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Red Vein Removal

Lancaster Skin and Laser Clinic use Intense Pulsed Light and Laser Intense Pulsed Light as a breakthrough treatment for the removal of thread veins and permanent red flushing, as it can effectively and quickly remove veins that are too small for other removal techniques.

 
a) Veins lying too close to the skin surface cause red lesions
b) The vessel absorbs the light and is heated
c) The vessel is destroyed and quickly clears

Laser treatment can be used to remove deeper, thicker veins that can appear around the nose or on the legs.

How does the treatment work?
The intense pulsed light and laser system releases precisely controlled short pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by the blood vessel, heating it to a point where it is destroyed. Following treatment the vessels quickly clear and are re-absorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.

Which types of veins can be treated?
Most red skin lesions including facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevi, port wine stains and leg veins up to 3mm diameter (by laser).

How is the treatment carried out?

You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin. The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighboring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area cooled.

Am I suitable for treatment?
The fairer the skin, the easier the treatment. The best response is seen with small thread veins, spider naevi and rosacea. If there are any areas of broken skin, treatment has to be delayed until the area has completely healed.

How does the treatment feel?

No anaesthesia is required and most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very quick hot pin prick.

Is it safe?

After treatment the area may feel warm for a few hours. Rarely some delicate skin areas such as the cheeks or décoletté could be red and slightly swollen for up to 48 hours. The vessels should fade quickly. Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form.

How long does each treatment take?

Treatments typically take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and size of lesion.

How many treatments are necessary?

Typically 1-5 treatments are needed for maximum results, spaced approximately every 4 to 6 weeks.
Lancaster Skin and Laser Clinic, Kings Arcade, Lancaster, LA1 1LE.
Tel: 01524 64887, email:siobhan@lancasterskinandlaserclinic.co.uk