Facial spider veins are broken blood vessels that are distended and become visible on the face. Spider veins on the face, or facial telangiectasia, can appear blue, red or purple and are usually the result of aging, sun damage, hereditary factors, injury, allergic reactions or hormonal shifts. While spider veins may not necessarily be harmful, they can cause frustration, embarrassment, and self-consciousness. Some patients may also suffer from a common condition known as rosacea, which commonly appears as fine veins and blushing on the cheeks and may be exacerbated when exposed to triggers such as stress, alcohol or spicy foods.
Treatment of small, fine, thread-like veins on the face:
At California Vein Specialists, we offer Veinwave for the treatment of small, fine, thread-like veins on the face. This is a revolutionary new technique used to effectively eliminate small spider veins. A tried and tested solution from Europe, Veinwave has also been FDA-cleared and is used by physicians around the world to treat thread veins on the face. Veinwave has been praised for its proven success and has recently become the treatment of choice for facial spider veins and facial telangiectasia. Treatments involve minimal discomfort, and Veinwave is often the preferred alternative to dermal lasers and light-based therapies. Veinwave targets only the vein, so burning of the skin and hypo and hyper pigmentation are not an issue.
The Veinwave treatment uses radiofrequency energy to safely and effectively eliminate the fine veins. This technique draws on a process of thermocoagulation, which calls on high-frequency energy waves to heat the vein, causing the vessel to collapse and vanish. The procedure was developed to treat small spider veins that could not be corrected by sclerotherapy injections.
How is the Procedure Performed?
This technique allows Dr. Leary to pinpoint the target veins and ablate them in small, efficient movements. Some patients have related the sensation to a warm pinprick, while others compare it to a minor sting that does not linger. Veinwave is a non-invasive and comfortable procedure that does not require any anesthesia. Depending on the extent of treatment required, the process may take less than 15 minutes to perform and requires no downtime.
What to Expect After a Veinwave Treatment
Veinwave treatments are relatively painless, and there should be no risk of significant bruising, scarring or pigmentation after the procedure. The results of the procedure are instant, so you should see the veins vanishing immediately after treatment. Patients with sensitive skin may experience minor redness, though this usually disappears within a few hours to a few days. Some patients, however, leave the procedure without any visible side effects.
After your Veinwave treatment, it is recommended that you avoid sun exposure for a few days and use sunscreen to protect the treated area. A few days after treatment, you may see small micro-crusts (scratch-like marks) appear at the treatment sites. This effect is normal and will disappear naturally in a day or two without special care.
*this patient was treated with 3 sclerotherapy injections.
Results of the Veinwave Procedure
Results of the Veinwave treatment are highly rewarding and can transform the appearance of the face. The procedure will eliminate veins and the associated symptoms of redness and flushing for a smoother and clearer complexion. The Veinwave technique will permanently remove spider veins on the face within 1-3 sessions. While it is possible for new spider or thread veins to develop, these can also be easily treated and successfully eliminated.
Treatment of large veins on the face:
Prominent veins on the face present an undesired cosmetic issue for many patients. The veins which represent a cosmetic concern are usually on the forehead, temporal and suborbital regions. These veins often dilate when laughing, straining or smiling. They usually have a blue, green or purple appearance and can sometimes bulge.
Use of laser is usually ineffective for these veins, especially for the large forehead veins and the large temporal veins. Micro-phlebectomy, using a small incision and small hook can be effective in removing these veins but usually causes more bruising and trauma to the area than necessary. Also scarring can develop from the incision.
Foam sclerotherapy for these prominent veins is California Vein Specialists’ preferred method of removal and is extremely effective and safe when done by a physician who is experienced and has knowledge of the facial anatomy. Our doctors are very experienced in these foam techniques for facial veins. A typical treatment plan may take a few sessions, but there is no scarring and provides excellent results.
Schedule a Vein Exam Today
Whether you have smaller spider veins or larger veins on your face, most of these are treatable and you definitely have safe, non invasive options. At California Vein Specialists, we are committed to achieving excellent and highly satisfying results for our patients. Led by expert vein specialist Dr. Michael Leary, our practice provides minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment for patients with various vein diseases, conditions and concerns, from bulging varicose veins and venous ulcers to minor cosmetic spider veins. With the latest techniques and high-quality patient care, we perform treatments to help patients achieve natural-looking veins and better vein health.
With over two decades of experience, Dr. Leary has established himself as one of the leading vein specialists in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. He has extensive experience working with a variety of vein conditions and is the preferred specialist for many doctors, athletes, and celebrities in Southern California. His proven skill and expertise allow him to personalize each treatment according to the individual needs and concerns of each patient. Dr. Leary also works closely with other medical specialists and vein doctors to ensure seamless and successful procedures. If you are seeking to eliminate spider veins on the face or you would like to know more about your treatment options, schedule a vein exam today by calling us at 949-515-9377.