Broken Capillaries and Vessels

Facial red veins, spider veins or telangiectasia are tiny blood vessels (capillaries) which run close to the skin’s surface. They look like thin red or occasionally purple or blue threads that often occur around the nose, across the cheeks and chin. The resulting red, web-shaped appearance gives them their common name, spider veins. Vascular lesions emerge when the blood vessels become enlarged which causes the veins to appear broken.

At Buff and Bare, we offer a targeted solution for the clearance of red veins

Red veins are caused by overexposure to the sun, drastic changes in weather, changes in pressure, excessive alcohol consumption, environmental irritants, rosacea, hormonal changes, or simply genetics. Depending on the type of vessel we may choose to treat with advanced medical-grade IPL or utilise Nd: YAG. Following a thorough consultation, we will choose the best technology for your treatment.

Key Facts:

  • Spider veins can occur even if you’re young
  • The most typical cause of unwanted facial veins is the normal thinning of skin that comes with age.
  • Women are more commonly affected than men
  • Heredity and genetics are a common cause of facial veins

To provide the safest and most clinically effective treatments, we use a state of the art Laser and Intense Pulse Light system (IPL) called Lynton Lumina. The Lynton LUMINA enables us to treat over 10 different aesthetic concerns, including hair removal for skin types 1-6. Used by NHS and private hospitals across the UK, the Lumina provides the very best in clinical results, speed of treatment, and client comfort for safe and effective treatments.

Our advanced handpieces allow us to customise treatment options for patients with different skin types, tones and concerns. The LUMINA primarily utilises two medical grade IPL wavelenghths to deliver DynamicReflex technology to combat of skin concerns. DynamicReflex Technology, was developed by Lynton through many years of PhD research and 25 years of British manufacturing expertise. With DynamicReflex Technology we can achieve above and beyond the expected results of difficult skin conditions with superior high energy pulses.

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 Campbell de Morgan spots, can be treated very 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 moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. During treatment, protective eyewear will be provided.

Treatment is suitable for most people. 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 actually quite quick. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very quick hot pin prick.
After treatment the area may feel warm for a few hours. Rarely, some delicate skin areas such as the cheeks or décolleté can be red and slightly swollen for up to 48 hours. Though very rare, there is a chance a small blister may form and there could be temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.
Treatments typically take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and size of lesion.
Typically 3 to 5 treatments are needed for optimum results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session. Repeat treatments are spaced every 4 to 6 weeks.
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.