Vein Removal

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World leading dual laser technology to safely and effectively remove visible veins

Typically gone in 1 to 3 sessions

 Prices from £100 per session

Medically trained operator

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We routinely achieve great results on facial thread veins.  Response of veins on legs has been very poor to date and as a result we no longer recommend laser treatment in this area. It is our business model to only offer treatments with a high level of safety and efficacy. We recommend sclerotherapy as an alternative treatment modality

The premium choice for the treatment of facial telangiectasia, thread vein and spider veins in the North of Scotland.

We use the world leading Quanta Duetto MT laser system. This uses two pulses of amplified light from 2 separate lasers in quick succession to first oxidise the blood in the problem vessel, and then destroy the vessel itself while sealing it off safely

Our Zimmer cryotherapy machine blows very cold air onto the area before and during treatment to minimise discomfort

Folk in the Highlands are prone to visible thread veins especially on the nose and cheek. An outdoor lifestyle, sun exposure, and windburn conspire to make these fairly common.

Beauty with windburn
Beauty with windburn
Cherry angioma before and after
Cherry angioma before and after

We also treat cherry angioma, spider naevus and other vascular lesions

How long will my vein removal take and how much will it cost?

Problem thread veins and spider veins normally respond in 1 to 3 treatments. Please see Prices for a guide to costs.

Why is the Highland Laser Clinic Technology better than other systems?

Our laser system uses two lasers fired in quick succession. The Alexandrite laser converts haemoglobin within the problem vessel into an oxidised form known as methemoglobin. Milliseconds later the Nd:YAG laser fires. This has a very strong affinity for methemoglobin so heat energy from the laser is absorbed rapidly destroying and sealing the vessel.

Some clinics will attempt to remove veins using Q-Switch tattoo removal lasers or IPL. Some reduction may be seen in the short term from these approaches but relief is temporary and risks of skin damage are high.

Will I get full removal?

Possibly. Vessels of up to 2mm can be treated very effectively with this technology. We get great results on noses and chins. Cheeks can be more resistant but significant improvement is likely.

Due to poor results, we no longer offer vein removal on legs

Will my thread veins come back again?

Possibly. New capillaries can grow in place of removed vessels. Risk of reoccurrence is increased with sun exposure, wind burn, use of topical steroid creams, or if you engage in frequent strenuous exercise. We believe drinking alcohol as a risk factor for threadvein is over stated.

Can you remove my varicose veins?

Unfortunately not. Only vessels up to 2mm in diameter can be treated. We believe that laser is the preferable mode of treatment for facial veins, and that all leg veins should be approached with sclerotherapy or surgical interventions. We no longer attempt to treat leg veins.

Does it hurt?

Yes it does hurt a bit but is over quickly. A specialist cold air blower is used to chill your skin during treatment to make it more comfortable. Your operator also presses on your skin between every couple of shots to help dissapate heat and make it feel better.

When can I wear make-up?

We recommend that you avoid wearing make-up for 24 hours after treatment at the very least. Longer is probably better. It’s VERY important not to have ANY product of ANY kind on your skin on the day of treatment. You need to be properly cleansed of all make up, preferably in the shower so all traces are removed. We will refuse treatment for safety reasons if we see product on your face. This also applies to self tanning products.

How long does it take to heal after treatment?

Recovery takes 3 days to 3 weeks generally. The treated area will be red and swollen and some slight localised bruising may be seen. Treated vessels may turn grey or black and may be visible on your face for a week or so. Once healed the treated area may be sensitive to the sun for an additional few weeks.

When we treat telangiectasia the laser typically seals the problem blood vessels as it destroys them. Occasionally, a vessel can bleed into surrounding tissues and deposit blood within the structure of your skin. This is seen as a bruise which can take a few weeks or very rarely up to 6 months to resolve. We tend to treat fairly aggressively at Highland Laser Clinic to avoid this and have never experienced this complication with any of our clients so far, but it is a known risk factor with vein removal.

It is very important to tell us about any medications you might be taking at consultation. Some conditions such as diabetes can increase your risk of bleeding and bruising significantly. Uncontrolled hypertension or high blood pressure is also a risk factor we definitely need to know about.

What are you doing about coronavirus?

Please see our Covid-19 page for detailed information on measures we have introduced to protect clients and staff and minimise risks.

What is a laser?

