Lasers produce a high-intensity ray of pure light which gives off heat energy. This energy is absorbed by different body tissues, depending on the type of laser beam. That’s why laser light can pass safely through the skin, and destroy targeted cells under the surface without harming surrounding areas. For red veins, the laser beam homes in on the tiny blood-filled vessels beneath the skin.
Nd:YAG, KTP Nd:YAG laser and IPL allow us to provide you with a complete spectrum for treating vascular and pigmented lesions.
What can laser vein and skin pigmented treatments do?
Laser vein treatment can be used for a range of skin problems to do with veins and skin pigment, including:
- Spider veins
- Age spots
- Port wine stains
- Permanent red rashes (Rosacea)
- Stretch marks
What laser vein treatment can’t do
Not all marks will disappear completely with laser vein treatment, but there should be a noticeable reduction. Success depends on an experienced operator using the right type of laser machine for your particular condition. As part of our consultation process we will be able to assess the likely success of laser vein treatment. If we don’t think it will get the results you’ll be happy with, we won’t start any treatment.
What happens during laser vein treatment?
You will be given goggles to wear to protect your eyes. When the shots of laser light are given, some people feel a burning or stinging sensation, similar to an elastic band being snapped on to the skin. The number of repeat treatments varies according to the type of problem being treated. Red veins usually need three laser vein treatments, spread over several weeks.
The area might be reddened and feel hot after treatment, but this will quickly fade, and you can return to normal daily life immediately.
Results emerge gradually over a series of laser treatments. The effect is not always permanent as veins can reappear depending on environmental conditions.
- Skin might look discoloured or scaly after treatment, but this should gradually fade.
- There’s a very low risk of permanent changes to skin colour or minor scarring.
- People with light sensitivity, or who have a cold sore or other skin infection near the treatment area, cannot be treated.
- Laser vein treatment is not suitable for dark complexions or sun-tanned skin.
- You should not have laser vein treatment if you have been treated for acne with Isotretinoin in the previous year.
Call 020 8653 5646 to book your consultation or treatment
You can book an appointment for a consultation and test patch by calling 020 8653 5646.