What are thread veins and why do they develop?
Sometimes called spider veins, broken veins or telangiectasia, they appear as red or blue veins mainly on the face, legs or decolletage and, with time, all become more visible. There is now a comfortable and successful treatment for removing veins with the Polaris laser system. Some people are genetically prone to developing thread veins whereas others are more at risk from injuries or exposure to extreme temperatures. Hormonal changes during pregnancy or due to the contraceptive pill and HRT can also increase the likelihood of forming these veins.
How does it work?
We use the Nd YAG laser system, which has a specific wavelength of 1064 nm neodymium, with a 4mm handpiece and variable settings depending on the area being treated. The laser delivers pulses of energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, the vessel blanches and is eventually reabsorbed by the body.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on the severity of the problem but treatments would be planned at eight week intervals. Some areas may require only one treatment whilst others may need up to three. This will be estimated at your consultation.
The area to be treated should be free from make-up, perfume and body or face creams. It is a pre-condition that there should be no active tan. The use of sunbeds, or exposure to strong sunlight must be avoided for three weeks
prior to treatment. Suntans must be left to fade before treatment can start. Fake tan must not be applied for two weeks prior to treatment. Ensure that you will not be exposed to the sun or sun beds within six weeks of treatment.
We reserve the right to charge for any appointment booked but abandoned due to active sun tan/self tan. A medical history and your consent is taken before treatment can commence but we rely on you to inform us of any changes to this. We need to know of any medication you are taking including those bought from a chemist or
Please make sure that you arrive in good time for your appointment; this will allow us to pre-cool the skin if this should be required.
Post Treatment Advice
There may be slight redness at the treatment site which should normally disappear within a few days. There may be temporary darkening of the veins or bruising to the site. This is normal and will resolve in time.
You should apply Aloe Vera gel at least three times per day and more often if possible. This will help the area to settle. Care should be taken with the treatment area for four to five days afterwards.
Avoid strenuous activities which may cause trauma. If blistering occurs keep the area clean and dry. Do not deliberately burst the blisters. A dry dressing may be applied if required. Accidental or deliberate removal of scabs may result in indentation of the skin.
Take cool showers rather than hot baths. The skin should be patted dry, not rubbed.
Exposure to sun or sun beds, or the use of self tanning products must be avoided for six weeks after treatment. Use a sunscreen (the best, broad spectrum type available can be purchased from the salon) and protect the area from sunlight. Failure to do this may lead to sunburn and hyperpigmentation of the treated area.
If the skin is not sore or broken makeup can be applied after 24 hours. However, we advise caution if the area is sensitive or dry. Remove makeup carefully as rubbing the skin may cause irritation or infection.
Avoid oils, perfumed products, AHA’s, chemical products and swimming for five days. It can take up to two months for the final results to be appreciated, during which time a constant improvement will be noticed. Any remaining veins after this period of time will require further treatment but this can only be carried out after two months. Call the salon immediately if you are concerned in any way about the treated area especially if you think that the area may have become infected.
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