Thread vein/dilated capillary removal

Also Know as Telangietasia

What is a Thread Vein?

Thread veins, Broken Capillaries or Telangiectasia, are the small red or blue unsightly spider like veins which can appear at various sites on the body, most commonly on the face and legs. There are currently three main methods available to treat thread veins; Laser therapy, Sclerotherapy (for the legs) and then Electrolysis (thermolysis) this has a cauterising effect.

What Causes Thread Veins?

Smoking – ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen impaired

Allergies – erythema/telangiectasia associated with most allergies

Asthma- air passages narrow during attacks-pressure on vessels is increased 

Sinus problems – persistent nose-blowing

Hay fever- persistent nose-blowing

High Blood Pressure – capillary walls under constant duress.

Surgery - around the site of the scar

Steroid medication – causes ‘thinning of the skin’ i.e. reduction in collagen – telangiectasia more visible

Acne Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis – telangiectasia may be present. Should not be treated while condition is active


Sensitive skin

Constipation – due to straining

Childbirth – also due to straining

Heredity – this is one of the most common causes

Exposure of the skin to direct heat / cold over a prolonged period of time

Harsh weather conditions or even washing with hot water and rinsing with cold – this can cause sudden dilation / contraction of the capillaries – eventually they become permanently dilated

Skin damage e.g. squeezing spots, heavy spectacles resting on bridge of nose, excessive exfoliation

Sunburn or over-use of sunbeds

Alcohol causes blood vessels to dilate, this may be a permanent effect

It may also be a sign that the liver may be damaged, interfering with its ability to control hormone levels, resulting in telangiectasia

Over use of Chemical Peels - for diminishing wrinkles & age spots this may thin the skin resulting in capillaries being more visible

Menopause - persistent dilation of the capillaries during hot flushes

Ageing - skin becomes ‘thinner’ with age – capillaries more visible

Diabetes - thin skin, prone to bruising, impaired circulation

Diet – e.g. spicy foods or/and coffee causes dilation of the capillaries

X-rays can cause telangiectasia due to the one of the adverse reaction is redness


What do Thread Veins look like?


How common are thread veins?

How does Electrolysis ACP work to remove my thread veins?

Thermolysis Electrolysis is an alternating (High frequency) current, which produces heat at the tip of the needle to cauterise the thread veins. The procedure is uncomfortable, however has an immediate effect, cappillaries disappear while causing minimal damage to the skin surface (epidermis). All that may remain is an erythema (redness) of the skin that disappears to leave a micro-crust (a bit like salt granules) which disappear usually in a matter of weeks.

The treated veins will appear more prominent for a week or two until the healing has taken place. It is so IMPORTANT during the healing  to STAY OUT of direct SUNSHINE to prevent pigmentation forming in the area.

What Results can I expect from Electrolysis?


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Deborah Jones

Owner & Founder - Positive Pathways

Deborah has over twenty years experience as a hands on therapist, Lecturer and Author.

You are in safe hands when looking for an advanced practitioner, her passion for electrolysis and constant commitment to client well being gives hope to anyone suffering from unwanted facial hair, with the permanent hair removal solution offered.

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