Non-surgical treatment for thread veins

There are several options regarding non-surgical treatment for thread veins which are all equally useful. These treatments are effective but even more so when combined with a few lifestyle changes as a preventative measure.

Find out what these are in this section.

The types of treatment covered in this section include:

Laser treatment

This refers to lasers which are specially designed for this purpose, e.g. pulsed dye lasers. These are similar to intense pulsed light (IPL) and work by using intense heat to kill the offending vein.

Intense pulsed light treatment

This is often referred to as IPL for short: IPL is used to treat a range of conditions which include sun damaged skin (e.g. liver spots) and to rejuvenate tired, ageing skin.

It is also used to treat thread veins. It works similarly to a laser in that it emits short bursts of light energy to destroy the walls of the veins which causes them to fade.


This is a popular form of treatment for varicose veins. It involves the injection of a liquid substance into the veins which then causes them to swell. The vein then collapses and fades over time.

What this does is to stop blood from flowing through the affected vein.


This involves the passing of an electrical current through the skin which generates intense heat. This heat causes the vein to close and scar tissue to form which also means no recurrence.

Alternative treatments

This refers to herbal remedies or natural medicines such as natural plant extracts to treat thread veins. One example of these is a remedy which contains Vitamin K which is used to prevent post-procedure scarring.

How effective are these treatments?

You will have to wait for a few weeks before you notice the results of any of these treatments. It is a good idea to wait for 6 weeks to see if there is a noticeable improvement in your thread veins before considering any further treatment.

For example: if you have had your left leg treated then wait for a period of 6 weeks and review the results before getting your right leg treated.

Realistic expectations

What you need to do is to have realistic expectations regarding the success of any of these treatments. Please be patient and allow this period of time to elapse before assessing the results.

Treating thread veins is an ongoing issue and like varicose veins, there is no 'cure'for either of these. It is more a case of management and/or prevention instead.

You can expect that the majority of your thread veins will disappear, but, a few will remain. It is not possible to remove every single thread vein.

Plus there always the risk that new thread veins will appear.

But if you are realistic about what can be achieved then you will be more than satisfied with the outcome. Most people are happy with their results and know that they themselves have to undertake a few measures to ensure the continuation of these results.

These measures are discussed in more detail in our preventing thread veins section.

Guide to Thread Veins

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