Thread veins and other vascular issues
Facial thread veins or broken red veins are small unsightly superficial red, purple or blue veins that occur around the nose and across the cheeks and chin. These broken veins occur when the veins dilate and become larger so they are visible through the transparency of the skin. Although facial veins/spider veins are quite common they can cause some distress and embarrassment for those who have them.
Facial veins may be hereditary or as a result of a variety of factors including damage from sun exposure, wind and extreme temperatures. The overuse of steroid creams and certain auto-immune conditions may also induce thread veins. Often the exact cause is unknown and may just be part of the natural ageing process or as a part of a skin condition called rosacea.
Facial veins are effectively treated with Intense Pulse Light (IPL) or laser with a minimal recovery period or risk in just a few quick, easy treatments.
Treatment is suitable for you if you want to:
Reduce overall facial redness and reduce blushing.
Remove embarrassing broken veins or red spots.
Have clearer, brighter, fresher looking skin.
Pricing starts from £65, drop us a message to book in your free consultation.
How it works
Light energy is applied to the skin where it is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to a point where they are destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels quickly clear as they are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.
Frequently asked questions
Which types of veins can be treated?
Most red skin lesions, including facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevi, and port wine stains can be treated very successfully. Depending on the lesions, leg veins can also respond well to treatment.
How is the treatment carried out?
The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. During treatment, protective eye wear must be worn and will be provided.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Treatment is suitable for most people. Best results are obtained for those with fair skin.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment maybe 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 5 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and size of lesion.
How many treatments are necessary?
Typically 3 to 5 treatments are needed for optimum results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session. Repeat treatments are spaced every 4 to 6 weeks.