SkinFirst Maxi Plus

We treat many facial skin conditions, with clients ranging in age from early teens to those in their 80’s. A common concern for women and men alike is thread veins.

Most facial veins are caused by environmental factors such as sun and wind damage. However, there may also be a genetic predisposition to the problem. Men are often concerned that facial veins give the impression they drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Whilst alcohol does not cause the veins to appear, it can contribute to a dilated appearance.

Other triggers for facial flushing include coffee, tea, heat, exercise and emotion. Other causes can also be attributed to hereditary factors, oral contraception and the hormone therapy Orem UT.

How can thread veins be treated?

MPL ® technology triggers the collapse of the veins and broken capillaries without doing any damage to the surrounding outer layers of skin. It also improves the overall appearance of the skin by evening out skin tone and encouraging the production of collagen. MPL ® uses multiple wavelengths of light to treat the dilated blood vessels in the face. The structures and blood vessels causing the capillaries to flare up absorb the precise energy level and various wavelengths of light that are emitted from the MPL ® energy source. Effectively, the light waves are absorbed by haemoglobin (the substance that gives blood the reddish, purple colour) and converted
into heat. This heat causes the walls of the vein to collapse which, in turn, stops the blood flow. Once this happens, the vein is slowly absorbed into the body, disappearing from sight. With the right course of treatment, the look of facial veins and capillaries become visibly reduced (or disappear) resulting in a more rejuvenated, younger look.

Thread Vein treatment

SkinFirst use radio frequency in conjunction with the MPL ® light, to create additional heat thus enabling the light to be emitted at a lower energy setting in cases where skin colour may dictate this to be preferable. It also works synergistically with the MPL ® for a more successful outcome than IPL on its own.

Which veins can be treated?

Thread vein removal after 4 treatments

Before Thread Vein removal - before After Thread Vein removal - after

Thread veins on all parts of your body can be treated. The most common treatments are for superficial veins in the facial, chest or leg areas. As the treatment relies on absorption of light by the haemoglobin in the blood, the most effective results are seen with light skin. The lighter the skin, the more pronounced the contrast between the vessel and the skin, making treatment easier. However, the inclusion of radio frequency in the treatments offered by SkinFirst ensure a more successful outcome with darker skin types than IPL alone.

Does it hurt?

Tolerance of pain is very individual from person to person. No anesthetics are required, and most people describe the sensation as similar to that of a rubber band snapping onto the skin, followed by a warm sensation lasting several minutes.

The darker the red colour in the vein, the more the light absorption will be facilitated. This can be felt more than with paler veins; but to compensate the results can often be easier to achieve. You may find it comforting to cool the skin after the treatment; but most people find the treatment extremely tolerable and do not need to cool the skin.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments depends on the body site and the severity of the thread veins. MPL ® treatments combined with radio frequency, can be given as often as once every three weeks in order to achieve the desired results. Depending upon the extent of the problem, several treatments may be necessary. Sometimes just one or two will suffice. These treatments are not suitable for all veins on the body, and the technology is most successful in treating telangiectasia or thread veins. The deeper, often longer and more bluish or purple veins, frequently found on the legs, or varicose veins, are not suitable for treatment. Most clients find that thread veins appear on the cheeks and nose area; and sometimes around the backs of knees, and on the ankles.

We welcome you to visit us for an informative consultation, which will enable us to assess your suitability for treatment using this type of technology. We can then answer any further questions you may have, and undertake a patch test.