Spider veins are small blood vessels that are close to the surface of your skin. They often appear as red or purple threads on the nose, cheeks, chin and chest and are most often caused by the natural process of aging. However, they may also be caused by exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun, trauma to the skin such as an injury and by genetics. Facial spider veins are considered to be unsightly and many people use makeup to cover them. Fortunately, they can be removed with laser treatments.
Lasers are considered the most effective treatment for spider veins on the face or chest. Lasers have been used for decades to treat skin issues, and laser technology has advanced in the past 10 years to be even more precise, safe and effective. Laser treatment can target facial spider veins and red marks without damaging the surrounding skin. The laser light wave turns to heat when it interacts with the vein or blood vessel and seals it closed.
After treatment, the veins may look darker for a few days, but they gradually start to fade and eventually disappear. The treated area may also become slightly red and swollen, but this can be treated with cold compresses and will reduce after a few hours. Most patients return to work or normal daily activities the same day or the next day.
It may take about four weeks for the veins to be completely absorbed by the body and disappear. For the best results, it is often recommended to schedule a series of treatment sessions. The treated area should be well-protected from the sun in between treatments with sunscreen and by wearing a hat.
Laser treatment for facial spider veins can be done on most skin types. You may be a good candidate if you have red or purple branching veins on your face that you try to conceal. Spider veins are also a sign of aging, so when they are removed, you may have a more youthful appearance.
During a consultation with our specialist, you can ask questions about your skin issues and learn about your treatment options. You may be asked about previous surgeries and medical conditions as well as any allergies you have or medications you are taking. You can also ask about downtime and after care.
Using laser for spider vein removal on your face is a safe and effective treatment option. You may be pleasantly surprised at how much your appearance improves once you have clear skin again. The treatment is suitable for both men and women.