Facial Veins

Facial Veins

Facial Veins Laser Treatments

What are Facial Veins?

Facial veins are simply blood vessels that are close to the surface of your skin. They aren’t dangerous in any way. Visible facial veins are common, especially among women.

How do unwanted facial veins occur?

Facial veins occur when capillaries begin to pool blood, making the vein more noticeable. Poor circulation can cause the capillaries to dilate and fill with blood. Facial veins are also a sign of aging and damage to the skin, which also damages the capillaries. Your weight, genetics, how often you exercise, and how much you smoke can all affect whether or not you’ll have noticeable facial veins.

What type of methods are used to treat varicose veins?

Though there are some natural remedies for facial veins, none of them are super effective. The most effective treatments are laser therapy and lifestyle changes. Lasers can treat any visible veins you already have. Ensuring you get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, exercise, and follow a good skin care routine will help prevent additional facial veins.

What types of lasers are used for unwanted facial veins?

There are a few types of lasers that can treat facial veins. Most clinics carry major options such as Intense Pulsed Light Machine (IPL), Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL), and the gold standard Long Pulsed Nd:Yag Laser. The Dual Accento laser system  has gold standard technology of the long pulsed Nd:Yag 1064 nm laser wavelength which has the appropriate scientific laser properties to gently target and remove unwanted facial veins. Your doctor can help you choose the best laser option for your specific condition, size of the vein, color of the vein, and specific location. 

What are the benefits of laser facial vein removal?

Opting for laser therapy for vein removal carries several benefits. The biggest benefits are that laser therapy works quickly and is more comfortable than other treatment options. The results are usually more long lasting too. The face is a sensitive area, and lasers are a safe, non-invasive method that won’t further damage the skin.

Who is a good candidate for facial vein removal?

Generally, everyone can receive laser therapy for facial veins with no issues. However, patients who have blood diseases or other issues with bleeding may not be suitable for this treatment. A doctor will work with you to determine if you are healthy enough for the procedure.

What is the cost of laser facial vein treatment?

The cost will depend upon what type of laser is used during the treatment and how many sessions the patient needs. Pulsed Dye Laser treatment, for example, costs at least several hundred dollars and can cost as much as $2000. The size of the area to be treated will also likely affect the end price.

How many treatments will I need?

Most patients need somewhere between two to six treatments in order to achieve the desired results. Once the veins are removed, they should not need any further treatment. However, new veins can appear and would warrant additional sessions.

How long will each treatment take?

Laser therapy for facial veins usually takes around thirty minutes to an hour per sessions. However, the length depends upon the size of the area being treated. Since normally smaller surface areas on the face are treated, plan on around thirty minutes or so.

How far apart are treatments?

Treatments are usually four to six weeks apart to allow the skin time to rest. It is unlikely to have sessions scheduled any closer together. Your doctor will determine the schedule that’s best for you.

What should I expect before the treatment?

Before you have your first session, you should see your general doctor or a dermatologist. Your doctor will ask questions to help you determine the best specialist to see. If your dermatologist office does not have this laser treatment, they can refer you to a specialty clinic. Be sure to do research on your own prior to getting any laser treatments.

What should I expect after the treatment?

After your session is complete, your skin may appear redder. You may also notice small bumps under your skin, but these will fade quickly. Though rare, it is possible to experience slight bruising. Your facial veins will gradually begin to disappear. It normally takes two to four weeks for the veins to completely disappear.

How can I prepare for treatment?

Prior to having this treatment, you should avoid exposure to the sun and any drugs that serve as anticoagulants. Always wear sun protection and limit time outside. Do not place any skin care products over the veins on the day of your treatment.

How permanent is the treatment?

Laser therapy for facial veins is permanent, but only for the veins that are treated. While these veins will fade and eventually disappear, any new veins that appear will need to be treated separately.

Where can I go to find a treatment?

Dermatology clinics typically offer this treatment. There are also specialty cosmetic clinics that have various types of laser treatments.