Rosacea/Red Veins - SkinFirst

Rosacea/Red Veins

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.

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 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. 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. We do however apply aloe vera and a hydrating serum, and we ensure that you do not leave the clinic feeling too hot. We also offer a mineral make-over completely free of charge so you leave looking great. For men (or women) who do not want this option, you are welcome to relax with a drink, some refreshments and magazines, to allow any redness (if indeed there is any) to subside.

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. At SkinFirst we pride ourselves on our good results and so hopefully you will not be disappointed. But we would of course give our opinion on your own thread veins at a consultation and set your expectations accordingly.

Rosacea is a common but poorly understood chronic (long-term) skin condition that mainly affects the face. Symptoms begin with episodes of flushing (when the skin turns red).

People with rosacea may experience spots and persistent redness of their skin. Small blood vessels in the skin can become visible. In the most severe cases, the skin can thicken and enlarge, usually on and around the nose.
There is no cure for rosacea, but treatments are available to control the symptoms.

How common is rosacea?
Rosacea most commonly affects fair-skinned people from northern Europe and is estimated to affect up to 1 in 10 people.

Rosacea affects twice as many women as men, although it is usually more serious in men. The symptoms usually begin between the ages of 30 and 50.

Treatment for rosacea
Rosacea treatment may take many forms from prevention to direct action. Sadly many people suffer unnecessarily for years. In early stages sufferers are often unaware that the problem is treatable, and may not seek help until the symptoms are pronounced and personally distressing. Fortunately modern techniques such as MPL® can reverse much of the damage caused by excessive blood flow, whilst knowledge of triggers can control the condition over time. MPL® is gaining more and more professional weight as a very effective mainstream rosacea treatment.

Many people use both topical and oral antibiotics which may be effective in treating the mild cases of rosacea. In more severe cases anti-biotics such as Metronidazole are prescribed to help decrease spot formation. However, it is only minimally effective on facial redness and rarely affects the broken blood vessels or flushing aspects of rosacea which is the main concern of our clients with rosacea.

In order to be effective, antibiotic treatment must be sustained. Whilst being treated, personal triggers must continue to be avoided.

Common triggers include:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Extreme Hot & Cold Weather
  • Sun
  • Excessively Greasy Food
  • Allergies

Oral and topical antibiotic therapy with the avoidance of all triggers is not a very satisfying strategy! MPL® is effective at removing the structurally damaged blood vessels and diminishes the constant facial redness. This effectively treats more extensive areas of the face with less pain and greater speed than the older laser methods.

Because the skin clinicians at SkinFirst have had thorough and specific training and plenty of experience in treating rosacea sufferers, and because our machines are more advanced and suitable than most other machines on the market for this type of treatment, we are able to achieve excellent clearance of broken blood vessels and chronic facial redness, as well as significantly decrease the intensity and duration of the facial flush. It is well understood that MPL® targets the red haemoglobin in the offending blood vessels of rosacea sufferers. What is less well understood is that the vessels should sometimes be targeted on different levels (using variable wavelengths) of the skin. Our technology facilitates this whereas many other machines have only one suitable setting for rosacea. So we will take into account:

  • Depth of targeted blood vessels
  • Area and location of vessels
  • Pulse frequency and energy appropriate to target different vessel types
  • Understanding of the different impact of surface vessels vs feeder vessels

Consideration of these factors and an overall understanding of the underlying condition ensures a successful outcome to this distressing condition.

What does the treatment involve?
You will be asked to keep your face as pale as possible by avoiding sun exposure before and during your course of treatment. At your first visit you can discuss the pros and cons of treatment and a patch test can be performed to check the reaction of your skin. On the first treatment the whole of the affected area will be treated, except in men where the beard area is avoided. There is a feeling of heat during the treatment and your face will be redder for a short while afterwards. We will cool your skin if it does feel warm afterwards, and we can apply complimentary mineral make-up or you can relax in our clinic until the redness subsides. A course of 4-6 treatments at 4 week intervals produces the best benefit. Improvement may continue for many weeks after the course has finished. Rosacea is a relapsing condition and this treatment can drastically improve the appearance but does not cure the underlying condition of rosacea longer term, so you will need to come back occasionally for maintenance sessions.

