IPL spider vein treatment for small veins and facial redness
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is similar to a laser treatment which removes thread veins, spider veins, blood vessels, broken vessels and facial redness with the help of heat energy.
IPL spider vein treatment is most common on the face, but is also performed on the legs and other body parts.
An IPL machine can be simply described as a flash lamp. Above the lamp, you put a filter that gives the light a certain colour. The flash lamp is placed against the skin and wavelenghts of light is emitted. The light penetrates the skin and hits the darker pigmentation of the blood vessels. A heat is generated and burns the walls of vessels. The unactive vessel eventually fades away.
In addition to the IPL treatment, there are also other flash lamps that are used for treatment of superficial veins. An example of such is the FPL (Fluorescent Pulsed Light). In practice, these treatments are pretty much the same kind.
The difference between laser and IPL for spider vein treatment
Both laser and IPL is light. The difference is that laser consists of a single kind of concentrated light while IPL consits of several types of light. This allows the laser to be used with greater precision and power.
When treating very small and superficial veins, it can be sufficient with the effect that an IPL machine offers. Therefore, very thin and small blood vessel that are superficially located or facial redness such as the nose or rosacea should be treated.
For treatment of some larger blood vessels where you can see the blood vessel path in the skin, laser is more effective than IPL. The two techniques are often used in combination where the laser treates the larger vessels, while IPL takes care of the remaining small spider veins and redness.
How the IPL spider vein treatment is performed
IPL treatments of superficial thread veins, spider veins and facial redness is performed at both salons and clinics. A spider vein treatment normally consists of 2-5 sessions performed every few months.
During the treatment, the machine fires pulses of intense pulsed light against the skin where the blood vessels are located. When the light hits the skin, it causes a burn. Some patients may experience the treatment as painful. Each treatment takes about 15-45 minutes and you can return to your normal acitivites immediately after the treatment.
The lighter the skin, the better effect
The ideal candidate for IPL spider vein treatment is people with light skin. Since flashes of light passes well through light skin, it is therefore important not to be tanned when being treated.
Dark skin can’t be treated with IPL, since the flashes o light is absorbed by the skin instead of the blood vessel. This gives a bad effect of the treatment and a risk of burns to the skin if a higher frequency is used.
Potential risks and side effects of IPL thread vein treatment
An IPL treatment causes a sort of controlled burn in the blood vessels. A common side effect of such conditions include pain and discomfort, swelling, redness and blistering. These conditions occur in varying degrees after blood vessel removal with IPL, but goes away usually after a few days.
Pigmentation changes can occur as darker or lighter in parts of the treated area . These usually disappear within a few months, but may in exceptional cases persist. Scars may also occur in the skin.
The side effects of an IPL treatment that are described above is often depends to the different levels of light energy that is used. Therefore, by choosing an experienced practitioner, you can participate and reduce the risk of side effects and discomfort after your IPL treatment.
Cost of thread vein removal with IPL
The price for an IPL treatment depends on the severity of the thread vein and how many treatments will be required. Normally, 3-6 sessions are needed.
A treatment of a smaller area such as superficial veins on the nose costs about £50 per session. A larger area for an example, full cheeks costs about £100. The total cost is about 400-800. The total cost of your treatments is about £300-600 for six sessions.