Unwanted veins on the face are usually treated differently than those on the legs. Since the effects of gravity are not contributing to the formation of facial veins and capillaries, facial spider veins are generally smaller than those of the legs. It is therefore generally unnecessary to inject facial veins.
Facial veins are effectively treated with specialized light based procedures, including vascular laser treatments and broad spectrum pulse light treatments. The physicians at California Vein Specialists utilize a one mm spot size vascular laser to safely and effectively eliminate larger facial spider veins. Commonly treated areas include the nose, chin, and cheeks, as well as cherry red spots on the lips, chest, arms, and trunk. Because the treated area is only one millimeter per impulse, there is no unnecessary treatment of uninvolved surrounding skin, thus minimizing the occurrence of white spots due to hypopigmentation. Our effective laser treatment will usually eliminate facial veins in one or two treatments.
Elos based technology is also used to effectively treat small vessel disease of the face, including troublesome rosacea. An easily tolerated series of Aurora SR treatments is highly effective in strikingly reducing unwanted facial veins and the associated symptoms of flushing. Additionally, the treatments remove superficial pigmented lesions while restoring shine, luster and smoothness to the skin. The proprietary delivery of simultaneous light and radiofrequency energy causes the complexion to become more even and less blotchy, while stimulating collagen production with resulting reduction in fine lines and pore size.
Veinwave has been available in Europe for over ten years; the FDA has recently approved the Vein Wave for use in the USA. It was developed to treat the small fine spider veins that are resistant to sclerotherapy, using radiofrequency. Although microsclerotherapy is still the gold standard to treat spider veins, Vein wave is an excellent adjunct to these treatments, and especially when treating veins less than .3 mm. The vein wave also has an excellent track record for treating facial veins and nasal capillaries, and may become the new gold standard for treating facial veins. Vein wave produces it effect by thermocoagulation. It is generally very well tolerated without the need for topical anesthesia. It has an excellent safety profile; it can be used on the foot, ankle and areas inaccessible to sclerotherapy. Laser and intense pulse light systems have not been very effective and are often times dangerous. We now have a new way to treat the smallest veins on your body! I am very excited to introduce this new treatment modality to our practice.
- American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine
- American Board of Emergency Medicine
Professional Memberships and Accreditations
- Member, American College of Phlebology
- Diplomate, American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine
- Member, American Venous Forum
- Member, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
- Member, American Board of Emergency Medicine
- Fellow, American Board of Emergency Medicine