Spider veins, also known as ‘thread veins’, are small, jagged veins which can look like tree branches or cobwebs, hence the name. Spider veins are usually red or blue, and are visible as they tend to be close to the surface of the skin. Thread veins can appear anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on the face or legs.

Spider veins are caused by a backup of blood, which creates the “web” of veins close to the surface of your skin. These veins are very common, and it is estimated that they effect 30-60% of adults in the UK.

Thread veins are not usually painful, but in some cases may cause throbbing, aching or discomfort after prolonged periods of standing, walking or sitting. Spider veins on the face often cause a loss in confidence as they are considered to be unsightly, and because of their colour, they are really difficult to hide with make-up.


Solution: To discuss which option is best to treat your spider veins, contact Dr Firas Al-Niaimi; an experienced cosmetic dermatologist working from Harley Street, London. Dr Al-Niaimi will assess your spider veins and may recommend either laser treatment or sclerotherapy.