What causes spider veins (vascular lesions)?
A spider vein or vascular lesion is formed by abnormally large or numerous blood vessels resulting in a red appearance of the skin. Small vessels commonly referred to as ‘spider veins’ (telangiectasia), are the most common vascular lesions. Usually they measure only a few millimetres in diameter and they can develop anywhere on the body, but commonly on the face around the nose, cheeks, and chin.
How IPL treatment eliminates vascular lesions:
When the pulsed light is absorbed by a spider vein, the light converts to heat and coagulates the vessel. Vessels may darken initially and then the body will remove the vessel over time.
Depending on the area treated, vessels may disappear immediately (face) or within a few days subsequent to the initial treatment. The deeper, thicker vessels (spider veins) often found on the lower legs will take longer, (up to 10 weeks in some cases) to disappear completely.
For the larger vessels that need re-treating, we give the body adequate time to respond and we usually re-treat at 3 to 4 weeks later. However, these treatments are very effective in both areas.
Pulsed light systems are not designed to treat large leg or varicose veins and typically will NOT resolve veins effectively which are greater than 2mm in diameter and at greater than 2mm depths.