Tiny Red Facial Veins - What Treatment is Best?

Are there any age restrictions, and how much downtime is needed after each procedure?

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How do you treat facial blushing ?

Facial blushing is best treated with intense pulse light (IPL) therapy. More distinct and discernible veins (telangiectasias or capillaries) are treated with long pulse wave lasers. 

Buffalo Phlebologist
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Find a clinic that does KTP treatments

KTP is the name of the crystal used to double the frequency of  a 1064nm Nd:YAG laser and hence the wavelength is 532nm. 

This laser works exceptionally well for tiny (<1mm) blood vessels on the nose and cheek.  You should expect removal of the lesions in 1-2 treatments but you will also likely have to repeat them in a few years given  your genetic predisposition.


Craig Crippen, MD
Kelowna Physician

Red faces can be helped

Fortunately, there are many devices that can help red faces and tiny red blood vessels on the face.  Intense pulsed light is very helpful when done by experienced licensed medical providers .  Various kinds of lasers (especially pulsed dye, Nd-Yag, and KTP) lasers are also very helpful.  The skill and experience of the provider, especially with your skin type, is key.  

Margaret Weiss, MD
Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
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Facial Veins

There are a number of modalities that can correct facial veins including ipl and erbium laser,  The key is to diagnose the problem and have an option on the modality to be used.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Safe Effective Lasers for Facial Veins at Any Age

Blood vessels on the face can be effectively treated with a number of different lasers.  In my office, I routinely use PDL, IPL, KTP and Nd:Yag, depending on the size of the blood vessels involved.  Dermatologists have treated blood vessel types of birthmarks in children as young as 1-2 years of age-- it is safe and there is no age restrictions. 

In terms of downtime, that depends on the type of laser and the settings used.  In general, you should expect at least some swelling and redness to last for 3-5 days.  Occasionally, you may get some mild bruising that may take a week to resolve.  Most patients will need 2-5 treatments for optimal improvement, scheduled about 1 month apart.

Margaret Mann, MD
Cleveland Dermatologic Surgeon
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Treatment for small facial veins

Small facial veins are most easily treated with lasers. There are several types of lasers for these veins.
  • KTP laser (532)
  • Nd:Yg laser (1064)
  • Pulsed Dye Lasers (may work)
  • IPL (may work)
KTP lasers are immediate and extremely effective. Nd:Yg lasers work well also. IPL and pulsed dye laser treatments may work but are not as effective as the other two modalities.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Red Vessels on the Nose, Cheeks, and Face

Red blood vessels on the face can be a benign condition arising from:

  • Rosacea
  • Hyperhidrosis - Sympathetic system
  • Sun Damage
  • Telangiectasia
  • Vascular lesions such as hemangioma or port wine stain

Our office treats these lesions by first identifying the source of the problem. The lasers used to treat these conditions include an ND-Yag or Pulse Dye Laser.


Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Nose spider veins

Veinwave is the best. RFA thermocoagulation device.  Most of the time it requires one treatment.

Timothy Mountcastle, MD
Ashburn Plastic Surgeon
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