Thread Vein Treatment

Thread veins or spider veins are tiny blood vessels that run close to the surface of the skin making red or purple wiggly lines. At Illuminate we treat and remove facial or ankle thread veins using a Thermavein machine. This is a highly effective, gold standard treatment that seals off the vein by delivering a small microwave current through a tiny needle touched to the skin.

Quick and safe, this treatment is used to remove thread veins that have developed from a wide range of causes, including ageing, rosacea, injury, exposure to the sun, x-rays, excess alcohol and scar tissue. We also use Thermavein to effectively treat skin tags and milia.


If you want to find out more about our thread vein treatments or to book an appointment, get in touch with the Illuminate Skin Clinic in Kings Hill, Kent today for an initial consultation with one of our thread vein specialists.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.

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Treatment Overview

Time required for treatment

15 minutes

Time until results seen

Usually 1 month after treatment

Treatment longevity

Results are long-term although you can develop entirely new thread veins at any time

Number of treatments required

Usually only 1 treatment is required. In severe cases additional treatments may be necessary

Anaesthetic Required


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If you have further questions about this treatment, please call us on
0330 1331 272


How does this thread vein removal treatment work?

The Thermavein machine uses a process known as Thermocoagulation. A microwave current is delivered to the thread vein via a small needle.  The current seals off the vein walls, leaving the dead vein to be naturally disposed of by your body.


What happens during my thread vein removal treatment?

Your skin will be cleaned before treatment and we will also take photographs of your skin. Treatment is given while you are lying down with your head slightly raised.  After treatment we will apply a non-occlusive foundation to the skin, to help to reduce any redness.


Will I feel any pain or side effects?

Your skin may look red and blotchy immediately after treatment and sometimes for an additional couple of days.  Crusting will usually develop on the treated area but this will fall off usually within 1 week.


Who is this thread vein removal treatment suitable for?

Anyone aged 18 and over who suffers from red spider veins.

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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.

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