Different configurations to those that are utilized for hair removal are used to treat vascular conditions such as
fine diffused redness, broken capillaries and spider veins.
The way it works is that light is absorbed into the blood vessel and the heat damages its walls. The body then reabsorbs what’s left of the vessel along with its contents and replaces it with collagen.
Am I suitable for treatment?
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 rosacea.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anaesthesia and the procedure is actually 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. Rarely some delicate skin areas such as the cheeks or décolleté can be red and slightly swollen for up to 48 hours. Though very rare, there is a chance a small blister may form and 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 size of lesion.
How many treatments are necessary?
It is sometimes possible to see results within several weeks, but may take up to 6 weeks after the treatment to appear. Generally, 3 or 4 treatments may be needed for some conditions, whereas for some only 1 or 2 treatments can be enough.
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability.