thread vein removal

5 Major Thread Veins Removal Procedures

Thread veins refers to small blood vessels that run close to the skin. They appear like fine red or in some cases they look like purple wiggly lines. In most cases they tend to develop as a person ages because of the reduced elasticity of the blood vessels and the skin. Studies have also shown that hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy or menopause can lead to their development. With the development of technology and techniques in the medical field, there are many ways that thread veins can be removed. Here are some of the thread vein removal methods.

Laser surgery

Laser surgery is a method to remove thread veins that has gained popularity in the modern days. There has been an increase in the number of facilities that provide perform this procedure to patients in the United Kingdom. Thread vein removal works by sending powerful bursts of light into the vein that makes the threads vein to fade slowly by slowly and disappear. During this procedure, no needles or incisions are used. This method is not as effective as sclerotherapy, especially if you have larger thread veins. Some of the side effects experienced include swelling, itching, redness, bruising and change of skin tones. The thread veins will be completely removed after a few months.


This is one of the most popular methods to remove thread veins that is used in the United Kingdom. In this procedure, the physician injects the veins with a certain solution that scars and closes these veins. This makes the blood to take a different route through the healthier veins. Within a few weeks after the application of this removal method, the thread veins fade away. Despite that the same vein requires to be injected several times, this is one of the most effective method to remove them if it is done in the right way. The good thing is that this method does not require application of anaesthesia and can be done in your doctor facility. Some of the side effects that you might experience include itching, skin colour changes or swelling in the area that has been treated.

Endovenous laser treatment

This is another effective procedure win which little laser fibre is inserted into the thread veins. The pulses of the laser light are delivered inside the thread vein. This makes the veins to collapse. This procedure is performed in an outpatient facility under local anaesthesia.

Radiofrequency occlusion

When this method is used to remove the thread veins, a small catheter is put into the vein. This catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the wall of the vein making it to get heated, collapse and seal completely. This facility is carried out in an outpatient or office setting. In some cases, it is performed under local anaesthesia.


Surgical procedures help in treating varicose veins include ligation and stripping which involves removal of the long segment of the thread vein. There is also another procedure known as ambulatory phlebectomy that involves removal of large surface veins through small incisions that do not require stitching.