Thread Veins

Thread veins are tiny blood vessels which run close to the surface of the skin and look like fine red, or purple, wiggly lines. We can effectively deal with this problem using our unique Harmony XL Pro laser system.

There are so many terms used e.g. Spider veins, but essentially, all of these describe a different sub-type of the same wider problem. If you have any thin surface vessel on the face, body or limbs, it is likely we can help you. However, this is dependent on a thorough face-to-face assessment to ensure not only that treatment is likely to be successful for your condition, but that the laser treatment is suitable for you as an individual. AFT (advanced version of IPL) may be used for very fine red vessels (skin types I-IV only) whereas larger vessels up to 4mm usually respond very well to Nd:YAG laser (all skin types).

Treatments Available

Harmony XL Pro Laser System



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ClearLift 4D


What are the benefits of ClearLift 4D?

  • Boosts collagen & elastin reducing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tightens loose skin
  • Lightens pigmentation and dark scars
  • Dark eye circles and puffy under-eyes
  • Excessive pore size
  • Improves mild scarring
  • Reduces skin redness
  • Painless with no downtime
  • Ideal before big events or as a lunchtime treatment


The Clear lift treatment is the very best – it gives great results and leaves you feeling rejuvenated. The new improvements to the Clear lift enhance it further.
         L. Raybould, Portsmouth

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Laser (Nd:YAG)

We are proud to have the Harmony XL Pro Laser system, from the makers of Soprano Ice.  The Harmony system uses both AFT (advanced version of IPL)  and Nd:YAG laser capability, thus enabling all skin types to be treated. This is used within both our aesthetic services as well as podiatry. Whether you want removal of unwanted hair or skin imperfections, we will be able to provide you with a cost-effective, safe and tailored treatment program.

Please note all harmony treatments require a patch test 48 hours prior to the initial treatment.

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Thread Veins FAQs

What causes thread veins?

Thread veins tend to develop as we age and our skin and blood vessels become less elastic. Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and the menopause are thought to contribute to their development; the reason why women are more prone to thread veins than men. Frequent leg crossing when sitting is a likely factor, with veins developing in the areas of pressure caused by one leg resting on the other.

You can also inherit a familial tendency to the problem. Other contributing factors include too much sunbathing, exposure to wind or extreme temperatures, corticosteroid medicines and radiotherapy. Jobs that involve prolonged standing may aggravate the condition, but they do not actually cause it. Although you may not like the look of them, thread veins are not dangerous, but they do tend to become larger and increase in number over time.

Who gets thread veins?

Most of us will develop these to a varying extent, over time. Around one in five women in their 20s have thread veins; a figure that rises to around half by the age of forty and continues to increase. By the age of 70, over 70 per cent of women have some thread veins.

Smaller thread veins are easier to treat. They become larger over time so early treatment will save time and money.

Are thread veins related to varicose veins?

They are part of the same spectrum of problems caused by back-flow of blood in the superficial veins of the legs. If you have varicose veins you are more likely to have thread veins too, but the reverse is not true; having thread veins does not predispose you to varicose veins. If you have varicose veins, you do need to have these treated first by a vascular surgeon, prior to your thread veins being treated, as these larger veins are in essence “feeding” the thread veins.

What about treatment for broken veins on the face?

Laser can treat the very fine veins that can appear on the nose, cheeks and chin and it is usually very successful. Often thread veins on the face are part of a condition called rosacea and in addition, medication may be needed to control the problem. Our doctor-led team is able to advise you on all these options.

How successful is laser treatment for thread veins?

You need to have realistic expectations. Some thread veins can be quite difficult to treat because they do not always run parallel to the skin surface. They can go up and down in their course and a laser light does not always reach deeply enough to destroy them. Veins in the lower part of the leg, particularly the ankle area, are more difficult to treat than those on the thighs. It’s not normally possible to get rid of all the veins, but around 90% clearance is common.

Go to Nd:YAG laser and Harmony Laser System pages via link above to learn more about these treatments.