IPL and Laser Red Vein Removal

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Here at Cheshire Lasers, we offer a wide range of facial and body vein treatments. You can read an overview of all the treatments available for the different areas here.

For most people we find our Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments are the most effective treatments for removing facial veins.

At Cheshire Lasers, we mostly use our very effective Lumina ASQ system made in Holmes Chapel by Lynton Lasers to remove thread veins. Is a very effective system that quickly removes veins that are too small for other removal techniques. The system has an IPL handpiece to remove small thread veins and red flushing and a laser handpiece for more stubborn larger veins.

Which Veins / Red lesions can Laser and IPL treat?

We can treat most red skin lesions on the face with our Lynton system, including thread/spider veins, rosacea, spider naevi, cherry angiomas and port-wine stains. We can also treat spider naevi and cherry angiomas anywhere on the body.

If you have leg veins – Cheshire Lasers recommends Sclerotherapy thread vein removal find out more here. 

How does IPL / Laser Red Vein Treatment work?

Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) are both light treatments. Lasers use a single, focused wavelength for precise targeting compared to IPL, which employs a broad spectrum of wavelengths, making it versatile for treating various red skin concerns.

The intense pulsed light system releases precisely controlled short pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by the blood cells, heating them to a point where they are destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels that contain them are also destroyed and reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.

Laser therapy for thread veins works by emitting concentrated beams of light that selectively target and heat the blood vessels, causing them to coagulate and collapse. Over time, the body naturally absorbs the collapsed vessels, gradually fading and reducing the appearance of thread veins.

Am I suitable for IPL Red Vein Treatment?

The fairer the skin, the easier the treatment.
Small solitary thread veins, spider naevi, and rosacea respond the best.
We can not recommend this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You are also not suitable if you are on medication that makes your skin sensitive in general ( e.g. steroids) or makes it sensitive to light.
If you have a suntan or a dark skin type, you are not suitable for this treatment, and we would recommend Advanced Electrocautery instead.

What does an IPL / Laser Red Vein Treatment involve?

You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes.

Depending on the treatment, we may apply a layer of chilled gel on the area to guide the light into the skin. We target the laser or IPL handpiece on the skin needing treatment and releasing light energy. We then move the handpick and target the neighbouring area.

Our laser technician will then use our cryo machine to cool the area and apply a cooling gel.

How does the treatment feel?

Most patients describe the discomfort as uncomfortable but acceptable. Sensations vary, but most describe the discomfort as a very quick hot pin prick.

Is IPL Red Vein Treatment Safe?

After treatment, the area may go red and feel warm for a few hours. Sometimes delicate skin areas such as the cheeks or décolletage could be red and slightly swollen for up to 48 hours and sometimes small blisters may form. The vessels should fade quickly. Rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or larger blisters may develop.

How long does each treatment take?

Treatments typically take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and size of the lesion.

How many treatments are necessary?

Most people need between 1-5 treatments. This depends on the severity of the problem and how well it responds to treatment.
Treatments should be 4 to 6 weeks apart.

How do I arrange a Vein Removal at Cheshire Lasers?

Before starting your treatment, you will need a consultation appointment and a patch test to ensure you are suitable for the procedure.

Our Level 4 NVQ laser and IPL technician will provide a full consultation. The consultation helps to identify your expectations and gives you a complete explanation of the treatment.

Our technician will take a medical history to confirm your suitability for treatment. They will go through a consent form with you if you wish to start treatment. They will discuss the treatment in detail and what you should and should not do to avoid side effects to achieve the best results. Our technician will give you some written information to remind you of all the important information.
They will then perform a test patch to assess how you react to the treatment on a small area.

Who performs the IPL and Laser Red Vein Removal treatments at Cheshire Lasers?

At Cheshire Lasers, our NVQ Level 4 IPL and Laser technician performs all our facial thread vein removal treatments.

Before and after images for the Removal of Facial Red / Thread Veins with Laser and IPL:

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View our Cheshire Lasers – Laser and IPL Thread Vein Removal Leaflet.

View Cheshire Lasers Price List for IPL Thread Vein Removal here.

Find out our pre and post-treatment information if you are considering booking this treatment here.

Find out how to book Thread Vein Removal with IPL / Laser at Cheshire Lasers here.