Facial veins are very common, and it’s also extremely common for patients to want to get rid of them. Here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating facial veins in San Diego. With a variety of lasers we are also able to safely, easily and effectively treat facial spider veins, also known as telangiectasias. All of our doctors are experts with the most innovative lasers and will provide you with the best treatment possible.

spider vein treatment la jollaWhat are facial veins?

Facial veins, or telangiectasias, are blood vessels that have dilated due to a weakening of the fibers in the blood vessel walls. Visible facial veins tend to appear on the cheeks and nose, but can also present on the chin, temples, and/or forehead. While they are fairly common as we age, certain factors may put you at an increased risk for having visible veins, such as the following:

How do treatments work?

Lasers are the most effective treatment for erasing veins on the face. Lasers deliver precise dosages of energy to each vein, with minimal risk to the surrounding skin. During the treatment, light energy is delivered through a special handpick to the targeted vein. Then the energy is absorbed by the blood vessels. The heat and energy absorption causes the blood vessel clog and is slowly absorbed by the body.

There is little to no discomfort after the laser treatments. In some cases patients may experience some swelling, redness or blistering, and the skin might feel tender for a few days. However, applying ice to the treated area can help to minimize swelling and inflammation. Our doctors will answer any post procedure questions you may have.

Treatment Benefits

  • Safe, effective treatment for unwanted veins
  • Painless procedure
  • Safe for most skin types
  • Alternative to sclerotherapy

Lasers For Treatment

San Diego laser Vein removal experts At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology we own multiple lasers, which ensures that we have the right laser to treat each patient’s individual needs. The following lasers are used to treat veins on the face:

PDL/Nd:Yag combination

  • Cynergy

Nd:Yag long pulsed dye lasers

  • Cool Touch Varia
  • Appogee Elite
  • Cynergy

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

  • Lumenis One

Pulse Dye Lasers (PDL)

  • Vbeam or Vstar

CTEV (Intravascular Laser)

  • The laser is actually put inside of the veins to treat it.  It is a very advanced technique which Dr. Goldman helped develop.

While all of the different laser can seem confusing at first, don’t worry! Your doctor will be able to choose the most appropriate laser for you.  We just want to show you that we have all of the possible lasers you might need, so no matter what your individual situation is we will be able to treat you.

CoolTouch™ Varia Treatment

While there are several different types of lasers that can be used to treat facial veins, one of the best treatments for facial veins is called CoolTouch™ Varia. The CoolTouch Varia is a non-invasive long-pulsed laser procedure in which the experienced dermatologist can specifically target the unwanted veins without damaging the surrounding tissue. This state-of-the-art laser is effective at targeting small, thin veins as well as deeper, dark veins and there is no downtime after treatment.

When your San Diego dermatologist uses the laser, he or she will target the specific problem areas with the light. Following, the blood vessels will then absorb that light energy, stop working, and be slowly absorbed by your body. The result? No more visible facial veins! 

Watch Our Doctors Treat Facial Spider Veins

CoolTouch Varia and Facial Veins FAQs

Our San Diego dermatologists know how annoying facial veins can be and it’s often hard to know where to go for help. To help make this process easier, they have answered some frequently asked questions for you.

Q: How can I prevent facial veins?

A: Our #1 recommendation for preventing veins is to protect your skin from the sun. Wear sunscreen on your face daily and avoid long sun exposure. Also, for patients suffering from rosacea, it’s important to treat the rosacea as soon as possible and be consistent in your treatments to help prevent the development of visible facial veins.

GBK-NDyag-2b-medium-Q: How long does the CoolTouch Varia treatment take?

A: CoolTouch Varia laser treatments are typically performed in short 20-30 minute sessions, meaning you can get treatment for your facial veins in San Diego on your lunch break!

Q: How many sessions will I need?

A: The amount of sessions needed to produce the desired result will vary from patient to patient depending on their unique situation. When getting laser treatment for veins, though, patients are usually highly satisfied with 2-3 sessions.

Q: Is facial vein treatment painful?

A: The pain associated with the laser treatment of facial veins is minimal. Patients will experience a snapping sensation as the laser hits their skin, but there is typically no lingering pain, with most patients returning to normal activity right after treatment. Our doctors are happy to discuss with you any concerns you may have about pain during your consultation.

Q: Is CoolTouch Varia safe for any skin tone?

A: Yes! Because of its cutting-edge technology and how it specifically targets only the unwanted vein, the CoolTouch Varia laser is one of the safest for all skin tones.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does it take to do a treatment?

A: Treatment sessions for veins are generally set for a fixed amount of time, usually 20-30 minute sessions.

Q: How many treatments does it take to see results?

A: The number of treatments can vary based on several factors including the size and depth of the vein. Usually multiple treatments (2-5) are require to produce pleasing results.

Q: What causes facial veins?

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

Q: What are spider veins?

A: Spider veins are very small and usually red or blue in color.  They are much closer to the surface compared to varicose veins.  They can look like a thin red line, tree branches or a spider web.  Spider veins can be found on the legs, face, and may cover a small or large area.

Q: Do facial vein treatments hurt?

A: In general pain is minimal. Many patients say the laser treatment feels like the snap of a rubber band on the skin as the pulses of energy are delivered. If you want, a topical anesthetic can be applied to further reduce the amount of pain. After the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.

Q: Will the veins return after a laser treatment?

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

Q: Are laser treatments safe on the face?

A: Yes, lasers have been used safely for millions of treatments worldwide. Laser systems treat only the targeted vessels, leaving the surrounding tissue intact.

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