This treatment method involves a fine hair like needle applied to the capillaries. This then conducts a small electric current which causes the blood in the vessels to clot and the vessels to heal closed. The sensation is of a hot prick. Local anaesthetic cream will be used to reduce any discomfort.
The appearance of the capillaries will be much improved immediately after the treatment. The area will become red and there may be some local swelling which usually subsides after 24 hours.
It is not unusual to develop some small scabs at the treatment site. These should be left alone and will fall off during the course of the next 7 days. These scabs look similar in appearance to bramble scratches.
During the next two weeks the treated capillaries may appear to recover or become more prominent than before – this is a normal part of the healing process. Gradually they will fade again.
Complications of the treatment are rare. Most commonly, some capillaries may persist and further treatment may be required. Rarely, scarring or pigmentation at the treatment site can occur.
The success of the treatment is best judged at 4-6 weeks. A follow-up appointment is recommended at this time should further treatment be required.
After the treatment;
- Do not touch the treated area for 4-6 hours
- Do not stretch the treated skin
- Make-up should be avoided for 24 hours
- Avoid potentially irritant skin care products for 48 hours
- Do no pick or scratch the area, in particular any scabs that may form
- Avoid rigorous nose blowing for several days
- Avoid energetic exercise for 48 hours
- Protect the skin with high factor sun screen (30+) in good weather
- A cold compress can help soothe the skin during the first 24 hours