Intense Pulsed Light has a programme that treats vascular marks, such as dilated capillaries, naevi (red spots) and rosacea.
Causes of Red Veins
Incorrect skin care
Having an outdoor lifestyle
Working / living in an environment that experiences extremes of temperature
With emphasis on past, present, and future skin care, this treatment can dramatically improve the skin giving a more even tone and texture, reducing the flushing n the area.
Treating vascular lesions by IPL involves using a range of light wavelengths that are attracted to the colour of blood. The blood absorbs the light when it is pulsed onto the skin and heats up. The skins own healing mechanism is stimulated resulting in absorption of the blood into the circulatory system leaving little or no trace of the original blemish. There may be a 'greyness' of the capillary noticed after the treatment or it may take 1 - 4 weeks for the reabsorption process to take place.
A client may expect to have 1 - 3 treatments at 4 - 6 weekly intervals but this does differ from person to person. Some people achieve very satisfactory results with very few treatments.
A thorough consultation is given and a test patch where the treatment method is explained verbally, and a thorough personal and medical history is noted, contra-indications checked and the clinician examines the skin.
The clinician will always attempt to establish the cause of the red veins appearing and advise the client accordingly of any changes in his/her lifestyle that she recommends. 7 days must elapse before a treatment can commence. The area to be treated is cleansed and a layer of cold gel is smoothed onto the skin. The glass light guide is rested gently onto the skin and the light pulsed. A client would feel a brief warm pin prick or sting. The skin is cooled after treatment and protected with an antiseptic lotion. The clients skin might look red after treatment but should return to normal within a couple of hours.
The vessels should disappear quickly, and some do so immediately.
Very rarely, hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation or blistering and bruising of the skin occur, and these are usually temporary.
The IPL clinician will discuss future skin care and UV protection to ensure long- lasting treatment results.
Treatment of Red Veins
Red veins, thread veins or dilated capillaries are all terms used to describe the embarrassing problem of a flushed appearance on the surface of the skin. Although the face is commonly affected they can occur on other areas of the body. This condition, along with spider naevi can be treated by short wave diathermy or blend electrolysis. A very fine sterilised gold plated filament is used.
The aim of the treatment is to coagulate the blood that is visible in fine red lines on the surface of the skin, and seal off the 'filler point' from where the blood originates. Each capillary is individually treated so it can be a gradual process if there are many red veins to treat but a very worthwhile one.
The client feels a series of brief warm sting-like sensations and although the treated capillary initially turns white, the surrounding skin usually looks pink. Very fine, 'cat-scratch' type of scabs can form 48 hours after treatment which is normal and these must be left to drop off when they are ready to so that the skin may heal underneath completely and pleasing results are achieved.
Other skin blemishes that can be treated by electrolysis:
Milia - small, yellowish bumps commonly found along cheekbones
Basal cell papilloma - also known as seborrhoeic warts - commonly found on the body
Warts - raised, hard growths caused by a viral infection
Moles, or naevi - Moles growths on the skin that are usually brown or black
Skin tags - soft lumps, attached to the skin by a stalk that tend to occur in the armpits, neck and groins