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Facial thread veins or broken red veins (telangiectasia) are small unsightly superficial red,

purple or blue veins that occur around the nose and across the cheeks, chin, neck and decolletage.

Cherry haemangiomas and spider veins which can appear anywhere on the face

or body can also be successfully treated. These broken vessels occur when the vein dilates

and become larger, so they are visible through the transparency of the skin. Although facial

veins / spider veins are quite common they can cause some distress and embarrassment for

those who have them.

Facial veins may be hereditary or as a result of a variety of factors including damage from

sun exposure, wind and the extremes of temperature. The overuse of steroid creams and

certain auto immune conditions may also induce thread veins. Often the exact cause is

unknown and may just be part of the natural ageing process or as a part of a skin condition

called rosacea.

Facial vessels are effectively treated with Intense Pulse Light (IPL) or laser with minimal

downtime or risk in just a few quick, easy treatments. IPL emits light, which is readily

absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to point where they are destroyed. Following

treatment, the vessels quickly clear as they are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no

trace of the original lesion.

Immediately after treatment some thread veins will disappear but may re-occur a few days

later but be less visible. With further treatment these vessels will disappear and are not likely

to reoccur. However, once you are prone to facial redness you always will be, so new veins

may appear at some point in the future making further treatment necessary. Maintenance

sessions may not be required for several years though as results are long-lasting. To help

prevent new veins forming we strongly advise the use of a good sunscreen, minimum SPF50,

to protect the skin from future damage.


Protective goggles must be worn. A cool gel will be applied to help the handpiece glide, aid

absorption of the light and increase client comfort. Treatment sensation varies but is often

described as a ‘flick of an elastic band’. No anaesthetic is required, and most clients describe

the discomforts as moderate and tolerable. The gel is removed and a cooling balm applied.

The skin will be red and may be swollen. During treatment protective eye wear will be


Post procedure instructions

  • Care should be taken to avoid trauma to the treated are for 4-5 days

  • Avoid strenuous activities, sauna, steam rooms and excessively hot baths

  • Ice packs or aloe vera can be applied if area feels hot or swollen

  • Make-up can be reapplied after several hours

  • Superficial scabbing/flaking is expected, which should be left to fall off naturally

  • SPF 50 should be applied to any area exposed to sunlight

Can anyone have this treatment?

Most people are suitable for treatment except for...

  • Very dark skinned or tanned individuals

  • History of keloid scarring

  • Breast feeding and pregnancy

  • Severe photosensitive skin

  • Epilepsy within last 12 months

  • Skin cancer or other malignant disease

  • Cancer in the last 2 years

  • Active inflammatory skin condition such as eczema, herpes simplex in the area

Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.

Treatment summary

Procedure Time

15 - 30mins

Duration of Result

Occasional top ups may be required

Recovery Time

1 - 5 days

Back to Work

Same day

Number of Treatments

1 - 4

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