Blue veins are faint blue veins that run down the leg. Spider Veins or Thread Veins as they are commonly known are fed from the blue veins; they are blood vessels that are near the surface of the skin which have become visible. They look like thin red and bluish lines in the skin, causing an unsightly appearance of the vein.
The main cause of this condition is hereditary, but also a number of factors contribute to the appearance of these vessels including; activities or occupations such as hair dressers that require prolonged sitting or standing, pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal changes, weight gain and the use of certain medications, that can lead to broken capillaries and prominent veins showing through the skin. These thread veins can dramatically affect ones confidence, restricting the type of clothes or swim wear one would wear. Many people of all ages have this condition but there are treatments available to remove and prevent further veins appearing the main one being Sclerotherapy. Most practitioners may treat only the thread veins but Dr James believes the best results are achieved when the root cause of the problem is eliminated by treating the blue ‘feeder’ veins also. Dr James is a member of the British Association of Sclerotherapists so you can rest assured you are in safe hands.