IPL Treatment for Thread Veins on the Face
or PhotoDerm is an intense pulsed white light
used for treating small thread veins on the
face. The blood temperature is elevated high
enough to cause its coagulation without damaging
the skin and surrounding tissue. The light
passes through the upper layers of the skin
and is absorbed by the haemoglobin in the blood
where it is immediately converted into heat.
This causes the blood to become thickened,
thus sticking the walls of the vein together.
The damaged vessels are then absorbed by the
body gradually fading away.
PhotoDerm has been designed to provide flexibility in choosing the wavelength,
pulse duration and energy levels according to the size and depth of the blood
vessels and skin colour. In this way the maximum heat is delivered to the blood
vessels with minimum damage to the skin tissues. Treatment cannot be undertaken
if a suntan is present and is not suitable for people with dark skins. Strong
sun exposure should be avoided for two weeks prior and after treatment sessions.
rectangular light guide with the appropriate
filter is place just above the skin and the
light is fired through cold coupling gel which
allows uniform delivery through the air to
the skin. The flash is very bright and despite
the dark glasses given it is advisable to keep
eyes shut. The treatment feels like hot fat
spit or the ping of an elastic band. There
is slightly more discomfort on the cheek areas
close to the nose.
treatment the areas treated become reddened
and there is a feeling of sunburn for a couple
of hours. On occasion it is possible to produce
a bruise if one of the smaller veins ruptures
but parameters can be altered to stop this
recurring. This will fade as with normal bruising.
There is a slight possibility of a blister
forming but it is very superficial and will
heal with no scarring. Local swelling of the
face is a possibility but this subsides spontaneously
within a few days. Ice packs can be applied
to reduce swelling and soothe the thermal affect.
Make-up can be applied immediately post treatment.
is a very successful way of eradicating facial
veins and reducing redness. Three or four sessions
are usually required at three week intervals.
If a good moisturiser and strong sun block
are applied whenever exposed to sunshine (including
day to day activities, not only when sunbathing)
then the likelihood of recurrence is greatly
All these treatments! Which is the one for
Philip Coleridge Smith DM FRCS
Reader in Surgery, UCL Medical School, London .
Consultant Vascular Surgeon – BVI Medical
The West London Vein Clinic: 0870 609 2389