What is it?
Spider/thread veins are tiny blood vessels that run close to the surface of the skin and appear as red, or sometimes purple, lines. These veins, contrary to popular belief, are not actually broken, they are simply enlarged. Due to the dilation of these veins, they become visible through the transparency of the upper layers of the skin (epidermis).
Spider/thread veins are extremely common and can be caused by a number of things such as hereditary, hormones, pregnancy, smoking and exposure of the body to varied temperatures.
At Rachel’s Beauty World we use sensitive lasers to precisely target and breakdown unwanted red veins. This treatment can be used for thread veins on the face, legs, ankles and thighs.
How does it work?
Our gentle lasers use a process called “photothemolysis”. This is the targeting of tissue using a specific wavelength of light with the intention of absorbing light into that target area only. By doing this, only the area requiring treatment, i.e. the thread vein, is reached, allowing the surrounding area to remain undamaged. This is achieved by administering short bursts of the laser set to a specific level to bypass other elements of the skin that are not abnormal veins.
What will I feel during the treatment?
During the treatment you will feel a slight tingling sensation, like an elastic band being pinged on the skin. This should never be unbearable. Topical anaesthetic cream may be applied prior to the treatment, to numb the area.
How long will it take to see results?
Results should be visible immediately after the treatment. However, some thread veins may reappear a few days later, although they may be less visible. This means the vessel has not been completely removed. It is hard to establish the treatment of veins, due to your body make-up. So, after your initial treatment, we recommend between three to five sessions, although fewer may be necessary, dependent on the extent of the veins. This analysis of the number of treatments required will be assessed during your consultation.