Thread vein treatment explained

Posted on 21 Sep, 2011

Thread vein removal is a relatively easy and quick procedure, particularly when using AIPL. Advanced Intense Pulsed Light therapy uses the light energy to eliminate the dilated blood vessels. But how does it do it and what should you expect from a session or course of treatment? Explanations below:

Cold gel is put on the skin in order to ensure good contact between the skin and the device. It also has a cooling effect on the skin during the treatment.

The Sapphire crystal waveguide is then applied to the skin and this emits pulses of light, which will be seen as flashes. This intense light energy is absorbed by the haemoglobin present in the spider blood vessels. The energy causes the temperature of the blood to rise, until the point where the heat denatures and destroys the vessel wall. The vein will then collapse and dissolve, leaving you with no more vessels visible on the surface of the skin.

During this process, you are likely to feel no more than a sensation similar to the snapping of an elastic band against the skin. The way the treatment works means that the skin above and around the thread vein will not be damaged during the procedure. It is also very fast, needing only 20 minutes to treat a whole face.