Thread veins are tiny, thin blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin and look red or sometimes purple. Due to their appearance, they are sometimes referred to as ‘spider veins’ or ‘broken veins’, despite them being slightly enlarged, not broken. Medically speaking, they are called telangiectasia.
Using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Lasers and the right filters, our experts can ensure only light with the right qualities (wavelengths) are permitted to reach your skin, for a clear complexion and optimum thread vein removal.
Thread vein removal treatment entails employing a high-powered, hand-held, computer-controlled flashgun to produce an intense, visible, broad-spectrum pulse of light. The light that is generated has a spectral range that targets specific skin structures and chromophoeres (part of a molecule responsible for colour) that are heated to the point of destruction to be reabsorbed by the body.
Unlike lasers that employ only one wavelength (colour) of light, which usually matches just one chromophore, and therefore remedies only one skin condition, IPL uses a wide spectrum that, when used in conjunction with filters, allows it to be used to combat many conditions, such as thread veins on face, neck and other areas.
Tolerance of pain is very individual from person to person. No anaesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin, followed by a warm sensation lasting several minutes. There may be some redness and discomfort for around 24 hours but this is not always the case.
The number of treatments depends on the body site treated and severity of the thread vein. Clinical studies have confirmed that 1-6 treatments usually are needed in thread vein removal, and these are usually scheduled about one month apart. With the new Zeolight laser, results can be seen after 1 treatment, but a course of 3 laser thread vein removal sessions is still recommended.
The light used is a completely safe, visible light. Potential harmful wavelengths are removed by a dual mode filtering system. Since tanning takes place by accumulation of pigment (melanin) in the skin, it is, however, important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning cream) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective.
An ANP Skin Clinic professional will talk you through the thread vein removal process during your pre-treatment personal consolation, outlining any risks and taking a full medical history to assess your suitability for the treatment. Allergies will be identified and questions will be answered.
To ensure optimal light transmission to the blood vessel, a thin layer of gel (similar to that used in ultrasound examinations) is applied to your skin before treatment. The IPL technician will choose the filter required that matches a specific chromophore or condition you wish to remedy (based on the points raised in your consultation).
The glass prism within the applicator guides the light to the skin, so several vessels can be targeted in one flash of light. The treatment time depends on the area to be covered and the number of distant vessels to be treated. A single session typically lasts 10-20 minutes.
Generally, no post-treatment care is needed but people with sensitive skin may benefit from using a soothing cream for a few days after treatment. We recommend you limit sun exposure and use a sunscreen (SPF 50) for a few weeks following treatment.
This treatment is suitable for anyone seeking thread vein removal for the facial area, as this is the area of the body we treat using IPL lasers. As the treatment relies on absorption of light by the haemoglobin in the blood the most effective results are seen with light skin. The lighter the skin, the more pronounced the contrast between the vessel and the skin, making treatment easier. However, the machine has programmed settings for different skin colours that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion.
A patch test is £20 and individual treatments are £70.
Fortunately, there are very little risks associated with IPL Laser Thread Vein Removal but some rare side-effects include burning of the area treated, which will heal over time, blistering of the treated area, which is temporary and swelling of the treated area. The swelling is also temporary and will resolve itself within a few days.