Thread Veins


The Fotona Nd:Yag laser offers the perfect solution for treating thread veins on the face or legs. Thread veins are a very common problem and are formed as a vein becomes dilated, thus becoming larger and visible through the skin.

The treatment course can either totally remove the visible veins or markedly reduce the appearance of the unwanted red or blue veins.

Treatment involves a course; leg veins require between 2 or 3 treatment sessions and facial veins usually between 1 or 2 treatment sessions, scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart.



How does the treatment work?

Treatment is performed by the Fotona laser and the energy emitted (1064nm) targets the haemoglobin (blood) found within the vein. This heat energy cause coagulation of the vein (clot) and heats up the wall of the vein causing them to collapse. The body no longer recognises the vein as being part of itself and it is reabsorbed by the white blood cells.

How many treatments do I need?

For leg veins we advise between 2 and 3 treatments (very occasionally 4), each treatment scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart. For facial veins often only 1 treatment is required, but depending on the extent maybe a further 1 to 2 treatments again scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart.

Does the treatment hurt?

The treatment is not painful, the sensation can be likened to “the snap of an elastic band”.

How long does the treatment take?

This depends on the extent of the area, or number of areas being treated, but usually one area takes approximately 15 minutes.

Are there any side effects?

You may notice the area being treated looks more obvious  as the vein becomes dark, this is to be expected, and you may develop a scab. This will fall off within a 1 to 2 week period.

Are there any contraindications to treatments?

Treatment of light should not be used if you are prone to keloid scarring, past medical history of  wound healing, one taking medication that causes photosensitivity or anti-seizure medication, have epilepsy (triggered by flashing lights) or an active tan (including false tan). We offer a free consultation to discuss your requirements and we will ask you to complete a medical questionnaire before your consultation.