thread vein removal

The Hampshire laser clinic uses a combination of the long pulsed ndyag and AFT laser to treat thread veins I - 3 mm in diameter. Thread veins or telanguctasias are tiny superficial red, blue or purplish blood vessels.

Thread veins vary in diameter from tiny red marks with a diameter of Y2 mm or less, to larger blue/purple thread veins with a diameter of up to 3mm. Thread veins of this colour and size have so far been difficult to treat with other laser therapy such as pulsed dye laser, and often would only respond to treatment with sclerotherapy.

Some patients may still need sclerotherapy or a combination of this and laser treatment particularly to deal with any larger vessels which fail to respond to treatment with the Nd: Yag Laser system. On average one to three treatments may be necessary.

How Rosacea laser treatment works

a) Veins lying too close to the skin surface cause red lesions
b) The vessels absorbs the light and is heated
c) The vessel is destroyed and quickly clears.

Treatments must be individualised depending on the severity of your condition and the symptoms you want treated. At The Hampshire Laser Clinic, our doctor will design a treatment plan to meet your needs. The redness, broken capillaries, and enlarged blood vessels can often be reduced in only a few visits.

Thread Vein laser treatment

What can I expect after treatment?
After treatment they may be some redness and swelling around the treated area which usually resolves in a few hours. Rarely some patients may experience some brown pigmentation of the skin due to the release of a pigment called haemosiderin. This is due to an element being released which is contained in red blood cells. This usually fades with time. Some whitening of the skin around the treated area can occur rarely and is usually transient. Scarring is unlikely with the Nd: Yag Laser. Following treatment, the tiny thread veins may look bruised and takes on average two-three weeks to fade. If further treatment is needed a waiting period of at least six weeks is necessary.

How does the treatment feel?
No anaesthesia is required and most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very quick hot pin prick.

Which types of veins can be treated?
Facial thread veins, Rosacea, Spider Naevi, Port Wine Stains, and lLeg Veins up to 3mm in diameter (by laser)

How is the treatment carried out?
You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin. The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area moisturised.

Are there any side effects?
Redness and a warm sensation are normal after treatment. A cool pack may be applied to ease these symptoms. The vessels should fade quickly, and some disappear immediately.

Am I suitable for treatment?
The fairer the skin, the easier the treatment. The best response is seen with small thread veins, spider naevi and rosacea. If there are any areas of broken skin treatment has to be delayed until the area has completely healed.

How long does each treatment take?
Treatments typically take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and size of lesion.

How many treatments are necessary?
Typically 1 -5 treatments are needed for maximum results, spaced approximately every 4 to 6 weeks.

What is the cost?

The cost of each treatment varies. The cost is directly associated with the time it takes to treat certain areas. At the Hampshire Laser Clinic, we can offer very competitive and affordable laser treatments because we only use fast, state of the art lasers. Please use our contact form or call us on- 01420 52 00 33 (Bentley Clinic) or 01483 23 36 53 (Woking Clinic) for specific costs or general enquiries.

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