What can I do about spider veins on my face? (photo)
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Vein removal with IPL Limelight and PDL
Our office specializes in vein removal. I would suggest a combination of IPL Limelight and PDL laser to help reduce the blushing.
Facial spider veins
We often use the Veingogh device which uses a fine probe and electrical current to shut down these veins. This works great for these type of veins on all skin types and the person does not need to be out of the sun for periods of time like with laser. Otherwise, laser works well on these.
The tiny yet visible blood vessels in the superficial layer of the skin of your face, whe dilated, are called facial telengectasias ( telos = end + angeion= vesse + ektasis + a stretching out) . As you have discovered, they may occur in any region of the skin of your body but, aside from their undesired presence, alone, they do not typically cause any medical problems. There are some rare hereditary syndromes associated with telegenctasias but, in the majority of people, they are most commonly associated with UV light exposure (sun and tanning beds), female hormones (birth control and/or replacement therapy), and the natural aging process. I have noticed many women developing these tiny capillaries after microdermabrasion treatments of the face (typically women whom have blonde/red hair, blues, and are of light complexion) as well individuals following nasal surgery.
Fortunately, these tiny blood vessels on your face are both treatable and manageable.
Of all the treatments I have used and/or seen that are available, I have found that the most effective and safe results are achieved with the use of a vascular laser (Ny:YAG), that specifically targets the pigment hemoglobin in the blood circulating within the blood vessel. The energy absorbed from the laser results in the immediate closing of the vessel and no more blood circulating through it.
Treatments with this laser take just a few minutes, discomfort is minimal, downtime is not extensive, and the treatments are effective. Typically only one, but sometimes two, treatment is all that is required. The satisfaction rate with this treatment modality is usually very high.
The reality is that you should expect new ones to pop up in different areas at some point over your lifetime, but these are easily addressed too. Remember: never forget to use an effective sunscreen!
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Facial Vein Treatment
For small facial veins, I find laser treatments to be the most effective. To help reduce the appearance of further spider veins, avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear sunscreen, protective clothing, and hats.
Facial spider veins
There are many ways to treat facial spider veins including laser, IPL, radio frequency and for larger veins sclerotherapy. Your physician could determine which is best for you. Avoiding sun exposure would help to decrease their incidence. These veins, however, are a recurring problem.
Facial Spider Veins
Small facial spider veins are easily treated with a vascular laser. There is a very minimal recovery time and a very low risk of scarring. There is a strong likelihood you will develop more spider veins over time due to your genetics, and the laser treatment is truly "spot treatment" and not preventive.
Small spider veins are well treated with laser or radiofrequency devices. If the veins are larger than 1-2 mm, I prefer sclerotherapy. Sometimes laser treatments can take more than one session.
Genetics is a major factor. Over time you will probably need more treatments, but with some routine maintenance you should be able to keep them at bay.
Good luck to you.
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