Thread Veins

What are thread veins? 

Thread veins are small broken veins that occur on legs, cheeks and nose. Small veins can appear red but slightly larger veins may appear purplish. There are several methods of treating these:

On your first visit the Consultant will make an assessment of your veins to decide which treatment is appropriate.

Laser Treatment for Thread Veins


Sun exposure should be avoided for 4 weeks before procedure and herbal tablets should be stopped 6 weeks prior to treatment as they make the skin very sensitive to the laser.

A patch test will be performed of the area to be treated. This will be done a week prior to the first treatment.


This procedure takes approx 20-30mins per leg. Special protective glasses are worn during the procedure to protect eyes from of light from the laser. Cold gel is applied to the area being treated and treatment will be carried out. During treatment some minor discomfort or stinging may be experienced. A cold compress will be applied to the treated area to cool the area and reduce any redness and swelling.

Following procedure

Common risks that may occur;

  • Redness of skin, discomfort, swelling, bruising, change of pigmentation of skin.
  • A less common risk is scarring.
  • Discomfort – Minimal discomfort may be experienced. Advice will be given by the consultant.

Post-procedure advice

  • Compression stockings are not usually required but can be worn if it is more comfortable.
  • Normal activities can be maintained
  • Avoid standing for long periods
  • Avoid heavy strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting for 5 days following treatment.
  • Avoid sitting in hot tubs, steam rooms or saunas throughout treatment as this may cause veins to open up.
  • Cold compresses or aloe vera can be applied to the treated area for comfort to help any redness or swelling.
  • Sun exposure should be avoided for 4 weeks before and following procedure or total sun block should be used.

Skin Lesions

Skin Lesions include moles, cysts, lipomas (fatty lumps), warty lesions or skin tags.


This procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic and takes approx 30mins. A small incision is made in the skin; the lesion is removed and may be sent for analysis to a pathology laboratory, if your consultant feels it is necessary. The wound is stitched and a sterile dressing is applied.

Following Procedure

Common side effects which may occur are; bruising, swelling or redness of the area.

Less common risks are; delayed wound healing, infection, bleeding or bad scarring.

Follow up
1-2 weeks if stitches are in place or for results if a lesion has been sent for analysis.
2-6 weeks to see consultant.

This depends where the operation site is. The Consultant will give advice accordingly.