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Laser Thread Vein Removal

What are Thread Veins?

Men and women alike sometimes feel that small red veins on the face and legs are cosmetically unattractive, even if they are not a major medical problem. They may arise as a result of skin disease, hormonal changes or even if the skin is sun damaged. Also genetically some people are more prone to develop thread veins than others.

Traditional methods of treatment include:electrodessication, sclerotherapy, and dermabrasion but results from these methods have proven to be uncomfortable and rarely produce complete clearance of the blood vessels. There are also potential side effects such as bruising, hyper-pigmentation or scarring.

How it works

Lasers work by producing light of a very pure wavelength. If the wavelength of a laser is matched to a target colour (such as the red of blood or the vessel wall), the energy of the laser is absorbed specifically by the target and not by the surrounding tissue.

The laser delivers a series of focused energy pulses generating heat for very short periods of time; this closes down the thread veins without perforation. The collapsed veins are gradually dissolved and removed by the body's immune system over several weeks after treatment.

The number of treatments needed will depend on the site and the extent of the affected area and will be estimated at your consultation. One treatment is sometimes sufficient but if not, treatments are usually planned at six-eight week intervals.

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