At the Belfast Skin Clinic’s dedicated laser suite, we have installed the Lumenis M22 IPL laser for the treatment of over 30 skin conditions. The appearance of sun spots, age spots, spider veins, rosacea, capillaries and redness can all be reduced significantly.
Facial redness appears for several reasons: sun damage, acne scarring, rosacea, other types of scarring, sensitive skin and genetics. The redness can be constant or become more noticeable with certain trigger factors such as heat, wind and exercise. An increased number of superficial blood vessels, combined with sensitive skin or skin that flushes easily, leads to an increased red appearance of the skin.
Leg and Face Thread Vein Removal
Thread veins, or spider veins, are very small veins which can be seen on the skin as thin bluish-red lines and often appear on the face and legs. Whilst thread veins do not cause any symptoms or pain, their visibility can cause distress and insecurity in those affected. Our advanced laser technology is able to provide a highly effective treatment which yields quick and permanent results. Thread veins occur naturally but their appearance can be exacerbated by several common factors including age, overexposure to the sun, pregnancy and rosacea (skin redness).
Sun Damage (Photo-ageing)
Our IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology gently and effectively minimises the appearance of sun damage, discolouration, facial thread veins and conditions such as rosacea. Most people can safely receive IPL but a consultation with your healthcare professional is always recommended to understand how the process works and manage expectations in terms of results.
How it works
The laser emits a range of lightwaves that are then tuned and targeted at haemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either haemoglobin or melanin resulting in damage to the vessel wall or fragmenting of melanin pigment. These tiny vessels and the melanin pigment are then absorbed by the body, rendering them less visible.
Your medical specialist will put glasses or eyepads over your eyes to protect them. A cool gel is then placed on the skin being treated. The smooth glass surface of the handpiece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light flash. You may feel a very slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band.
At the end of the treatment, the nurse wipes off the gel, cleans the area with a warm cloth, and applies a moisturiser with sunscreen. If there is any mild swelling, you might be given a cold pack to apply for five or ten minutes.