Laser Red Vein Removal
What are thread veins and why do they develop?
Sometimes called red vein, thread vein, spider vein, broken veins or telangiectasia, they appear as red or blue veins mainly on the face, legs or decolletage and, with time, all become more visible. There is now a comfortable and successful treatment for red vein removal with the Polaris laser system.
Will I need red vein removal?
Some people are genetically prone to developing thread veins whereas others are more at risk from injuries or exposure to extreme temperatures. Hormonal changes during pregnancy or due to the contraceptive pill and HRT can also increase the likelihood of forming these veins.
How does it work?
We use the Nd YAG laser system, which has a specific wavelength of 1064 nm neodymium, with a 4mm handpiece and variable settings depending on the area being treated. The laser delivers pulses of energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, the vessel blanches and is eventually reabsorbed by the body.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on the severity of the problem but treatments would be planned at eight week intervals. Some areas may require only one treatment whilst others may need up to three. This will be estimated at your consultation.
The area to be treated should be free from make-up, perfume and body or face creams. It is a pre-condition that there should be no active tan. The use of sunbeds, or exposure to strong sunlight must be avoided for three weeks prior to treatment. Suntans must be left to fade before treatment can start. Fake tan must not be applied for two weeks prior to treatment. Ensure that you will not be exposed to the sun or sun beds within six weeks of treatment.
We reserve the right to charge for any appointment booked but abandoned due to active sun tan/self tan. A medical history and your consent is taken before treatment can commence but we rely on you to inform us of any changes to this. We need to know of any medication you are taking including those bought from a chemist or herbalist.
*A consultation and patch test is required before the first treatment.