Thread/Spider vein removal kent 

What are thread/spider veins?

Thread/spider veins are small, thin capillaries that lie close to the surface of the skin. They are usually red in colour but can also be purple/blue. Thread/spider veins are not to be confused with varicose veins which are swollen and enlarged veins that have a 'lumpy' appearance. Thread veins consist of a branch of veins, whereas spider veins are more like a cluster of veins. Thread/spider veins are connected to a larger venous system but are not an essential part of it as they do not carry blood to the heart. They are formed when excess blood backs up in the blood stream creating pressure; this pressure is released when the new veins are created just below the skin's surface.

What causes thread/spider veins?

The cause of thread/spider veins is unknown but contributory factors are thought to be smoking, hormonal changes, alcohol consumption and changes in temperature. They may also be hereditary. The primary problem with thread/spider veins is their unsightly appearance but they can also cause swelling, aching and burning. Although thread/spider veins are extremely common they can be very embarrassing as they can affect the face but also the legs and other parts of the body.

                             Before                                                                                   After


(Photograph of thread veins on a male client's cheek before and after IPL treatments)

How can thread/spider veins be removed?

Intense Pulsed Light is a safe, effective and non-invasive method for removing thread veins. Unlike other methods such as sclerotherapy, there is no downtime when using Intense Pulsed Light to remove thread veins and treatments can be as quick as 15 to 20 minutes. The Ecolite Intense Pulsed Light system used at PureLite emits a powerful yellow light which is absorbed by the blood in the veins. A heat reaction occurs which breaks down the protein in the vessel walls destroying the veins, and the debris is then removed by the body's natural waste disposal system. After a few sessions the appearance of thread/spider veins will be dramatically reduced or totally removed, dependent on the veins and the treatment area.

How do I prepare for treatments?

You do not need to do anything in order to prepare for treatments. However, it is important to avoid going into the sun or using sunbeds/fake tan for at least 30 days prior to treatment. It is important to keep your skin as pale as possible to prevent too much light being absorbed by a darker complexion which would cause treatments to be less effective and increase the chance of burns.

What will happen after treatment?

Generally there are no real side effects from IPL thread vein removal treatments although some redness may be experienced in the treated area but this will subside within a few hours. It is also usual for the treated area to become swollen after treatment but this is not permanent and will last for a maximum of a few days. If enough light has been absorbed by the veins scabs will appear on the skin's surface which will last for 10-14 days after which clear, unblemished skin will be revealed.

PLEASE NOTE: Thread vein removal treatments can only be performed on skin types 1-3 and you must be at least 18 years of age to be treated. 

Am I suitable for IPL treatment?

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Please call us on 01634 292050 for more information or to book a consultation.

About PureLite

PureLite is friendly and welcoming; we will do all we can to make you feel at ease and our main concern is your happiness and satisfaction. We are based in a clean and modern premises, discreetly located near Strood town centre.

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Strood, Rochester

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