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Facial Veins

Quick Info
Delivers precise dosages of energy to each vein
Minimal risk to the skin
Energy is absorbed by the blood vessels

Question

What causes facial veins and red spots on the body?

Answer

We do not know all of the causes, but they are often related to heredity, oral contraceptives, hormone therapy, sun exposure or the aging process. They may also be related to rosacea, another treatable skin condition.

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How do the treatments work?

Answer

Today’s new light and laser technology delivers precise dosages of energy to each vein, with a minimal risk to the skin. During these treatments, light energy is delivered through a special handpiece to the targeted vein. The energy is then absorbed by the blood vessels. The heat/energy absorption causes a thermocoagulation (clogging) of the blood vessel. The clogged vessel is then slowly absorbed by the body.

Question

What will my recovery be like?

Answer

Postoperative discomfort is minimal. Your postoperative appearance will vary depending on what type of treatment your doctor selects for your condition. After treatment with certain lasers or light systems some swelling, redness and on rare occasions, some minor blistering may occur. Following treatment with a pulsed-dye laser, some bruising may appear around the treated areas. This can be covered with make-up if desired and will fade away in about two weeks.

Question

Do facial vein treatments hurt?

Answer

Most patients describe the sensation to be like the snap of a rubber band on the skin as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Some patients opt to have a topical anesthesia. After treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.

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How many treatments will I need?

Answer

Typically, multiple treatments are necessary to achieve optimal results. Tiny pink and red vessels usually require two to three treatments to achieve acceptable results. Veins that are darker or purplish are usually more difficult to remove, and require more treatments. Treatments are spaced at four to six week intervals.

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How long do treatments take?

Answer

Depending on the number of vessels treated and their location, treatments usually take several minutes.

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Will the veins return after treatment?

Answer

Optimal results can be maintained only if you apply sunscreen on the treated area and avoid sun exposure. Over time it is possible for new veins to grow in, but these too can be erased.

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Are these treatments safe?

Answer

Yes. Lasers and advanced light systems have been used safely for millions of treatments worldwide.


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