The thin spidery red or blue veins that are visible on your face may not affect your health, but they can have a lasting effect on your self-esteem. Visible facial veins can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Luckily, visible spider veins on the face are relatively easy to treat.
Treatment Options Available for Visible Facial Veins
Treating spider veins on the face is different than treating visible veins on the arms and legs. The thinner skin makes some treatment options less effective or puts you at a higher risk to experience side effects from the treatment.
Some of the spider vein treatment options that have proven effective in reducing or eliminating the appearance of veins on the face, cheeks, nose, and chin include:
- Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT)
- Minimally invasive laser therapy
Laser therapy, such as EVLT, and Veinwave tend to be the treatment that is most commonly used for visible veins on the face. These treatment options are the most commonly used because they are extremely effective, minimally invasive, and can usually be completed in one or two office visits.
Sclerotherapy, a popular treatment for varicose veins, can be used for spider veins, but typically it isn’t used for visible spider veins on the face. Healthcare professionals don’t use sclerotherapy on the face because people tend to flinch or move around when the thin needle comes near them. One small movement can cause the treatment to be ineffective because the needle was not properly inserted into the vein.
What Treatment Option is Right for Me?
Every person is different when it comes to treating facial veins. The treatment that works for one person may not work for another.
Some of the factors that must be considered when trying to determine what treatment option will work for you include:
- Health history
- Cause of the spider veins
- Skin Tone
- Skin sensitivity
- Availability – some treatment can be completed in a single while others may require multiple office visits over several weeks
A specialist who works at a vein clinic can help provide an assessment of your individual case and determine what treatment options may provide you with the best results. If you live in the New Jersey area consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Dietzek at the Vein & Vascular Institute.
Dr. Dietzek is a board-certified vascular surgeon and vein specialist. He will be able to assess your individual case and provide you with treatment recommendations that will help dramatically reduce the appearance of facial veins. Call the Vein & Vascular Institute today to request an appointment with Dr. Dietzek.