At The Devonshire Clinic we use intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments to treat skin problems ranging from medical conditions such as rosacea, redness, thread veins and sun damage to cosmetic issues such as lines, wrinkles, pigment irregularities and age/sun spots.
Our Consultant Dermatologists in our London clinic are leading skin experts with in-depth knowledge of how IPL can be used to improve the appearance of the skin. Within medical dermatology we recommend IPL treatments to patients with thread veins, rosacea and bothersome skin flushing to reduce redness, restoring the skin tone to more closely match the surrounding normal skin.
Treating thread veins
The IPL treatment involves light bursts which are absorbed by the blood in the small surface blood vessels. This causes local heating within the blood vessels that destroy them but the treatment causes minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. Your body absorbs what is left of the heated thread veins over the next days and weeks.
You may experience some discomfort during your IPL treatment. The appearance of the skin continues to improve for several weeks after IPL treatment so the full extent of the improvements in thread veins may not be apparent immediately.
The number of treatments and the spacing of treatments will depend on the severity of your thread veins but four to six treatments given a month apart is a typical schedule for intense pulsed light treatments.
Rosacea is a condition that leads to facial redness, flushing and dilation of tiny blood vessels in the skin on the nose and cheeks. IPL treatment for rosacea works in the same way as for thread veins but the treatment area is usually more extensive.
Reducing skin flushing
By removing some of the superficial tiny blood vessels in the face that swell with blood when you become warm, IPL can reduce embarrassing episodes of facial flushing, improving your confidence in social situations.