Facial thread veins are caused by dilated vessels that have lost the ability to contract. They can be caused by ageing, extremes of temperature, hormones, smoking, pregnancy or can be genetic and hereditary. Treatment consists of cauterising the vessels so the blood is reabsorbed by the body and they reduce. Repeat treatments may be required depending on the amount of vessels. The treated area can be red and swollen following treatment and small crusts can form, these are left to fall off naturally.
Aftercare – no hot baths, saunas, steam rooms, facials, gym, make up or alcohol for 24 hours.
Blood Spots (Campbell de Morgan or Cherry Angiomas) are more commonly found on the back or chest area but can be found on the face. Again caused by blood vessel under the skin, the treatment is similar to above.
Milia are caused by keratin trapped under the skin forming a white hard cyst. They often develop by the skin surface being clogged up using excessive rich skin care products or have been linked to those with a high cholesterol diet or excessive vitamin C. A small needle is inserted into the milia and current applied which dissolves the keratin. Again a second treatment may be required 3-4 weeks later depending on the severity.
Skin tags if left can grow and become bothersome, catching on jewellery etc. Some people are more prone to them than others. Again a small blade is used to cauterise the blood supply to the skin tag so the skin tag is removed or if particularly large will fall off on its own.