Soaring numbers of men with 'drinkers nose' have unsightly thread veins removed to stop them looking like heavy boozers
Thread veins around the nose can be caused by alcohol, but also smoking, sun exposure or rosaceaBut many men are worrying the veins give off the wrong impression of being 'boozy', say expertsMen now account for 40 per cent of procedures done, compared with just 5 per cent a decade ago
16:22 GMT, 1 March 2013
17:27 GMT, 1 March 2013
Doctors have reported a sharp rise in men requesting cosmetic treatment to reduce the effect of 'drinkers nose' – unsightly thread veins on the face often blamed on heavy drinking.
Patients are telling doctors that the negative connotations associated with a red nose often means they are being overlooked for promotion because others assume they’re fond of a drink or two and therefore unreliable.
However, although alcohol can increase the chances of thread veins, experts say they can also be caused by too much sun, smoking, or by rosacea, a skin condition which causes a red nose and face.
Soaring numbers of men are having unsightly thread veins – caused by drinking, smoking and sun exposure – removed
Men now account for 40
per cent of all patients, compared with 5 per cent a decade ago, according to figures from Dr Newmans Clinic, a
doctor-led consultancy which specialises solely in removing thread
'We are seeing a high number of men seeking treatment in this area not only to perfect the appearance of the skin but, in many cases, to erase the redness that is often incorrectly associated with heavy drinking,' said Dr Peter Finigan, specialist thread vein practitioner at the clinic.
'It can have a great impact on a man’s confidence, specifically in business and social situations.
'Some of our patients have said they believe they are being overlooked for promotion or failing to win jobs because of the stigma associated with a red nose, assuming they’re big City boozers who have enjoyed too many liquid lunches on expenses.'
Thread veins on the nose can be caused by too much alcohol, but also smoking, too much sun or the skin condition rosacea
He said that there is an incorrect perception that this condition is always associated with alcohol abuse.
'While alcohol can cause thread veins, there is also a myriad of other factors, including too much sun. You may also simply be unlucky by inheriting a predisposition to thread veins.'
Famous faces with drinkers nose
include W.C. Fields, the 1930s American actor, who is purported to have
once said: 'I certainly do not drink all the time. I have to sleep you
However, although Fields was a heavy drinker and died of alcohol-related stomach hemorrhage, he also suffered from rosacea.
The actor W.C. Fields, who suffered from rosacea, was famous for his red nose
The clinics treat and remove thread veins with a unique form of Thermocoagulation.
Facial thread veins are normally successfully removed within one or two sessions.
Microwaves are used to to heat fine blood vessels and destroy them quickly, without any trace of scarring.
The energy is transferred to the affected area via an ultra-fine insulated needle to ensure accurate application without affecting the surrounding
skin and tissue.
When the high frequency energy (4Mhz) is passed through the vein, it causes it to collapse and instantly disappear.
As thermocoagulation uses a selective controlled energy, which preserves the epidermis, there are said to be no risks of burns or damage to the skin.