How does it work?
It is believed that MPL® has two actions that help in rosacea. Firstly, red thread veins absorb the light energy, which heats them. This damage encourages the body to reabsorb them, improving appearance. Secondly, the light energy and the heat energy from the additional radio frequency warms the collagen fibres in the skin. This stimulates new collagen and collagen remodelling. This improves the support of the small blood vessels which helps to delay the development of more thread veins and unwanted redness.

Many rosacea sufferers also have some thread veins, and whether you have both symptoms or just one, we welcome you into our salon in Warrington for a free consultation.

Client Testimonials

Fantastic service as always. Izzy & Millie make you feel so welcome. Izzy is super efficient & professional. I highly recommend Skin First.


I wish I could go for a treatment here every day, it was such a lovely experience! Hayley was wonderful, so informative and just magical at what she does! everything was fantastic from the music to the decor to the energy of the space. Can’t wait to book in again soon! I’ve never had a facial before as I felt intimidated by such environments but it was such a warm and friendly place to be, I’d highly recommend this clinic to anyone and everyone!


Izzy was brilliant, makes you feel really relaxed and takes time to make sure you are comfortable throughout the treatment. Had 3 RF Micro needling sessions and love the results.


I have very dark hair and have always been very conscious of it. I started to have the laser hair removal treatment firstly to my underarms. After only two sessions I was so impressed with the results. My hair was virtually gone! As a result I now have three areas treated. It is truly a fantastic treatment and leaves your skin not only hair free but baby smooth. Furthermore, the service you will receive is both informative and highly professional. After years of waxing and sugaring I have now found a hair removal treatment that I would whole heartedly recommend.

I have always had my underarms waxed but decided to try laser hair removal instead. After only one treatment I was surprised at how few hairs grew back. I have just completed my fourth treatment and can’t really see any remaining hairs. But i will finish my course of 6 to ensure that all hairs have been removed as my therapist (Cathy) told me that there are some hairs that may not be in the active growing phase which could still come through. I am delighted with the results and will definitely keep my standing order going until I have done my bikini line and then maybe even my legs.

I have always had poor skin tone and a red blotchy face, which was diagnosed as Rosacea 3 years ago. I have been prescribed antibiotics orally and taken topical medication which helped a little with the postules but did not really have significantly noticeable results; and I don’t like to take antibiotics longer term. I was therefore delighted to find that the light based treatment at SkinFirst was able to help my condition. My cheeks are much less flushed and my nose has improved markedly, and that is only at the half way stage of my full course. I would recommend this treatment to anyone else who has rosacea.

My treatment at SkinFirst, at The Village in Warrington, was quick, easy and I was very happy with the result. I had an unsightly cluster of small red veins on my face and they have now gone completely.

I would like to thank you for the improvements to my general skin condition. Many people have commented about how well I am looking and I feel like I look several years younger at least. It has given me a boost of confidence, and I think I am going to tackle my thread veins next.

I was amazed that the sun spots on my hands disappeared following a course of treatments by SkinFirst. I expected them to perhaps go a little lighter but not to go completely. There was the added benefit that my skin felt much softer too. My hands were a give away to my age and I now feel so much happier about showing them off!

As a Clinical Scientist, I recently carried out training with the staff of SkinFirst at Warrington and was most impressed with the new ‘Super MPL Combi’ machine they have installed. This new technology uses a combination of Intense Pulsed Light and Radiofrequency making the treatments effective at lower levels of energy than would normally be the case. This makes the treatments safer and more comfortable for the clients.

I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the treatment I recently received at SkinFirst in Warrington. I had a prominent blood vessel on the side of my nose which has now completely gone. I hardly felt anything during the treatment which only took a few moments. This bothersome blood vessel had been previously treated at another clinic using a different type of laser which was not only painful but did not completely remove the problem – it came back. I would certainly recommend SkinFirst for anyone with a similar problem.

I have only compliments to say, having had beauty treatments for many years Skinfirst has to be the most professional, confident, competent and comfortable to date. I wish you and you company every success and I will certainly be recommending you in the future.

I was nervous, but felt a ease straight away. I had a lot of questions which were always answered. Saw great results after 2 treatments, I would recommend SkinFirst to my friends.

I have always felt very welcome when visiting the clinic. The service was excellent and I am very pleased with how quickly I got results.

