Red Veins, Rosacea & More
"I have gained so much confidence, my rosacea is finally under control."
Mr Murphy, Houghton Regis
Red Veins - Rosacea - Spider Naevi - Campbell de Morgan Spots - Poikiloderma of Civatte - Port Wine Stains
Both IPL and laser systems emit light which is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to a point where they are destroyed. Most facial vessels respond well to IPL, whereas leg veins are often treated with laser, mainly due to the depth of the vessels.
A thin layer of cool gel is applied to the skin to aid the light absorption by the vessel. The light applicator is then placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. Most small vessels, spider naevi and Campbell de Morgan spots take just one or two "shots", whereas rosacea, quite severe thread veins, Poikiloderma of Civatte or Port Wine Stains require multiple shots and treatments, and improve progressively.
At TLC we have a choice of wavelengths, so the correct wavelength will be selected according to vessel depth, width and location. Prices start from £55 for a single lesion and some may be literally "gone in a flash!"
Where rosacea is a concern, this usually requires a course of three to six sessions monthly and may be combined with Dermalux LED. It may also require some future maintenance but a full personal treatment plan would be devised during your consultation.
After treatment, the skin may be reddened and feel warm for a few hours but this usually settles uneventfully. Sometimes, swelling of the cheek area can be experienced and again, this settles within a few days and there can be the (rare) risk of a blister. Treatment is considered mildly uncomfortable but most tolerate it well. We have a cooling device which can help make treatments more comfortable and reduce any possible negative side effects.
A full consultation and patch test are carried out prior to treatment. Please be aware that we can't treat suntanned skin.