Everyone has a part of their body they’re hung up about, right? Well I’ve always had this weird thing about my legs – I have a vague recollection of someone once referring to them as tree trunks when I was at school and since then I’ve only been able to see the bad bits of them.
But it’s not only the shape of my legs that bothers me, it’s the fact that there are a few patches covered in broken capillaries. They spread out like little red channels over my legs and, to me, are really noticeable. I always felt like they made my legs look like they belong to a Grandma rather than a 20 year old.
Technically, the condition is called telenglectasia (try saying that after a drink or two) and these things are known as thread veins, or spider veins. They are broken capillaries that sit just below the surface of the skin so they are visible. According to Google, there is a whole range of things that cause the blighters: hormone changes, sun exposure, body weight pressure and injuries, to name a few. I don’t know exactly what caused mine, but I do bruise like a peach so I wonder if there’s a connection.
There are a couple of different ways you can treat thread veins – sclerotherapy and laser treatment. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the tiny vein that irritates the vein wall, causing it to collapse and the blood to be re-absorbed into the body. Laser uses the same principles, but it’s intense, targeted heat that causes the vein to collapse and the blood to clot.
Given I hate needles (and I’m not rich enough for sclerotherapy), it was a no-brainer for me and I started to look into laser options.
Laser thread vein treatment at Aspen Beauty
I came across Aspen Beauty through the lovely blogger Katie Meehan (go check her out here) – she had been to Lorna at Aspen Beauty for IPL hair removal. Aspen offer a range of treatments, from hair styling to waxing to acne treatments and scar reduction.
The salon is compact, but well finished, with professional and friendly staff. The treatment takes place in a separate room to the salon, which is private so you can get changed without being interrupted.
Aspen Beauty can be found in Stannington, just up the A1 from Newcastle upon Tyne.
I’ve only had one treatment so far, but I can’t wait to share with you how it goes, how much it hurts, how much it costs and whether I would recommend it. Stay tuned for more!
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