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Facial Veins

Facial thread veins or broken veins (telangiectasia) are small unsightly superficial red, purple or blue veins that usually occur around the nose but can spread out onto the cheeks. Thread veins occur when the vein dilates and becomes large enough to be visible through the transparency of the skin. These unsightly dilated blood vessels are seen almost exclusively in patients with fair skin.

They are caused by a variety of factors including exposure to sunlight, wind and the extremes of temperature. The over use of steroid creams and certain auto immune conditions may also induce thread veins. Sometimes they may be hereditary. Often the exact cause is unknown.

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Facial vessels are most effectively treated by laser and often several different laser systems are used in combination.

Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic offers the complete range of vascular laser and light technologies to ensure the optimal results.

  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 540-950nm for the treatment of superficial diffuse redness and smaller blood vessels
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 570-950nm for the treatment of deeper diffuse redness and smaller blood vessels
  • Pulse Dye Laser (PDL) 585nm for the treatment of stubborn diffuse redness that fails to respond to ILP
  • KTP 532nm LP Laser for the treatment of larger bright red discrete blood vessels
  • Nd Yag 1064nm LP Laser for the treatment of larger purple/blue discrete blood vessels

Why choose us?

Because we offer an extensive range of vascular lasers we can truly recommend the system that is best suited to your facial veins and skin type. Whichever system we recommend, you can be assured that we are not using it because it is all we have to offer but because it is the best choice for you.

Our treatments are delivered with forced cold air skin cooling reducing discomfort and skin damage.

We have delivered over 15,000 successful facial vein procedures over a 20-year period.

We are a CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered clinic that is regularly inspected and assessed by government. This is the best indicator available that the clinic is trustworthy.

The safe and effective use of these high powered lasers is complex and often taxing for the most experienced laser physician.

All procedures at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners. To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, staff at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

How does the treatment work?

Lasers emit high energy at a specific wavelength (or colour) in a single beam. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is broadband light and delivers hundreds of wavelengths (or colours) in a single discharge. Both lasers and IPL are able to specifically target blood (haemoglobin) in the skin without damaging surrounding tissues. The light energy is absorbed by blood inside the veins, heating up the vessel wall, which collapses and then dissolves. Whereas lasers are able to deliver focused pulses of energy to individual larger blood vessels, IPL is more suitable for large areas of diffuse redness or fine ‘blushes’ of vessels.

Which laser and IPL systems do we use?

  • Cambridge Skin and Laser Clinic offer the complete range of laser systems to ensure optimal removal of unwanted facial veins
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 540-950nm for the treatment of superficial diffuse redness and smaller blood vessels
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) 570-950nm for the treatment of deeper diffuse redness and smaller blood vessels
  • Pulse Dye Laser (PDL) 585nm for the treatment of stubborn diffuse redness that fails to respond to ILP
  • KTP 532nm LP Laser for the treatment of larger bright red discrete blood vessels
  • Nd Yag 1064nm LP Laser for the treatment of larger purple/blue discrete blood vessels

What does the treatment feel like?

The energy is delivered in very short flashes of light called pulses. As the laser light impacts onto the skin’s surface the sensation is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. The procedure produces only mild discomfort and usually normal activities can be resumed immediately.

Are there any side effects?

In rare cases redness and irritation of the treated area may occur (like sunburn). There is also a small risk of pigment change following treatment. A small minority of patients develop bruising and blistering. This settles within a few days.

Who performs the treatment?

Our expert medical team has in excess of 20 years laser experience and have completed more than 100,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners.

To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, staff at Cambridge Skin and Laser Clinic are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

How many treatments are needed?

A series of 2 to 4 treatments is recommended at monthly intervals for facial veins.

Is laser treatment safe?

There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest laser treatment can lead to skin disorders or increase the risk of skin cancer. We are a CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered clinic that is regularly inspected and assessed by government. This is the best indicator available that the clinic is trustworthy.

Our lasers are cleared by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and have full CE clearance for Europe.

The following discussion is intended to explain the differences between facial vein treatments offered on every street corner and treatment provided by medical specialists from a designated laser suite.

Why choose us?

The expert treatment of facial veins requires a skilled operator who is able to safely alter the following laser parameters

  • Wavelength (colour of light)
  • Pulse Width (shutter speed)
  • Spot size (measured usually in mm)
  • Fluence (power)

The appropriate selection ensures optimal destruction of target blood vessels without collateral damage to the surrounding skin.

Laser Wavelength

The optimal treatment of facial veins involves the use of laser and light technologies to target haemoglobin within blood vessels situated at multiple depths. In general, the longer the wavelength the deeper the laser penetration.

