IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)/Laser for Red Veins

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy uses a non-laser high-intensity fount of light to treat spider veins, as well as a variety of other skin problems. IPL treats spider veins by heating & destroying the walls of the blood vessel.

This makes them collapse & disappear over time. IPL is very effective on small veins that are close to the surface of the skin.

Red veins/ thread veins

These are little blood vessels that travel close to the surface of the skin & look like fine red, or somewhat purple, wiggly lines.

They’re also called ‘spider veins’ or ‘broken veins’, although the veins aren’t in broken but only slightly enlarged. The medical term for them is telangiectasia. They can be on the face or on the legs.

IPL Laser for Red Veins

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cause of thread veins?

Usually, there’s no apparent cause. Thread veins tend to develop as we age, and our skin and blood vessels become less elastic. Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and menopause are thought to provoke their development – the reason why women are more prone to them than men.

You can also be more prone to them by your genetic composition. Other causes include too much sunbathing, exposure to wind or extreme temperatures, corticosteroid medicines, and radiotherapy. Jobs that require prolonged standing may worsen the condition, but they don’t truly cause it.

How are red veins treated at the skin nurse clinic on the face?

A combination of laser therapy and electrolysis can work brilliantly for this treatment. Laser /ipl therapy uses brief pulses of laser light to destroy smaller blood vessels. Several types of laser are used. A pulsed dye laser is best for thin red veins that are close to the skin’s surface.

Often thread veins on the face are part of a status known as rosacea, & additionally, medication may be required to control the problem.

Is red veins treatment painful?

The sensation of a laser is typically depicted as similar to a rubber band pinging against your skin. A local anaesthetic cream can be used if you wish.

Are there any after side effects with red vein treatment?

Before the treatment all possible side effects, and complications are discussed. The veins can look a little darker and sometimes there is a risk of bruising which will heal.

How many treatments are needed?


3 to 4 sessions initially depending on how many veins there are. it is a good idea to get maintenance treatments, to keep them suppressed.


If you would like to speak to someone about this or any of our other treatments, feel free to get in touch!