leave the clinic as soon as your treatment has been completed, and you should be fine to go about your normal day-to-day activities.


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We believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the treatment itself, so we’re here to support you. If you have any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. All of our thread vein removal treatments are designed to reduce the appearance of problem veins. Results depend on the treatment used and the condition of the veins. IPL treatment delivers improved results with each application, reducing the number of visits needed.


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