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Large reticular vein along the cheekbone under the eye.

After ambulatory phlebectomy.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy on the Face | Varicose Vein Treatment

The two types of facial veins most often treated are the smaller spider veins and larger reticular veins. Spider veins usually appear as fine irregular red lines on the nose, cheeks and the side of the face. The larger reticular veins appear greenish blue in color and can be 2-3 mm in diameter. They are most often found along the cheekbone under the eye and at the temple areas. Reticular veins and large spider veins are best treated by ambulatory phlebectomy or sclerotherapy, while smaller spider veins are usually treated easily with LASER.

What causes facial veins?

We don't know all of the causes, but facial veins are often related to heredity, oral contraceptives, hormone therapy, sun exposure and the aging process. They may also be related to Rosacea which gives the skin a reddened appearance and is another treatable skin condition.

How do laser and light treatment work?

Today's new laser and light technology delivers precise dosages of light energy to each vein with minimal risk to the skin. We have both laser technology and IPL (intense pulsed light) devices to treat both visible veins and facial redness. This light is delivered through a special hand piece to the targeted vein or red skin area and is then absorbed by the blood vessels. The light absorption causes a thermocoagulation (or clogging) of the treated blood vessels and then these are slowly absorbed by the body so nothing visible remains.  View Video of Varicose Vein Treatments.

Laser or Light based treatments are best for spider veins. Larger veins (reticular or bulging veins) are best treated by phlebectomy or sclerotherapy.

Who can benefit from laser treatment for facial veins?
Prior to treatment we will review your medical history to determine how long you have had a problem with facial veins. We will need to determine your skin type and if you have had any prior treatments on your face. We will also discuss your objectives and fully explain the treatment and projected outcome.

What happens in a typical treatment? How will you feel during treatment?
You will be treated in a reclining position. Topical anesthetic is not required. Sclerotherapy and laser treatment is sometimes combined in the same session depending on the size of the veins.

How will you feel after treatment?

After laser treatment, discomfort is minimal. Your post-treatment appearance will vary depending on what type of treatment has been undertaken. After treatment with certain lasers some swelling, redness and on rare occasions, some minor blistering may occur.

When will you see results? What do you need to do after the treatment to ensure the best result?

After the treatment your skin will be red for a few days and you may also have some bruising and darkening of the veins. This normally resolves within 2-5 days. Sometimes blistering can occur but this normally heals within a week without intervention. Often the veins disappear immediately but in some cases it may take a number of weeks to do so.

How many sessions are necessary?

Normally only one procedure is necessary however in some cases i.e. 2-3 sessions may be necessary.