Thread/spider veins are small, thin capillaries that lie close to the surface of the skin. They are usually red 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.
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.
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 Lynton EXCELIGHT® 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.
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.
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.
Clients with the following CANNOT be treated:
Clients with the following should seek permission from their GP:
Clients with the following should be treated with caution:
Individual treatment plans are required for the following:
* We cannot treat areas with an active tan (2 weeks old); allow tan to fade for at least one month before commencing treatment. Always use an SPF of at least 25.
If in doubt about suitability please consult your GP.
PLEASE NOTE: Only skin types 1-3 can be treated. You must be at least 18 years of age to be treated.
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