Fine veins and red blemishes

An unrivalled range of treatment options

Veins and blood vessels deliver a healthy blood supply to the skin, but when they develop too close to the surface, they can also cause marks and blemishes. We can treat conditions including ‘port wine’ stains, vascular lesions (such as haemangiomas), varicose veins, and red or blue thread veins on the face, legs and elsewhere.

Why choose us?

We have one of the largest vascular laser suites in the country, as well as a variety of non-laser options. That means we’ll advise you based on what you need, not what we happen to have. Options at Mapperley Park include 4 different laser systems, micro-sclerotherapy, foam-sclerotherapy and endovenous laser (VNUS) treatment. We can also combine treatments to give you maximum results – something clinics with one laser can’t match.

What does treatment involve?

Thread veins

There are two methods for treating thread veins: micro-sclerotherapy (injection with a very fine needle) and laser treatment. We have almost 20 years’ experience in performing these techniques, with four types of laser to choose from. We also offer combination treatments to get the best possible results.

We always treat facial thread veins with a laser, because injection techniques aren’t suitable for the face. The energy delivered by the laser closes down the vein without perforating it, and the damaged veins are then dissolved and removed by your own immune system. We’ll advise you on the right type of laser for your case, but with our selection of equipment we can offer treatment for every skin type and vein problem.

Sclerotherapy is mainly useful for leg veins, and involves injecting the vein with sclerosing liquid using an extremely fine needle. This makes the vein walls stick to themselves, preventing blood flow. Again, your immune system will then tidy away the veins.

How many treatments you need will depend on the area of the body, but patients usually need at least two treatments, spaced four weeks apart. If you have any large or varicose veins, you might need to have those treated before we start work on the thread veins. We’ll let you know in your consultation if that’s the case.

Port wine stains

Our first choice for treating port wine stains is the pulsed-dye laser, which we’ve been using safely for many years. As the blood vessels on the surface begin to clear, we might need to switch to other types of laser that penetrate more deeply. Most port wine stains will respond to treatment, but it’s worth knowing that some clear up better than others.

Patients usually need several treatments (from 4 to 10), spaced between 4 and 8 weeks apart. The port wine stain usually fades as the course of treatments progresses.

Come in for a consultation

We’ll be able to give you more information about your individual case when you come in and see us. For thread veins, we’ll need to see the size and area to be treated before we can advise you, and in the case of port wine stains we’ll probably need to do a patch test to establish the best treatment.

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