Sat, 03 February 2018
Spider or thread veins are thin red or purple blood vessels, 1-3mm in width, running close to the surface of the skin. Medically called telangiectasia, the condition affects approximately 40 per cent of women. It is different from varicose veins, which are larger and run deeper within the skin.
The causes are heredity, weight gain, prolonged standing or sitting, the use of certain medications (like oral contraceptives and chemotherapy), constrictive clothing, pregnancy, liver cirrhosis and hormonal shifts caused by puberty, birth control pills, menopause and hormone therapy. Facial thread veins can also be caused by tight-fitting glasses, squeezing spots, smoking and over-exposure to the sun, wind and cold.
The Nd YAG laser is most widely used to treat this problem. It emits a specialised light, which passes through the skin and is absorbed by the haemoglobin in the unwanted vessels. This light energy is converted into thermal energy, and the heat coagulates the blood, destroying the function of the vein. Over time, the vein is reabsorbed into the body and is no longer visible.
One procedure is often sufficient to achieve complete results; severe cases may require two or three treatments, approximately six weeks apart.
Dr Reeti Malhotra, aesthetic dermatologist, and Dr Ramesh P, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, at the Royal Aesthetic Centre, Royal Bahrain Hospital (RBH), are experts to consult for more information on the matter.
RBH provides affordable, safe and competent care to its patients, in keeping with the highest international standards. It has been recognised by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI) and accredited with the ‘diamond status’ by Bahrain’s National Health Regulatory Authority.
Call 17 246-939 or 17 246-857.