Vascular Reduction

Laser therapy can be used to reduce unwanted visible blood vessels.

WHY CHOOSE Vascular Reduction

Laser therapy is one of the most effective treatments for vascular lesions. We highly recommend our vascular reduction treatment for those who are suffering from unwanted visible blood vessels due to rosacea, facial veins, telangiectasia and varicose veins on legs. Laser light energy targets and damages these blood vessels to make them less visible on the skin surface. It is a non-invasive treatment with no downtime, so you can get back to your daily routine in no time. This vascular reduction treatment is a safe and non-surgical procedure which will boost your confidence in your appearance.

2 days
Treatment Time
45 mins
Anaesthetic Required

Who can benefit from this procedure?

Vascular reduction is aimed at those suffering with: Acne Rosacea, facial flushing, telangiectasia, varicose veins, spider Naevi, cherry haemangiomas, hyperpigmentation, freckles and broken veins.

How does it work?

A process known as photothermolysis acts on blood vessels. This process involves short bursts of laser light damaging vessel walls. The damage to the vessel walls causes them to break down, and thus, become less noticeable or even invisible. Areas around the blood vessels are unharmed.

Is this procedure painful?

Some people find the procedure a bit uncomfortable, however, our trained therapists will do everything they can to ensure your comfort. Side effects from this treatment include: redness, irritation and swelling. Typically they will subside shortly after the procedure (allow 24-48 hours).

How long till I will see results?

Results from this procedure are immediate and providing you follow our recommended course of 3 treatments, results can last up to a year (depending on individuals). The procedure itself takes roughly 30-45mins.

Is laser vascular reduction safe?

Medical lasers are approved by the FDA to treat various cosmetic and medical problems including vascular malformations. They are safe because they use non-ionizing radiation, which is different from the ones used in x-rays that penetrate deep into tissues.

Can laser reduce broken capillaries on the face?

Laser vascular reduction is a fast and effective way to permanently remove dilated or broken blood vessels. Only treatments performed in aesthetic and dermatological clinics can get rid of it. There are currently no products or portable devices that can treat broken capillaries on the face.

What will my skin look like after treatment?

After the procedure, there may be some redness and swelling. These usually subside within a couple of days. The treated area may appear darker after 5 to 7 days.

Initial consultation

The first time you visit our clinic, a highly-trained skin expert will check your vascular lesions to come up with the best treatment plan. If you are taking Aspirin and other anticoagulants (blood-thinning medications), you should discuss this with your therapist prior to treatment.

Treatment details

Laser vascular reduction is less invasive than sclerotherapy because it doesn’t involve needles. During treatment, you and your therapist will be wearing protective goggles. You may feel a little discomfort as the light applicator is placed on your skin, releasing short pulses of light. The light energy is absorbed by blood vessels, causing them to clot and dry up. The damaged vessels are then absorbed by the body until they become less visible. 

Side effects and contraindications

The most common side effects are redness and swelling, as well as darkening of treated veins and the surrounding area that make take time to subside. The use of cooling devices will minimise post-treatment reactions. This treatment is not suitable for patients who are pregnant or lactating or those with an active infection at the affected site.


You may need 3 or more sessions to clear up larger vascular lesions. While the affected blood vessels will be greatly reduced, laser vascular reduction does not prevent the formation of new lesions. Optimum results will be visible about 4 weeks after treatment, as it takes time for the damaged vessels to be absorbed by the body.

Vascular reduction
Per session 6 sessions
Small area £120 £300
Half face £180 £500
Full face £250 £700


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Laser therapy can be used to reduce unwanted visible blood vessels. These can be seen if you have rosacea, facial veins, telangiectasia (spider veins) or even varicose veins on the legs. Short bursts of laser light energy targets these blood vessels and damages the vessel walls via a process called photothermolysis. This leads to a rapid increase in temperature of the vessels causing a break down the cells which is then absorbed by the body, making it less or completely invisible. As it only targets the blood vessels, the skin around the vessels are left unharmed. Mild discomfort may be experienced with each pulse of laser light but is tolerable without anaesthetic cream. There may be some redness and swelling after treatment but usually subsides within 2 days. As each individual’s skin condition is different, the number of treatment required would be different. Most individuals will have 2-6 sessions approximately a month apart, and improvements are seen within a month. It is a safe and non-surgical way to treat your obvious blood vessels if you are self-conscious about them.

Types of treatable vascular lesions:
Many cutaneous vascular conditions are not only of cosmetic concern. Patients often seek treatment because of bleeding, disfigurement, or pain. Thanks to laser light therapy, these conditions, which were once untreatable, can now be managed successfully.

  • Telangiectasia (spider veins) – these are small dilated blood vessels that often occur near the surface of the skin. They are commonly found around the nose, cheeks, and chin. Spider veins may also affect the blood vessels of the legs.
  • Rosacea – a skin condition characterised by facial redness, telangiectasia, inflammation, and acne symptoms (pustules and papules).
  • Port-wine stains (birthmark) – a type of vascular malformation that is acquired at birth. Laser is currently the only treatment that works in fading port wine stain without damaging the surrounding healthy skin.
  • Varicose veins – swollen, enlarged veins of the legs and feet. Symptomatic varicose veins may lead to serious complications if left untreated.