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Red veins (telangiectasia) are commonly referred to as broken veins, dilated capillaries, thread veins or naevi. They are mostly found on the face and legs although they can also appear on the chest and upper back.
They appear as a very fine network of red wavy lines that lie very close to the surface of the skin.
They may appear in clusters or individually, and some may be darker than others. A cluster of the red lines or capillaries can take on the appearance of a spider and they are often referred to as spider naevi for this reason.
This condition differs in individuals. It can be as minor as one capillary in an isolated area, or as extreme as multiple capillaries scattered across a larger area.
FAQs ABOUT RED VEIN TREATMENT
How does the treatment work?
The treatment consists of a pre-packaged sterilised disposable needle that is applied lightly to the surface of the capillary. A low current is employed in this treatment. This is the same low current that is used in electrical epilation. This current produces a heating effect. When applied to the capillary, the structure and its contents coagulate (dry up).
The skin then needs to heal by allowing the dead skin cells that were involved in this process to push up to the surface of the skin and flake off. This is similar to the healing of a small abrasion the size of a pinprick.
Will the capillaries return once treated?
Once a capillary has been successfully treated (this may take a couple of treatments) it should not return. However, it's important to realise that should your skin be prone to the formation of these capillaries, others may appear after time.
Is it true the skin could be scarred from treatment?
If the skin is excessively overtreated there is a risk of some skin trauma. However, this is highly unlikely for the following reason. These capillaries lie superficially in the skin. They dry up under very little heat (low current). It would take significant extra current to cause this trauma.
How many treatments will it take to remove these capillaries?
This will entirely depend upon the individual. It can range from two treatments to ten, depending on the extent of the condition, how the skin heals, and the size of the area being treated. All of this is discussed at the initial consultation and you will be advised accordingly.
Is this treatment successful?
Yes, on superficial capillaries. The treatment is also very successful on smaller skin tags and milia, and smaller birthmarks.
Deeper capillaries will not respond to this treatment.
Does the treatment work on skin tags?
Sometimes - on small skin tags. The treatment consists of a minute pre-packaged sterilized disposable needle that is applied lightly to the skin tag. A low current is employed in this treatment. This is the same low current used in electrical epilation.
This current produces a heating effect and when applied to the skin tag structure and its contents, it coagulates (dries up). The skin then needs to heal allowing the dead skin cells that were involved in this process to push up to the surface of the skin and flake off. This is similar to the healing of a small abrasion the size of a pinprick.