Excellent introduction, I was put as ease and the course was clearly explained. Very professional, I felt that June gave that little extra in my treatment. I have used many treatments and anti-biotics with little or no improvement over a 35 years period. The results during and at the end of the course of 6 treatments goes beyond my expectations. My only wish is that I had done this 30 years ago. My thanks and gratitude to all at SkinFirst.

Wonderful night, extremely informative. Friendly girls with lots of advice, thank you very much to you all and see you all again soon.

I have found my skin tone improved immensely and my skin felt moisturized and hydrated, I would definitely recommend SkinFirst to my friends.

I am so impressed with the treatment and love the way that it works in a non-aggressive manner. From previous laser hair sessions I was always left with burnt, damaged hair and slight skin redness and scabbing following a treatment which looked unsightly for a couple of weeks whilst the hair was worked out of the skin. Your treatment worked without any of these nasty side effects… really impressed!

I had a Radio Frequency treatment and I couldn’t believe my husband even noticed! He said it looked a lot smoother and tighter around the jaw line and on the cheek area and he said it looked younger! The results are amazing, I can’t believe that was after only one treatment!

I was a little nervous about coming in for a treatment as I’ve never had anything like this before, but I was put at ease immediately. I can honestly say I really enjoyed the whole experience – Natalie was lovely, and very understanding. I was having laser hair removal on my bikini and she was so professional and I hardly felt anything. It was 2 weeks ago and I have already seen an amazing result with patches where there is no hair. I will definitely be booking in for my underarms and legs now I know how good the results are. Thanks so much and I wish I had done this ages ago!

Results were fantastic – even after a couple of sessions. It’s like a miracle! No longer do I have to shave thick black hairs on a daily basis.

Thoroughly professional atmosphere and treatments.

For the first time in years I don’t have to wear make-up. I have had spots for most of my life and can’t believe how my skin looks now. Thanks so much!

I would definitely recommend the laser hair removal given by SkinFirst. It has completely changed my life. The service is excellent, staff very friendly and I have complete confidence in them.

I have fair skin & dark hair, after having just four sessions of the SkinFirst MPL machine. I have seen such a difference, the hair growth has slowed down so much I hardly have to shave, on some area’s like my underarms and bikini line there is no hair there any more, Its permanently gone!

Thank you so much for such a reasonable priced treatments, such good response.

My Birthday was coming up so I wanted a special treat for myself. So I called Skin First. I was welcomed with a warm reception and a glass of cold champagne.

I must admit I felt a little nervous, but everything was explained to me and I was soon looking forward to having a treatment done.My skin felt so much better and softer and I certainly saw an improvement in my skin.

I would recommend a visit to Skin First to everyone. I’m looking forward to my next appointment.

I go here for my MPL face laser treatment and I have to say Izzy is amazing! Pain free and you feel like your getting a mini facial! I love it and will always to go to SkinFirst.

Warm, comfortable surroundings and amazing treatment!

I highly recommend SkinFirst. It’s a lovely place, they make you feel really comfortable and provide all the info you need. I’m definitely going back for more treatments!

I love the results I am getting from their hair removal treatment! It does not hurt and the results can be seen straight away! Millie is amazing and the advice received is extremely useful. I would obviously recommend it to anyone wanting to get rid off any unwanted hair.

Absolutely amazing! Izzy is a credit – makes each visit brilliant by caring and making sure you’re well looked after. Can’t wait for my 4th visit in December! Thanks so much for each treatment. It’s lovely and clean & relaxing environment. Highly recommend to anyone.

I have been going to Skinfirst for a couple of months now and would highly recommend them. The dual radio frequency works absolute wonders on your face and is so relaxing. My skin is much more smooth, and so much more youthful looking, lines are far less obvious. Hair removal is so effective, very happy with legs and bikini. All treatments are very competitively priced.

Millie is so friendly, professional and puts you at ease straight away. The whole environment is very relaxing. I will continue to use Skinfirst on a regular basis. Thank you so much Millie.

The laser hair removal I’m having will be truly life changing when it’s complete, and my first radio frequency tonight was wonderful – can’t recommend it enough! Lovely staff and premises too, always enjoy my visits.

From the moment I walked through the door Millie put me at ease! The atmosphere is calm and relaxing, Millie is friendly, professional and knowledgeable.

The best bit? The laser hair removal is quick, painless and works! Can’t recommend it highly enough!

First visit to SkinFirst, so impressed with my facial by Izzy.

So relaxing, lovely welcome. Thank you x

11th May 2023

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