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Intense pulsed light (IPL) laser treatment for leg thread veins

at Dr Deborah McManners’ clinic

Leg thread veins are very common (particularly in women). Although they are harmless, they can be unsightly and are a particular problem during the warmer summer months as people affected don’t want to show their legs. Traditional therapies involve surgery or painful procedures – Dr McManners is able to treat leg thread veins effectively with advanced intense pulsed light (IPL) laser treatment.*

The treatment is non-invasive with no incisions made or anaesthetic needed. It works by delivering the energy of the laser’s intense pulses into the blood and targeted thread vein’s vessel walls where it’s absorbed by the haemoglobin present. The heat causes the vessel to coagulate and constrict until it breaks down. Eventually, the vein disintegrates and is no longer visible.*

This advanced treatment is carried out with laser technology. Dr McManners has a great deal of experience in thread-vein treatment and believes this to be one of the best solutions on the market. In addition, a chilled fluid supply runs through the laser hand piece. As the handpiece tip is in contact with your skin during the treatment, your skin is continually cooled meaning that you should feel little heat from the laser pulses. *

  • Reduces and removes leg thread veins over a course of treatments*
  • Non-invasive with minimal discomfort*
  • Walk-in walk-out procedure
  • Suitable for all leg areas including the ankle

Individual results may vary.

Treatment at a glance


Up to 60 minutes


Permanent (although new thread veins may appear elsewhere)




Individual results may vary.

Complementary procedure

Your questions answered

  1. How does the treatment work?

    This minimally-invasive treatment uses IPL to deliver energy into the blood and vessel walls. The energy is absorbed by haemoglobin (a red protein which transports oxygen in the blood). As this process occurs, heat is generated causing the thread vein to coagulate and constrict until it breaks down. Although the vein may darken initially, it should fade and disappear over time.*

  2. What happens during the treatment?

    The procedure is carried out by Dr McManners. Laser light is delivered to the thread veins within the treatment area using a hand-held device.

  3. Is IPL laser treatment for leg thread veins suitable for all skin tones?

    The treatment works particularly well for fairer skin tones. Pigmentation damage in darker skin tones can occur so we will advise on this in full during your consultation.*

  4. How many treatments will I need?

    This will depend on the number of thread veins and your skin tone. We’ll assess these factors during your consultation and recommend a specific number of treatments. We can adapt and tailor this plan as your treatment progresses.

  5. Is the treatment painful?

    Most of our patients find the treatment completely manageable. It is considered more comfortable than alternative procedures such as microsclerotherapy.*

  6. Is the treatment safe?

    This is a safe treatment with many thousands of procedures carried out.


Individual results may vary.

“I was always so self conscious of my legs whenever the sun came out. I’d tried various concealers but they didn’t really help. Now I can’t wait to put my shorts on and show my legs!”

Kate, Cheam

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    *Individual treatment outcomes may vary. Specific outcome is not guaranteed.