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Facial vein treatment, at BrightNewMe

Thread veins (also known as spider veins) are an extremely common condition, affecting approximately 50% of the Western population, both men and women, of all ages. Although they have no detrimental health consequences, they can be unsightly, and can significantly affect a person’s confidence.

There are a number of methods of treating facial thread veins, including laser, IPL (intense pulse light) and epilation. However, all of these techniques have significant drawbacks, such as a risk of scarring, and often require multiple treatment sessions.

The technique we use at BrightNewMe is thermo-coagulation, using the ThermaVein system, which in turn utilises the Veinwave technology devised by world renowned vascular surgeon, Dr Brian Newman.


Thermo-coagulation is the process of delivering a tiny amount of microwave energy, through a needle the width of a strand of hair, directly into the vein. This causes the vein to collapse in on itself, and immediately disappear (it is then reabsorbed into the body, permanently). The procedure is entirely safe, and the effects are very impressive.  Dr Newman himself has performed this procedure on me, and I can testify to the efficacy of treatment.


The same procedure, thermo-coagulation, can be used to treat a variety of vascular skin lesions such as spider naevi, lip angiomas, Campbell de Morgan spots (tiny red dots on the skin) and others.

A condition commonly associated with thread veins is rosacea, or facial redness, and it is generally appropriate to treat both conditions at once. For rosacea I recommend a regime of prescription skincare, tailored to an individual’s specific skin type and needs.

If you would like more detailed information about thread veins/ thermo-coagulation, including costs of treatment, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Patient experience

Although we have a dedicated page for general client testimonials, below you will see a number of comments from patients whose thread veins we have treated.  Click on the extract to see the comments in full.

“The outcome of my treatment has been fantastic. Since changing my routine, re-applying sun protection every day and the thermo-coagulation treatment, my face is 100% better, many thanks to Sarah and Julie.”
“I came to see Sarah 3 months ago after having unsightly spider veins on my face for 10+ years. I was sceptical at first as I did not believe that the veins would ever disappear. Following one consultation and one treatment session with Sarah the veins disappeared immediately. Following a short period of the veins returning, (as advised by Sarah they would) my skin is now clear! My confidence in life and in my job have improved, and still cannot get over my reflection when I look in the mirror. I very much buy from people, and from first entering the practice I was made to feel welcome and never pressured in to having any procedures done. Thank you to Sarah, Helen and all the team at BrightNewMe!”
“Firstly, I am very pleased with the outcome of my treatment. The veins either side and at the end of my nose have disappeared. A very pleasing outcome. My recovery was swift, I’d say about 5-6 days for the redness to subside and about 10 days to 2 weeks for all the veins to disappear. I am extremely happy with the treatment and professionalism of all of you and won’t hesitate in returning as the need arises.”
“I wanted to get the veins around my nose removed and chose the BrightNewMe clinic. My aim was just for the large veins to be removed but Dr. Sarah worked on all areas of my face. I hadn’t realised that redness on my cheeks and chin, which I cover with make up, were also caused by veins. They were all cleared up under the treatment. The treatment removes them instantly. There is redness for a few days afterwards and cream is provided to lessen it. After that clears up there are no side effects and my face without make up is really clear. Dr. Sarah also gave me lots of advice about keeping them away in future. I’m very impressed with how much was done in one treatment. I’m thrilled with the results.”
“I have been visiting the clinic for about a year now as I suffer with rosacea . When I first met Sarah I liked her immediately – she listened to what I had to say and how the redness of my face makes me feel . I have been using the skin care range ZO. These products have helped improve my skin immensely – it looks and feels fresher but I could still see the thread veins which add to the redness. I had read all about the facial vein treatment thermo-coagulation so I asked Sarah about it and she explained the process to me . Last week, after giving it months of thought, I went ahead and had a short treatment. That evening I could see an immediate improvement (obviously my skin was a little red after treatment but Sarah gave me a soothing cream which helped) . Now three days on the redness has calmed down and I can see clear patches of normal skin where the veins she treated have disappeared. I am so pleased I have already booked another session.”

I have visited many skin specialists but never one like Dr Sarah Norman, who I wholeheartedly endorse.

I have been unhappy with my skin since my teenage years: like a shadow, the feeling of insecurity and inadequacy followed me as I grew up. For over a decade, I have searched for a practitioner who could help me: trying IPL, lasers, veinwave (through other doctors) as well as expensive creams. This damaged my pocket, but worse were the experiences where I was left badly marked and I felt very low, thinking that no one could help me.

I was recommended Dr Sarah Norman and I am so glad I was. Initially, I was wary due to my previous bad experiences, but I was quickly put at ease. Three treatments later and I feel better than I ever have about my skin. It’s a working progress and more treatments are needed; however, for the first time in my adult life – I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and feel positive that we will achieve clear skin (which is something I never thought I’d say).

Not only is Sarah a great Doctor, but she is on hand when I need her – happy to talk and answer questions both before and after treatment, as well as being empathetic and understanding. I would recommend anyone with skin concerns to go and visit her.

I’m now in my 50’s. I’ve suffered with rosacea since my teens and then thread veins on my nose and cheeks since my mid-twenties.

Prior to consulting Sarah, I hadn’t realised that it was actually possible to treat rosacea and the IPL treatment that I’d previously had for my thread veins was so painful and the recovery time so long afterwards, that I wasn’t prepared to put myself through it again.

On consulting Sarah I was therefore delighted when she was not only able to prescribe treatment for my rosacea (which has now improved dramatically), but also introduce me to the ThermaVein treatment that she has since used to treat the thread veins. In short, following three treatments the thread veins have completely vanished and although the treatment caused mild discomfort at the time, it was infinitely less painful than the previous IPL treatment that I’d had and the recovery time (to clear skin) was vastly reduced.

In short, I am delighted with the treatment I received and the results that have been achieved; in fact my wife, friends and colleagues have all remarked upon what a difference the treatment has made and which I will definitely repeat again as and when the need arises in future.

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