Thread Vein Treatment

If you have spent a lot of time in the sun over a number of years – especially without a good sunscreen, chances are you have thread veins on your face.

Many people prefer to cover these up, and tend to wear more make-up than they otherwise would as a result.

But there is another solution. At Beauty Defined, we use our SWT Laser solutions (IPL) machine to help improve affected skin, offering an effective thread vein treatment.

Short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (called I2PL technology by Ellipse, but often referred to as a laser) are directed at the skin. The system filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by haemoglobin in the blood in your problem vessels. The light is converted to heat, which destroys the protein in the wall of the thread vein, causing the veins to gradually, disappear after treatment. To ensure the best light transmission, a thin layer of gel (like that used in ultrasound examinations) is applied to your skin before treatment. 

Which thread veins can be treated?

The most common treatments are for superficial veins in the face. Treatments are most efficient in patients with light skin who are not suntanned at the time of the treatment. If your skin is less tanned, the contrast between the blood vessels and background colour of the skin is greater, making treatment easier. However, Ellipse has pre-programmed settings for different skin types that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion.

How long does an Ellipse treatment take?

Several vessels can be targeted in one flash of light. The treatment time depends on the area to be covered and the number of distinct vessels to be treated. A single session typically lasts 10-20 minutes.