What is a Facial Vein Treatment?
Facial vein treatments help improve your complexion. Unsightly spider veins and red blotches on the face affect millions of people. While they may not be medical emergencies, many of our patients would like to be rid of these unattractive and sometimes embarrassing distractions to their natural beauty. Fortunately, our advanced technologies enable us to safely, easily and effectively treat these facial spider veins, also called telangiectasias.
What Causes Facial Veins?
We do not know all of the causes, but they are often related to heredity, oral contraceptives, hormone therapy, sun exposure or the aging process. They may also be related to rosacea, another treatable skin condition.
Facial Vein Treatments
Do they hurt?
Most patients describe the sensation to be like the snap of a rubber band on the skin as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Some patients opt to have a topical anesthesia. After treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
How many treatments are there?
Typically, multiple treatments are necessary to achieve optimal results. Tiny pink and red vessels usually require two to three treatments to achieve acceptable results. Veins that are darker or purplish are usually more difficult to remove, and require more treatments. Treatments are spaced at four to six week intervals.
How long do treatments take?
Depending on the number of vessels treated and their location, treatments usually take several minutes.
Will the veins return after treatment?
Optimal results can be maintained only if you apply sunscreen on the treated area and avoid sun exposure. Over time it is possible for new veins to grow in, but these too can be erased.
Visible facial veins include: spider veins, telangiectasias, spider angiomas, and benign vascular lesions. Facial veins are dilated blood vessels. These veins are often located on the forehead, nose, cheeks, eyelids, neck, and upper chest. Visible facial veins are associated with sun exposure, aging, liver disease, steroid use, and radiation therapy. They may be prevented by the use of sunscreen. The best treatment for small visible veins is laser treatment. Lasers focus high energy light to be absorbed by the blood within the affected area. This light destroys the blood vessel, gradually restoring the skin’s natural appearance. Topical anesthesia or ice may be applied to vessel prior to laser treatment for maximum comfort. Lasers are safe, producing gradual results. Large veins may require multiple treatments for improvement, not full repair. Small veins require a single treatment for repair. Laser treatment has very few side effects. Temporary discoloration of the affected skin may result from treatments. This discoloration can last anywhere from 5-14 days depending on the location, size, and type of vein being treated. Blistering, crusting, or redness of the skin may also occur but clear within a few days. The use of sunscreen on the treated area is recommended for optimum results.