What is Laser and IPL treatment for vascular lesions and thread veins? 

Various types of vascular lesions such as telangiectasias, thread veins, spider naevi, port wine stains and rosacea can appear on the skinned may develop with age. 

Laser and IPL technologies can treat vascular lesions on the face and body by using to target hemoglobin found in blood vessels and capillaries.

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What does laser and IPL treatment for thread veins involve? 

Lasers and IPL can be used to quickly and effectively remove thread veins non-invasively. It can take up to five sessions to fully treat unwanted veins.

Thread veins caused by dilated and enlarged blood vessels can appear on the legs, body and face. Not to be confused with larger varicose veins thread veins which are lumpy and bulge out of the skin. 

Thread veins "spider veins" can appear as a cluster with different branches coming out of a central point, like the legs of a spider, they are usually red, purple or blue in colour. 

Veins can appear slightly more prominent after treatment but there are no other associated side effects and you can return to normal activities immediately. 

What does laser and IPL treatment for rosacea and acne rosacea involve?

IPL and laser light can be used to destroy the visible blood vessels, which make the skin appear red. These vessels are then reabsorbed into the body.  Laser and IPL also stimulates new collagen production which is thought to have a benefit for those suffering from rosacea. 

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterised by skin redness and broken capillaries. It is most common on the cheeks, nose and chin. Acne rosacea is rosacea accompanied by small red spots or bumps. Some people suffer from “persistent” rosacea which means it is continually present, while others suffer from a form known as “transient” which means it comes and goes. 

There are many factors that can trigger or contribute to rosacea. These include, but are not limited to, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, stress, sun exposure and certain foods such as dairy and spicy food.

Noticeable improvements can be made with this treatment however it is important to remember that as rosacea is a recurring condition, irregular treatments may be required in order to keep it under control it, but it is not a cure.

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re laser and IPL treatment for vascular lesions safe and is there any recovery time?

Laser and IPL treatments are generally very safe in the right hands. 

Side effects can including burning or blistering of skin as well as pigmentation irregularities. This is why it is very important to have a consultation to assess your suitability for treatment. 

You may experience some redness, heat or mild swelling in the area that has been treated immediately after laser or IPL treatment, however, this usually only lasts for a couple of hours. 

Your skin can become photosensitive after laser and IPL treatment so it is important to avoid the sun and wear and SPF of at least 30 during your course of treatment and for at least four weeks after. 

Other contraindications for treatment may include: 

  • Pregnancy and breast feeding
  • History of diabetes or immune suppression
  • History of skin cancer or keloid scarring
  • Recent or planned sun exposure/tanning within four weeks
  • Concurrent use of photosensitising drugs