Facial Vein Treatments

Created: 25 August 2011 | Written by Dr. Wilson for Citrus County Chronicle

People often seek treatment for facial veins because, unlike spider and varicose veins on the body, facial spider veins are not easily concealed. Facial veins are simply dilated blood vessels living close to the surface of the skin. They can vary in size, shape, and color. Makeup can help diminish their appearance, however, the reddish or purplish hues are often still noticeable. Facial vein treatments are considered cosmetic treatments, not medical treatments, as facial veins do not present any of the medical symptoms associated with varicose veins or other venous disorders. Facial veins are most commonly seen on the: cheeks, chin, nose, forehead, eyelids, and neck.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) facial vein treatment is a non-invasive spider vein laser treatment for facial telangiectasia, reticular veins, rosacea, and a full range of other benign lesions. IPL eliminates facial veins and veins from the body using the heat energy from IPL to selectively target the abnormal facial veins while leaving the healthy surrounding skin undisturbed. In addition to removing unwanted facial spider veins and vascular lesions, IPL provides dramatic results for a variety of conditions including:

  • Age Spots
  • Sun-Damaged Skin
  • Rosacea
  • Telangiectasia
  • Reticular Veins
  • Birthmarks
  • Acne Scarring
  • Skin Blemishes

A typical treatment for facial veins with IPL can last from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Prior to a facial vein treatment, the area is cleansed to remove any oils present on the skin, and a topical desensitizing gel is applied and given time to take effect. Using a hand-held device, a medical provider delivers gentle pulses of light to the affected facial spider veins or lesions. IPL laser treatment for facial veins targets abnormal lesions or spider veins beneath the skin while leaving the healthy skin surface undisturbed.

Most individuals describe the IPL facial vein treatment to be very tolerable, with the feeling of having a series of rubber bands snapped on the skin.

Recovery from IPL Facial Vein Treatment:
Following the facial vein treatment, most people are able to return to work and resume most activities immediately. Some very slight redness and swelling is normal and dissipates in several hours. Generally, treated facial spider veins will at first darken and then begin to lighten and eventually fade away completely. The healing process can take anywhere from two weeks to a month.

Small superficial facial veins diminish nicely with IPL facial vein laser treatments. Depending on the severity of the facial veins, multiple treatments, scheduled at least one month apart may be necessary to achieve the desired results.

IPL Facial Vein Insurance Coverage:
In most cases, IPL facial vein laser treatments are performed for cosmetic purposes and; therefore, the fee for the treatment is usually not covered by health insurance. IPL facial vein treatments are available as packages, making a series of treatments very affordable for most women and men.


IPL Facial Vein Treatment: Does IPL Facial Vein Treatment provide permanent results?
Because Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Facial Vein Treatments are completely noninvasive, results are seen gradually. The number of facial vein treatments needed depends upon the severity of facial spider veins and the area being treated. Generally, multiple treatments scheduled one month apart will produce the desired results.

Are there any risks associated with IPL facial vein treatment?
The risks associated with IPL facial vein treatments are minimal -- the laser may cause redness and inflammation to the treated area. Facial vein treatments with IPL are completely non-invasive and requires no downtime. Normal daily activities can be resumed immediately following treatment. It is recommended that sunscreen be worn daily as the treated area will be sensitive to UV rays.

What are the alternative treatments to IPL facial vein treatments?
IPL facial vein treatment is the recommended treatment for facial spider veins, facial telangiectasia, reticular veins, rosacea, etc.


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