Telangiectasias or thread veins or spider veins are usually small dilated boold vessels near the surface of the skin, measuring between 0.5 to 1mm in diameter. Although they can develop anywhere on the body they are more commonly seen on the face, cheeks, nose and chin. These are not regarded as a serious medical condition but their appearance on exposed areas makes the sufferer feel self-conscious about them.
Again the principle of Hair reduction IPL treatment can make the appearance of this condition less visable. A course of treatments is recommended, typically four to six treatments administered at approximately four week intervals.
Post-treatment care is of the utmost importance to you and us.
Because the treatment puts light energy into the skin it is important to say not to do anything that will add to the sensation of heat or irritate the area, so we would offer the following post-treatment advice to our clients:
- To cool the area with soothing gels, damp cotton pads or aloe vera if the hot sensation or feeling of warmth remains after treatment.
- To avoid sun exposure in the treatment area and to always wear a high factor sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher) after and between treatments.
- To stop using sun beds and fake tanning products in the treatment area.
- To stop waxing or plucking hairs in the treatment area.
- To avoid hot baths, strong deodorants, heavily chlorinated swimming pools or vigorous exercise for 12 –24 hours and not to use make-up in the treatment area for as long as can be avoided. After a treatment these things can irritate the skin and increase the sensation of heat and discomfort.
- To contact your therapist if they experience excessive blistering, crusting or swelling in the treatment area.
- To contact your therapist if your medical circumstances change.
Possible adverse reactions to treatments
Adverse reactions to treatment can include:
- Excessive redness of the skin (erythema)
- Excessive localised swelling (perifollicular oedema)
- Excessive urticarial reactions
- Long term complications such as hyper or hypo pigmentation – tanned skin being at greater risk of pigmentary changes
- Scarring – which is rare – but clients must still be warned of the risks.
In the majority of cases, adverse reactions are short lived and do resolve themselves.