Laser Thread Vein Removal
Laser Thread Vein Removal (Cheek & Nose Vessels)
Thread veins (Telangiectasia) on the nose and cheeks can be quickly and easily removed at the clinic by our experienced medical team of doctors and aesthetic practitioners. The treatment typically takes 20-30 mins and most facial thread veins can be removed in just 2-3 treatment sessions. We offer Laser Thread Vein Removal at all three of our clinics based around Sussex; Contact Us today to book a consultation at a clinic of your choice:
We use the same medical lasers as leading Consultant Dermatologists around the world and our technology and medical experience enables us to get great results for our patients. Our Diode 532 Laser is what we use to effectively treat vessels on the cheeks and nose. This can also be combined for some patients with one or two sessions of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy to remove any background redness and flushing, before targeting the surface vessels with the Diode Laser.
This treatment is particularly effective against most facial thread veins up to 2mm in size, but even larger vessels can in some cases be removed by our doctor using electrocautry. Laser Thread Vein removal is the most effective treatment currently available for removing Facial Telangiectasia (thread veins) on the face. Other treatments, such as Veinwave or other microwave based technologies can often require multiple sessions to treat the same area, and the treatment is not always as successful as laser thread vein removal.
What does Diode Laser treatment involve?
When you come in for your treatment the practitioner will first assess your skin before explaining what the laser treatment will involve. You will be asked some general questions about your skin and then the expected results, number of sessions required, potential side-effects and costs will all be discussed with you in full. Once you are happy to go ahead with treatment you will lie down on one of our treatment couches whilst the practitioner sets up the laser for you. You will then be asked to wear some protective safety goggles and the practitioner will begin treatment. Whilst many patients don’t require any topical anaesthetic to numb the area prior to treatment, some may find the treatment uncomfortable. If this is the case then we can provide a topical anaesthetic cream called Emla, which will be applied to the area 30 minutes before your next treatment session to numb the area. The laser works by selectively heating up the superficial vessels, causing the thread vein wall to collapse and restrict the blood flow to the area. This restriction of blood flow through the thread vein is what effectively makes the vessel invisible. Once treated you will notice that the treated veins disappear as soon as the laser beam is traced over them. It is quite common for some of the thread veins to re-fill again after the first treatment, which is why we recommend 2-3 sessions in total to successfully treat the area.
Can I wear make-up after treatment?
We would recommend that you avoid using make up initially after treatment as the skin might be slightly tender, but generally you are free to wear makeup immediately after treatment but you should combine this with a high-factor sunscreen in-between treatment sessions.
Is the Diode Laser treatment painful?
During treatment you may experience a slight tingling sensation. Treatment with the diode laser can be uncomfortable for some, but most patients do not require any anaesthetic cream to numb the area prior to treatment. The Diode Laser is equipped with a chilled sapphire tip which cools skin before, during, and after each pulse. However, if you do find the treatment uncomfortable or if you have any concerns about treatment then you can always have some topical anaesthetic cream applied to numb the area before you come in for your next treatment session. The topical anaesthetic cream (Emla) is available at the clinic and will be applied to you 30 minutes before your next appointment. This will then be removed immediately before treatment and should help to make the treatment more comfortable for you.
How long do treatments take?
Treatments can take 5 to 30 minutes or more depending on the treatment area. If a topical anaesthetic is necessary then you will need to come in 30 minutes before your appointment to have the cream applied.
How many treatments are needed?
Most patients experience considerable improvement after 1 to 3 treatments depending upon the skin condition and level of treatment. Typically only 2 or 3 sessions are required in most cases.
What should I expect after treatment?
Soon after treatment your skin may appear slightly flushed and swollen. These effects usually subside after a few hours but can in rare cases last a few days.