A Blue Temple Vein. Laser? Sclerotherapy? Risks?

I have a blue temple vein going from my hair line to the corner of my eyebrow and I'm trying to decide the best treatment. Some are saying Laser and some are saying Sclerotherapy? With Sclerotherapy there is said to be risks to vision? How true is this? and with Laser there is said to be risks to the skin? Burning and brusing?

Doctor Answers 5

Laser For Temple Veins

As a vein therapy expert, I use the long pulsed Nd:YAG CoolTouch Varia laser to treat unwanted facial veins. Sclerotherapy is best for varicose veins on the legs. Sclerotherapy to the face has the risk of causing ulcers. When the laser treatment is performed by an experienced dermatologist, there is little risk to the skin.

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Both work.

I have been doing sclerotherapy of facial veins for years with excellent cosmetic results and with never a visual complication.  There are many published articles as well as chapters of books written on facial sclerotherapy and its technique.  Anything that we do has the potential for complications.  As you mentioned both sclerotherapy and laser can have side effects and both work.  The procedure recommended by the treating physician is often the one which he/she has most experience and training.  That is not to say that one is better than the other.

John Landi, MD
Naples General Surgeon
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Blue vein on temple - laser versus sclerotherapy

Hi Jim,
  While sclerotherapy is the gold-standard treatment for treating unsightly leg veins, it is not something that is commonly used - nor should it be - to treat veins on your temples. Your best bet would be a laser treatment of the blue veins with an Nd:YAG laser (1064 nanometer wavelength). You may experience some minimal bruising in the treated areas immediately after the treatment. But, usually, bruising is not a major concern. Also, make sure to choose someone who has lots of experience using lasers, as, if the laser parameters are not set correctly (i.e. they are too high in terms of the energy/fluence), it can burn the skin and cause permanent marks/scars. But, with a good laser and an experienced physician, you can have excellent results.
Hope this helps!

Monika Kiripolsky, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Temple Veins - Sclerotherapy or Laser ? Buffalo Niagara, NY

Temple veins (< 2mm) can be safely treated with laser (ND YAG).

Other options for larger veins include microphlebectomy or sclerotherapy or both. 

An evaluation with an experienced vein specialist is best before a decision is made as to which techniques to use - depends on size, distribution, location, depth and skin thickness, among others. 

Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Buffalo Phlebologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Blue Temple Veins

I feel that a vascular laser such as the Yag laser is safer than sclerotherapy.You may need to have a series of treatments, and the vein may reoccur with time. Sometimes, it is easier to cover up the vein by injecting Juvederm over the vein, into the skin to cover the vein.

Gail Nield, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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