Unsightly thread veins also known as broken capillaries and various other vascular lesions on the face or body can be safely removed using IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or Laser.
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a free consultation where details about your medical history will be obtained in order to confirm your suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to give informed consent and a test patch will be carried out. Contact Us to book your free consultation today.
How does the treatment work?
Both Intense Pulsed Light and Laser systems emit light which is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating to a point where they are destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels quickly clear as they are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original vessel.
Which types of veins can be treated?
Most superficial red skin lesions including facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevi, port wine stains are usually treated with IPL, whereas leg veins up to 3mm in diameter are usually treated with Laser.
How is the treatment carried out?
For Intense Pulsed Light treatments a thin layer of gel is applied to the skin to aid light absorption by the vessel. The light applicator is then placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The gel is removed and the area cooled. A similar process is carried out for Laser treatment except the gel is not required. During the treatment, protective eye wear will be provided.
Treatment is suitable for most people, however best results are obtained for those with fair skin, and there is less chance of side effects. The best response is seen with facial thread veins, spider naevi and vivid purple or red leg veins.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anaesthesia and the procedure is quite quick. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very quick hot pin prick.
Are there any side effects?
After treatment the area may feel warm for a few hours. Some delicate skin areas such as the cheeks or décolleté can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours. Redness and swelling is expected when treating leg veins, however it quickly subsides. Though very rare, there is a chance a small blister may form or there could be temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatments typically take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and amount of vessels to be treated.
How many treatments are necessary?
Typically 2-6 treatments are needed for maximum results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session. Repeat treatments are spaced every 4 to 6 weeks.