Known professionally as Telangiectasia, red veins are commonly referred to as broken veins, dilated capillaries, thread veins or naevi.
They are often found on the face and legs although can appear on the chest and rib area- front and back. The appearance is that of a very fine network of red wavy lines that lie at very close to the surface of the skin. They may appear in clusters or individually, some being darker than others. A cluster of the red lines or capillaries can take on the appearance of a spider therefore are often referred to as spider naevi. The condition will differ from person to person. it can be a minor as one capillary in an isolated area or as extreme as capillaries scattered across a larger area. Where there is normally a scattering of broken capillaries it is generally found that the skin is fairly sensitive and will flush easily.
The treatment consists of a minute pre-packaged sterilised disposable needle that is applied lightly to the surface of the capillary. The low current employed in this treatment is that used in electrical epilation. This current produces a heating effect and when applied to the capillary the structure and its contents coagulate (dry up). The skin then needs to heal allowing the dead skin cells that where involved in this process to push up to the surface of the skin and flake off, (similar to the healing of a small abrasion (the size of a pin prick).
The treatment of warts, skin coloured moles, skin tags, milia (white heads) and birthmarks follows the same pattern as that for red veins. Only smaller birthmarks can be treated, anything extensive would need to be referred to a dermatologist.
Clients will need to give a full case history of their skin and any illnesses. This is important to enable the therapist to assess the sensitivity of the skin and adapt the treatment accordingly. Most therapists will expect to give a skin test especially prior to the first treatment, this will ensure the skin reaction can be observed and lets clients know how the treatment feels.
Therapists who offer this treatment should have received specialist professional training.
Q. If I have these capillaries treated will they come back?
A. Once a capillary has been successfully treated (this may take a couple of treatments) it should not return. However it important to realise that should your skin be prone to the formation of these capillaries others may appear after a time. Preventative measures can be taken to try to avoid this.
Q. I have heard that the skin may be scarred from this treatment, is this true?
A. If the skin is over treated there may be a risk of some skin trauma. However as these capillaries lie superficially in the skin it will take a lot of extra current to cause this trauma especially as the capillaries dry up under very little heat (low current). Always ensure you are dealing with a qualified Therapist prior to your treatment to give you confidence.
Q. How many treatments will it take to remove these capillaries?
A. This will 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 area being treated This is discussed at the initial consultation and you will be advised accordingly.
Q. Is this treatment successful?
A. Yes on superficial capillaries. Deeper capillaries will not respond to this treatment. The treatment is also very successful on warts, skin tags and milia. Smaller birthmarks can be treated with success and small skin coloured moles.