Facial veins are not a health threat. Yet their unsightly appearance, particularly in the cheek area, can lead to low self-esteem that can affect your career and personal relationships. Here are some common questions and answers about facial veins and their treatments.
What causes facial veins?
Facial veins are actually blood vessels that have become extremely dilated due to weakened fibers in the blood vessel walls. Most of them are miniature versions of varicose veins.
The occurrence of facial veins is influenced by a combination of factors: hormonal shifts (during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause), genetics, use of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and the presence of an underlying condition such as liver disease or an autoimmune disorder.
What treatments work against facial veins?
Laser technology is the standard treatment of choice for unsightly facial veins. Laser energy is delivered into the underlying skin and is absorbed by the targeted blood vessels causing a reaction that shrinks the blood vessel. Multiple sessions may be required to fully shrink the affected blood vessels.
Are facial vein treatments painful?
Most patients who have experienced laser treatments for facial veins report that the sensation as the pulses of energy interact with the skin is similar to a rubber band snap. Topical anesthesia may be used before treatment, if requested.
What is involved in recovery from laser treatments for facial veins?
Downtime is minimal. You can expect minor bruising, swelling, redness, and possible blistering. These side effects will likely fade in a week or two.
Call 518.346.0002 to learn more about facial vein treatments today.