ipl thread vein removal

At Zen we use an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) method of treating Facial Thread veins.  Over exposure to UV light, extreme weather conditions, some medical conditions and trauma can cause damaged blood vessels.

The purpose of the treatment is to achieve improvements in the appearance of the skin by using Intense Pulsed Light to reduce and remove thread veins. The IPL light targets the haemoglobin found within the blood, the haemoglobins transform absorbed light into heat and it is conducted into the vessel wall.  The lining of the vessel is destroyed and leads to the collapse of the vessel and its gradual removal from the body.

This treatment is very effective and most patients see immediate results. A course of treatments up to 3 treatments may be required per area.  A patch test (£32) and consultation is required at least 48 hours before treatment.

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Treatment Pricing
Treatment Guide Prices (per session) Price (Course)
Patch test & consultation £30
Cheeks, from £195 Course of 3: £535
Cheekbone, from £115 Course of 3: £295
Nose, from £85 Course of 3: £205


Q. Can I be treated?

A. Treatments are most efficient in patients with light skin who are not sun-tanned at the time of the treatment.  If your skin is less tanned, the contrast between the blood vessels and background colours of the skin is greater, making the treatment easier and more effective. The process is ideal for most clients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires no downtime and has a low risk of side effects.

Treatments using the Ellipse System will not cure any medical conditions causing thread veins.

Q. How long does IPL Thread Vein take?

A. An area can be treated in a matter of minutes.  You should see an improvement after the first treatment but up to 3 treatments may be required to achieve the full effect.

Q. Does the treatment hurt?  

A. This will vary from one client to another. No anaesthetics are required and many patients describe the treatment as practically pain-free, a slight discomfort like a flick from an elastic band followed by a sensation like the feeling of gentle warmth after a day on the beach. Any pain is very momentary.

Q. Do I need to take special precautions? 

A. The light used is completely safe, visible light.  It is, however important to avoid tanning (sun, sunbeds or self-tanning products) before and during the treatment period.  Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light which makes treatments less effective and less comfortable.  Generally, no special care is necessary after treatment, but people with sensitive skin may benefit from applying a cold compress to the face immediately after the treatment or use a soothing aloe vera gel.  After an IPL Thread Vein treatment, you should avoid sun exposure for 30 days, even is there is no sign of inflammation in the treated area. Use a sunscreen with at least SPF30 on the area for the next 30-60days following treatment.

Q. Is there anything I can do to help prevent thread veins? 

A. Introducing vitamin C into your skincare routine can boost collagen production to strengthen the skin and blood vessels.  We also recommend skinade, a vitamin and collagen drink to strengthen and boost the skin.

Q. What can I expect?

A.  Slight erythema/redness is seen immediately after the treatment and this will disappear in 1-2 hours or in some cases a few days.  The area around the vessels that were treated could become swollen and can last for 4 days.

Any pigmentation picked up in the area will turn darker after the treatment creating a light crust, a ‘dirty look’ and will slough off in the next 7-10days.