Red Vein Removal

Red Vein Removal - A New You - Carlow


Intense Pulse Light offers a breakthrough for thread veins and permanent red flushing, as it can effectively and quickly remove veins that are too small for other removal techniques. Laser treatment can be used to remove deeper, thicker veins that can appear around the nose or on the legs.


How does the treatment work?

The intense pulsed light and laser system releases precisely controlled short pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by the blood vessel, heating it to a point where it is destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels clear quickly and are re-absorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.


Which types of veins can be treated?

Most red skin lesions including facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevi, port wind stains and leg veins up to 3mm diameter.


How is the treatment carried out?

You will be asked to wear goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin and a short pulse is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area cooled.


Am I suitable for treatment?

The fairer the skin, the easier the treatment. The best response is seen with small thread veins, spider naevi and rosacea. If there are any areas of broken skin, treatment has to be delayed until the area has completely healed.


How does the treatment feel?

No anaesthesia is required and most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very quick hot pin prick.


Is it safe?

After treatment, the area may feel warm for a few hours. Rarely, some delicate skin areas such as the cheeks could be red and slightly swollen for up to 48 hours. The vessels should fade quickly. Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form.


How long does each treatment take?

Treatments typically take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and size of lesion.


How many treatments are necessary?

Typically 1 -5 treatments are needed maximum results, spaced approximately every 4 – 6 weeks.


Consultation procedure

Prior to any treatment, the qualified specialist will provide a full consultation. This will identify your expectations and provide a complete explanation of the treatment.


A medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment and if you wish to proceed, a written informed consent is obtained and a test patch is performed to confirm there are no adverse skin reactions to the light.