Laser is light, clean sterile light amplified to a very high energy. It is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. We have a number of different lasers at our disposal to perform a number of aesthetic procedures. See Technology.

What do I do when I get there?

Detailed directions to the Highland Laser Clinic can be found on the Find Us page.

There are 2 designated parking places, one right in front on the clinic, and one up the side of Birchwood house. Please care not to obstruct access to our neighbour. Please note that our neighbour has a collie dog, who might shout at you a bit (it’s her job), but she's a sweetie really.

The clinic entrance is round to the left hand side of the house near the wooden fence.

We do not have a waiting room facility, so if you’re early or in the rare instance that we have an appointment over running, you may have to wait in your car.

If the blinds are closed in the clinic room, we are probably busy with another customer.

What happens at my consultation?

We sit down and discuss the procedure and how it all works. We talk about outcomes, side effects, risk factors and how to achieve the results you want. We aim to be completely transparent and open in these discussions and advise you to the best of or abilities, even if that is to recommend that you do not proceed with treatment with us. 

Consultation is free. Once all your questions have been answered you can then choose to proceed with patch testing, or you can go away and think about it, or decide then and there that treatment is not for you. It’s up to you. There is no hard sell.

Do I have to have a Patch Test before treatment?

YES. Patch testing is part of the terms of our insurance and is compulsory before any treatment without exception. Patch testing is normally charged at £30 per site.

Can I bring someone with me?

Normally we would say yes, but in these pandemic times we are trying to minimise the number of people visiting the clinic. You can bring someone with you if you have a good reason to but please discuss this with us first. For safety reasons, children can not be in the clinic during laser treatment under any circumstances.

How do I pay for my treatment?

Highland Laser Clinic has the facility to take payment from a wide range of debit and credit cards. You can also pay in cash. You can pay as you go for each treatment individually. For some courses of treatment you can pay in advance for a block of 6 sessions for a 10% discount. We do not offer credit terms.

What do I do after treatment?

Detailed aftercare instructions are provided after your first treatment and an aftercare document is provided for reference. This is also emailed to you after treatment.

We are always available for post-treatment advice. If you have any issues we may ask you to come in for review. We never charge for any follow up appointments, only for treatment sessions.

I have another question not listed here?

Please contact us with any additional questions you might have.

Pre Treatment Advice

For 4 weeks prior to treatment

Do not expose the skin to strong sunshine, sun-beds, or fake tan for at least 4 weeks before, and between laser treatments. We can not treat you if you are tanned.

In the week prior to treatment

No waxing, plucking or threading for at least one week before each treatment

Avoid intense exfoliation, microdermabrasion or peels

Do not use Retinoids, AHA’s, BHA’s or other intensive skin treatments

In the  48 hours prior to treatment

Do not use bleaching creams or perfumed products

If necessary, make sure area being treated is cleanly shaved 24hours prior to treatment

On the day of treatment

Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water

Hydrate by drinking plenty of fluids. Do not miss a meal before treatment

PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY PRODUCT OF ANY KIND ON THE AREA TO BE TREATED ON THE DAY OF TREATMENT

Post Treatment Advice

In the 2 days post treatment

Avoid strenuous activity such as gym sessions and sports following laser treatment. This is to minimise your blood pressure and prevent veins reopening

Treated areas will be red and swollen. Treated veins may appear grey, black or purple - this is normal and will improve over the next few days

Do not touch, pick scratch or otherwise irritate the treated area

If any blistering or other unusual side effect occurs, contact Highland Laser Clinic immediately to arrange aftercare. Do not burst blisters yourself

Apply Savlon or similar to the area twice a day

Avoid all heat treatments including hot baths, saunas, steam rooms and hot showers

No swimming in chlorinated water

Do not use bleaching creams

Avoid perfumed products e.g. soaps, creams or fragrances

During the 3 days post treatment

Do not shave the area

For 1 week post treatment

No waxing, plucking or threading for at least 1 week after treatment

Avoid intense exfoliation, microdermabrasion or peels

Do not use Retinoids, AHA’s, BHA’s or other intensive skin treatments

In the 2 Weeks post treatment

Do not use fake tan

In the 8 Weeks post treatment

Use sun protection SPF30+

Limit sun exposure and do not use tanning beds. We will be unable
to treat you if too tanned

Ongoing support is part of the service that Highland Laser Clinic provides, any questions or concerns please get in touch