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What are thread veins and how can electrolysis help?

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WHAT ARE THREAD VEINS?

Thread veins, or Telangiectasia, are permanently dilated capillaries, and not ‘broken capillaries’, as many people tend to call them. The very thin walls (just one cell thick) of the fine facial capillaries dilate and constrict constantly throughout life to regulate the body’s temperature. As we age, they lose their elasticity and the ability to constrict, often becoming permanently dilated and visible through the skin.

There are numerous causes for thread veins including:

  • ageing
  • hereditary and genetic causes
  • pregnancy
  • the rubbing of spectacles
  • smoking
  • energetic sports
  • temperature extremes and harsh weather exposure
  • hormones
  • skin fragility
  • and even constipation.

Although thread veins are harmless, many people wish to get rid of them as they can be associated with ageing, mistaken for blushing or even considered a sign of alcoholism.

ELECTROLYSIS FOR THREAD VEIN REMOVAL

Electrolysis for thread veins is most successful when conducted as a course rather than a one-off so as not to cause skin damage or possible hyper-pigmentation.

The very tip of the finest, smallest needle (or probe) possible (about the size of an eyelash) is accurately positioned over the vessel and a current is applied to the surface of the skin.

This causes that tiny section of vessel to disappear and the practitioner moves onto the next minute section of vessel.

A number of small vessels can be treated in each session but care must be taken not to over treat an area so sessions are usually limited to 15 minutes per cheek.

Find a qualified electrologist near you.

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