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Facial thread veins or broken veins (telangiectasia) are small unsightly superficial veins that predominantly appear around the nose, but can also spread outwards onto the cheeks.

They are generally red, purple or blue in colour and mainly affect patients with a pale or fair skin type.

Thread veins occur when the vein dilates to such an extent that it can clearly be seen through the transparency of the skin.

In many cases, it can be difficult to pinpoint the precise reason why a patient has developed facial thread veins.

Some patients may have a genetic predisposition, but there can be other contributory factors such as frequent exposure to adverse weather conditions, high levels of caffeine or alcohol intake or spicy foods.  Excessive use of steroid creams and various auto-immune diseases are also known to contribute.

Individual discrete facial thread veins are often accompanied by diffuse redness or blush. This is caused by massive numbers of microscopic blood vessels so small and densely packed together that we are unable to see individual vessels and hence visualise a uniform blanket of redness.

Facial Thread Veins Nose 2 - Before


Facial Thread Veins Nose 2 - After


Facial thread veins and diffuse redness are most effectively treated by laser and often several different laser systems are used in conjunction to achieve superior results.

Our Cambridge Laser Clinic offers the entire range of vascular laser and light technologies including

  • V Beam 595nm PDL laser for the treatment of superficial and deep diffuse redness, blush and very fine blood vessels
  • KTP 532nm LP laser for the treatment of larger bright red discrete blood vessels
  • Nd Yag 1064nm LP laser for the treatment of larger purple/blue discrete blood vessels
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 540-950nm and 570-950nm for the treatment of mild diffuse rednesss

Because we offer an extensive range of vascular lasers we can truly recommend the system that is best suited to your facial veins and skin type. Whichever system we recommend, you can be assured we are not using it because it is all we have to offer but because it is the best choice for you.

Our treatments are delivered with forced cold air or cryogen spray skin cooling reducing discomfort and collateral skin damage.

Our expert team have delivered in excess of 20,000 successful facial vein procedures over a 30-year period. Rest assured you are in safe hands.

All procedures at our Cambridge Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners.

To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, our staff are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

Although medical laser clinics are no longer regulated by the CQC (Care Quality Commission), we continue to adhere to the strict standards that were in the past mandatory under government legislation. This is the best indicator currently available that our Cambridge Laser Clinic is trustworthy.

All consultations are free of charge so why not call our team of experts today?