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Light energy is applied to the skin where it is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to a point where they are destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels quickly clear as they are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.
Most red skin lesions, including facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevi, and port wine stains. All of these can be treated successfully. Depending on the lesions, leg vessels can also respond well to treatment.
The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the next area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. During treatment, protective eye wear will be provided.
Treatment is suitable for most people. The best results are obtained for those with fair skin, and there is less chance of side effects.
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anaesthesia and the procedure is quite quick. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very quick hot pin prick.
Treatments typically take from 15-45 minutes, depending on the type and size of lesion.
After treatment the area may feel warm for a few hours. Rarely, some delicate skin areas such as cheeks or décolleté can be red and slightly swollen for up to 48 hours. Though very rare, there is a small chance that a blister may form and there could be temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
Typically 3-5 treatments are needed for optimum results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session. Repeat treatments are spaced every 4-6 weeks.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out.