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  • Superficial diffuse redness and very fine blood vessels are treated using 2 high-powered Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices with filters set within both superficial green (540 -950nm) and deeper yellow spectrum (570 -950nm)
  • Deeper larger discrete blood vessels are removed using either the KTP 532nm LP laser for bright red (oxygenated) vessels or Nd Yag 1064nm LP laser for purple/blue (de-oxygenated) vessels.
  • Stubborn areas of diffuse redness that fail to respond to IPL are treated using the Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) 585nm either in purpuric (bruising) or non- purpuric (non-bruising) modes.

Multiple laser wavelengths also enable the safe treatment of most skin types. Light-skinned individuals respond well to the KTP 532nm LP laser whilst darker-skinned individuals respond to the Nd Yag 1064nm laser. At Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic we utilize numerous laser wavelengths to achieve superior results.

Pulse Width

By selecting a pulse width that is less than the thermal relaxation time (the time required for an object to cool to half the temperature) of the blood vessel, the blood vessel can be selectively coagulated without damaging the surrounding skin.
This is important because thin structures such as fine blood vessels are unable to ‘hold’ heat and short pulse widths (10ms) are needed to ensure vessel closure and destruction. Larger blood vessels heat more slowly and require much longer pulse widths (30ms -40ms)

For optimal results, multiple pulse widths are required to close and destroy blood vessels of different diameters.

Spot Size

Intense Pulse Light devices have large light guides or footplates (often measuring 5-6 cm2) enabling both the rapid treatment of large areas of diffuse redness, and destruction of very fine superficial blood vessels (measuring less than 0.5mm in diameter) Lasers have small spot sizes (usually measuring mm in diameter) enabling the targeting of larger specific blood vessels (measuring greater than 0.5mm in diameter) Ideally spot size should equate to vessel diameter so often multiple spot sizes are required to optimally treat varying vessel diameters.

Fluence (power)

Successful closure and hence destruction of blood vessels necessitates heating the blood within the vessel to at least 70 degrees C . The resulting thermally injury to the blood vessel wall stimulates an inflammatory reaction and reabsorption of the damaged structure. If too little energy is applied, the target blood vessel will heat but not reach destructive temperatures. If too much energy is applied, excess energy will dissipate beyond the target and destroy adjacent structures. Effective treatment hence necessitates high quality lasers that can safely deliver large amounts of energy to the target blood vessel without collateral damage to the surrounding skin.

All vascular treatments at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are delivered utilizing protective skin cooling using forced cold air to ensure any unwanted heat transferred to the skin is quickly removed. The use of laser and light technologies with variable wavelengths, variable pulse durations, variable spot sizes and variable fluences enable the laser operator to take advantages of each systems strengths but not be restricted by its weaknesses.

High quality lasers must be accompanied by skilled laser operators for superior results. Our expert medical team has in excess of 20 years laser experience and have completed more than 100,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands.

All procedures at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners.

The initial consultation is free of charge with no obligation to undergo treatment. Costs vary depending on the area treated.

PRICE PER SESSION: Facial vein treatment
IPL 540-950nm / IPL 570-950nm From £125
Nd Yag 1064nm From £150
KTP 532nm From £150

Please Note: Prices quoted are per session and are an approximate guide only. If you require a more accurate pricing prior to consultation, please contact us directly.

Although laser treatment may seem expensive, one must bear in mind the enormous acquisition and maintenance costs of the laser devices.

I have just completed treatment for broken veins on my face, I have to say yes I was nervous and worried that treatment would hurt, my fears were unfounded, the results fantastic, after 2 short treatments my broken veins have gone and I am looking forward to bearing my face on holiday – without make up!!!

To anyone thinking should I? Shouldn’t I? Go for it, its well worth it, it has given me a real boost.

Anna, St Ives

I have received a number of treatments to include a full session of acne laser treatments, IPL on my face for redness and three RF treatments on my stomach. The procedure did not require a lengthy amount of time and they are relatively painless, and easy to tolerate. I am very pleased with the results of the procedures.

There are no miracles and it takes time, Dr Holt is a knowledgeable doctor who really works with his patients and he is someone I trust. He was able to determine the best treatment for my needs and recommended ways to approach the desired resolve. I extend my thanks to both Dr Holt and CSL who have helped me a tremendous amount.

NS

Just a quick note to say what a huge improvement my treatment at CSL has made not only to my skin, which after two treatments looked much clearer and less red and \"angry\". The treatments have also boosted my self confidence and self esteem. So thank you. Best wishes.

Anon
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