During my training into the world of Laser, like any other practical work you need models to work on and to be honest, I struggled to find someone I knew with Red Veins. Not because no one has them, but because people are either: unaware of what they are and just put it down to the signs of aging or bad skin; or are embarrassed by them and attempt to cover them with a pile of makeup hoping no one will notice! Luckily, my mum will do anything to look 10 years younger and became my number 1 client for everything, and also didn’t mind me pointing out the little red veins around her nose and cheek areas!
Now I know I said Laser hair removal was magic and I’m starting to sound as if I’m Harry Potter living in Hogwarts but with Red Veins the results can be instant, which to me is pretty amazing and the saying ‘now you see me now you don’t’ definitely rings true! ‘Wingardium Leviosa Red Veins!’.
So…How does the treatment work?
Although I don’t actually have a magic wand, I’d say my machine isn’t far from it! The light energy from the IPL is applied to the skin where it is readily absorbed by the blood vessels, heating them to a point where they collapse instantly and are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.
What type 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. But to break it down a little more for you…
Thread Veins: also called spider veins, are tiny prominent veins just below the skin surface. They tend to branch and give a spidery sort of pattern, often around the nose, cheeks and chin areas.
Rosacea: is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps or your face will look flushed. These signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks to months and then go away for a while.
Port Wine Stains: are a flat, red or purple mark on the skin that is present at birth. Very occasionally, over time, the port wine stain may become thicker, darken and develop a ‘cobblestone’ appearance with raised bumps and ridges.
Am I suitable for Treatment?
Treatment is suitable for most people but best results are obtained for those with skin types 1-3, however we offer a free consultation service so if you are unsure you are welcome to pop by and have a chat where if suitable, we can patch test on the day and book you in for a treatment a week later.
‘I’m scared! Does it hurt?’ How does the treatment feel?
Treatment can be mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anaesthesia, and the procedure is actually very quick. Sensations vary but most describe it as a 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. There could be a temporary lightening or darkening of the skin, which will go away after a few days.
How many treatments are necessary?
Typically, 3-5 treatments are needed for optimum results depending on the area being treated however small lesions may clear in just a single session! Repeat treatments are spaced every 4-6 weeks.
I hope this answered some of your questions but please feel free to contact me directly if you want to discuss further!
XOXO (I’ve watched gossip girl way too many times)
The Laser Skin Clinic