Commonly referred to as spider veins, facial veins are vessels near the surface of the skin that show up most predominantly on the nose, cheeks, chin and underneath the eyes. Often bright blue or red, these networks of vessels appear in clusters giving a flushed appearance in the majority of cases. Facial veins consist of radiating lines that extend from a central core and for many, this pattern presents a significant cosmetic concern. While these vein patterns do not disappear on their own, patients who suffer from this condition will often consider spider vein treatment as an option for reducing or removing the appearance of facial veins.
While there are a number of causes linked to the appearance of facial veins, sun exposure is often pointed to as a primary cause. Those with fair skin pigmentation are more susceptible to harmful UV rays and therefore more likely to experience the development of facial veins. Experts have attributed natural aging to the appearance of facial veins as well as pre-determined genetic codes. Those who suffer from skin conditions such as rosacea or acne may be more prone to prominent facial veins as well.
Limited exposure to the sun is a proactive method of preventing the development of facial veins. Simple solutions such as regularly applying sunscreen and wearing a sun hat when extended periods outdoors are anticipated is a good way to reduce the potential for facial veins. Those that suffer from Rosacea are encouraged to seek regular treatment for this condition which can provoke the development of facial veins over time if left unattended.
Advancements in the field of cosmetic vein treatment means patients have a number of options when it comes to removing and treating facial veins. While treatment methods require various approaches to reducing the appearance of facial veins, the commonality between these modern methods is the elimination of invasive techniques that require extensive recovery periods.
For some patients, sclerotherapy is a preferred treatment options for eliminating facial veins that show primarily as blue lines around the temples and eyes. Using strategic points of entry, an experienced vein specialist will inject sclerosant into the problematic veins. This medicinal solution safely collapses the veins without affecting surrounding veins or tissue.
Patients concerned with the appearance of red facial veins are often presented with the option to undergo VeinWave treatment or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment. VeinWave is a safe and efficient option with highly successful results and virtually no associated recovery time. This method utilizes a concentrated point of heat delivered with the assistance of a radiofrequency device to collapse and close the problematic veins. Similarly, IPL uses high frequency light to collapse and close veins in the affected areas. Requiring only minimal recovery time, the effects of IPL do not extend to tissue or veins surrounding the treated area.
VeinWave and IPL are considered highly safe procedures, but as with all cosmetic treatments, come with a minimal risk of pigment alternation or scarring. These side effects are most commonly seen in patients with darker skin tones. Sclerotherapy of facial veins has a bit more risk than sclerotherapy on the legs or hands; however, it is still a low risk spider vein treatment that can be safely done with an experienced vein specialist.
Patients considering laser treatment options for facial veins can expect the procedure to be carried out in the comfort of the attending physician’s office and last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. During treatment, the patient’s eyes will be covered safely and securely. A small handheld device or probe will be used to administer the laser treatment and some patients liken the discomfort during the procedure to a sensation as minimal as a light rubber band snap. Those patients looking to eliminate unpleasant sensations altogether will be offered the opportunity to utilize numbing cream on the affected areas prior to the procedure.
As a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, laser treatment options for facial veins means a quick and painless recovery for patients. At most, patients may experience mild swelling and redness that will fully disappear within 7-10 days after the procedure is completed.
Those considering facial vein treatment will want to call and schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Thomas Wright at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center. Creating a treatment plan that is personalized to individual patient needs is imperative for successful results. An initial consultation allows patients to ask questions about treatment methods and work cooperatively with their physician to create a plan they are comfortable with. The cost of facial vein treatment fluctuates depending on the size of the area being treated. An initial consultation gives patients the opportunity to understand the cost of the procedure before it ever takes place. Contact us today to start discussing your many options.