Patient and visitor guides


Jargon buster


A collection of small blood vessels that produces a lump in the skin sometimes called strawberry marks. Haemangiomas can be superficial (capillary) or deep (cavernous). Find out more about this condition and other birthmarks at NHS Choices.

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Skin Laser Treatment

0191 282 0599

The Laser Suite is based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and was one of the first units of its kind to be established in the UK.

Expert multi-disciplinary care

The service offers high quality care using the most up-to-date laser technology, provided by leading North East specialists in the familiar environment of the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Led by an experienced Laser Nurse Specialist who works across the specialties of plastic surgery, dermatology and peri-operative care, we provide a range of skin treatments both as NHS procedures, and on a self-pay basis.

In order to ensure our patients receive the most suitable treatment of the highest quality, tests are carried out before proceeding.

At your first visit a full assessment will be carried out which will determine your suitability for laser treatment. The first step in any course of laser therapy will be a patch test to assess your skin's response to the treatment.

Clinical expertise and specialist facilities

Two vascular lasers are used for the treatment of conditions such as 'Port Wine Stains', facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevus, and residual haemangiomas. 

We also have a skin resurfacing Carbon Dioxide laser suitable for some types of acne scarring and the treatment of many skin lesions.

Some laser treatments are provided in the Laser Suite whilst other more intensive procedures take place in our Plastics Theatres.

All children's procedures are carried out in our Paediatric (Children's) Theatres.

Your clinical team will let you know which is most appropriate and all are based at the RVI.

Specialist care to meet all your needs

Our service is committed to ensuring patients receive high quality continuity of care and children are able to complete a course of treatment for congenital abnormalities, such as Port Wine Stain, before they start school. This is of enormous benefit to them and their families both physically and emotionally.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more information about our Laser Skin Service please contact:

Telephone:  (0191) 282 0599

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