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Red Vein Removal

Although facial thread veins/spider veins are relatively common they can cause a great deal of embarrassment and distress to sufferers. The medical term for this type of vein is telangiectasia and they may be hereditary, or acquired as a result of sun exposure, natural ageing or as part of the skin condition called rosacea.

Intense Pulse Light Treatment

Both Intense Pulse Light and laser systems emit light that is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to point where they are destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels quickly clear as they are reabsorbed by the body. This leaves little or no trace of the original lesion.

For Intense Pulsed Light treatment a thin layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin to aid light absorption by the vessel. The light is then pulsed over the entire area to be treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area cooled. A similar process is carried out for laser treatment except the chilled gel is not required. During the treatment, protective eyewear is worn.

At Berkshire Skin Clinics we have the most advanced laser that can treat facial red veins, rosacea, port wine staines and spider nevi.

How many treatments are necessary?

Typically three to four treatments are needed for maximum results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session. For general redness and rosacea five or more treatments may be required. Repeat sessions are spaced every four to six weeks.

How long does each treatment take?

Treatment is relatively quick and can be just 10 minutes for a single lesion or up to 45 minutes for a full face.

How long do the results last?

Immediately after treatment some thread veins will disappear but may re-occur a few days later, but be less visible. With further treatment these vessels will disappear and are not likely to reoccur. However, once you have a tendency to facial redness you always will so new veins may appear at some point in the future making further treatment necessary. Maintenance sessions may not be required for several years though as results are long-lasting.

To help prevent new veins forming we strongly advise the use of a good sunscreen such as PRIORI Daily Defense SPF30

What does treatment feel like?

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anaesthesia and the procedure is actually quite quick. Sensations vary but most people describe it as a very quick, hot pinprick.