Thread veins or spider veins are small blood vessels which are running close to the surface of the skin. They usually appear as a person ages. This is due to the fact that as we age, our veins begin to weaken. As the valves weaken, the blood flows back down the vein and flows downhill.
The condition can also be caused by hormonal changes associated with pregnancy or menopause. During pregnancy, the amount of blood present in the body increases, thus putting more pressure on the veins. The condition can also develop due to environmental factors such as too much sun exposure, wind or extreme temperatures or being overweight. Certain medications can also lead to the formation of thread veins.
IPL works by treating thread veins by sending shot bursts of light of different wavelengths on the affected area. This light is then absorbed by the haemoglobin in the thread veins which is causing damage to the blood vessels. IPL can treat thread veins at the same time minimising the harmful effects to the surrounding tissue.
- Visible reduction in facial veins
- Clearer complexion
- Pain-free treatments
How does it work?
Prior to the treatment, a consultation will be conducted in which your practitioner will take your medical history in order to see if you are suitable for this procedure. You can also discuss with your practitioner about your goals and any questions you have will be answered. They will also carry out a patch test.
First, they will provide you with protective eye wear. A thin layer of gel is applied to the area you wish to treat in order to aid in light absorption. Afterwards the IPL applicator is moved across the skin and short pulses of light are released. The applicator is then moved to the next patch of skin, and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. Afterwards, they will remove the gel and will cool down your skin.
After the treatment we do not recommend taking hot baths or showers, as well as being on a sauna or steam room. We also do not recommend sun exposure for 2 weeks after the treatment.
The results of this treatment are fantastic. You will see a visible improvement in the appearance of your skin.
1. How many sessions will I need?
Typically you would need 3 to 5 treatments in order to get the best results.
2. When can I have my next treatment?
Laser treatments are usually spaced up to 12 weeks apart, as your body needs time to repair the cells.
3. Will this work for my skin type?
This treatment can treat a variety of skin types, however you should book an appointment in order to have an expert analyse your skin.