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Facial Vein Treatments Los Angeles

Although superficial facial veins are harmless, they are often a setback to a flawless or great complexion. Facial spider veins and thread veins are most common around the cheeks and nose. Reticular veins (dilated bluish vein, usually from 1 mm to less than 3 mm in diameter) on the other hand, are usually found along the cheekbones and temples, under the eyes, around the mouth or across the jawline.

Among the many causes that lead to the development of facial spider veins, exposure to the damaging ultraviolet Sun rays is the single most important cause. Consequently, fair-skinned people of northern European origin are more likely to develop them than dark-skinned people.

Facial veins are considered cosmetic in nature and their treatment is not covered by insurance plans.


*Individual results may vary.

Lasers Vs Sclerotherapy for Facial Vein Treatment

Thanks to advancement in medicine and science, you no longer have to cover or hide your facial veins and under eye blue veins with concealers. Among the many available vein removal techniques, light-based vein treatments are by far the most commonly used ones for treating facial veins. These therapies use either laser beams or intense pulse light (IPL). Both target the hemoglobin in the blood vessels and destroy the vessels by generating heat. Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is similar to laser therapy, except that it uses broadband light instead of focused monochromatic (single wavelength) light.

Facial veins have certain characteristics that make them particularly suitable for light-based treatments. Unlike leg veins, facial spider veins are usually of the low-pressure variety. Moreover, they are quite similar to each other in size, depth, and color. Accordingly, these veins respond more uniformly to a particular laser setting. More importantly, light-based treatments restrict the damage to the targeted sections of the veins. Consequently, the damage does not extend to nearby tissues.

Sclerotherapy injection treatment of facial veins, especially the blue veins around the eye, on the other hand, is not very safe. It carries the uncommon but serious possibility of the injected solution traveling into the network of veins inside the skull, As a result, the ophthalmic artery may be damaged with the possibility of vision loss.

Facial Veins Laser and IPL Treatments

Dr. R. Dishakjian, the phlebologist and cosmetic surgeon of the center, uses Cutera’s long-pulsed Nd: YAG laser equipped with a contact copper cooling tip for treating the visible facial spider and reticular veins. This Laser is one of the best in the industry in terms of ease of use, power, safety, flexibility, and efficacy. Moreover, it can be optimized for visible facial vessels of any size, color.

Dr. Dishakjian has successfully treated the temporal and under eye blue veins of hundreds of patients using the Nd: YAG laser. Usually, patients need only one treatment and the results are truly amazing. Visit our Instagram site to watch our videos and the before/after photos.

During a treatment session, you will be wearing protective goggles and seated in a comfortable position.  Combination of the effective cooling system of the laser and routine use of topical anesthetic cream keep the discomfort of the procedure to a minimum level, In addition, cooling dramatically reduces the risk for skin burn, wounds, blisters, and ulcerations.


The under eye blue veins of a patient treated with one laser treatment session by Dr. Dishakjian of Nu Vela in Los Angeles
*Individual results may vary.

Very fine and microscopic facial spider veins, on the other hand, are best treated with Sciton’s Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment. This technique, incidentally, is also the ideal treatment for facial Rosacea; an inflammatory condition characterized by episodic flushing of the facial skin, often lasting for several hours. Persistent redness of the skin with bumps, pimples and visibly dilated blood often indicates the progression of the disease.


*Individual results may vary.


Spider vein treatment with laser

The large sapphire window of Cutera’s Excell V laser allows the doctor to see the blood vessel response while treating it.

Sciton's BBL hand piece for treating fine spider veins

Sciton’s BBL handpiece being used for treating fine facial veins.

The VeinGogh stylus

The VeinGogh stylus delivering a tiny, regulated, high-frequency current.

Number of Treatment Sessions, Recovery and Results

Facial vein treatment with light-based therapies may require several sessions and can take several weeks before the full effect of the treatment is realized. For instance, a network of finer vessels around the nose may require several treatment sessions. Larger bluish reticular veins, such as the veins under the eyes or on the temples, on the other hand, commonly require a single session.

Recovery time depends on the extent of the treatment and the individual’s capacity to heal. After the laser therapy, the vessels underneath the skin will gradually disappear within a week in most cases. Once complete clearance is achieved, wearing sunscreen helps prevent the appearance of new veins. Most patients report a high degree of satisfaction with the procedure and relief at no longer having to conceal the unsightly veins.


*Individual results may vary.

Safety and Side Effects of IPL and Laser Treatment of Facial Veins

Individuals with facial veins need to be evaluated prior to laser treatment to avoid uneven skin coloration. This may happen especially in people with darker skin tones.

Laser therapy of reticular (blue) veins around the eyes can be safely performed as long as the laser beam can be restricted to a safe zone outside of the eye socket (orbital rim).

Other side effects of laser treatment of facial veins can include pain (similar to a rubber band snap) and darkened skin. Temporary purpura (purple pigmentation of the skin similar to bruising) is another side effect.

Fortunately, compared to other areas of the body, the healing process of the facial skin is much faster. The purpura resolves in a matter of days, and occasional pigmentation or scars heal in a short time. Darkened skin, on the other hand, can often be successfully treated with a bleaching cream.

IPL spider vein treatment is gentler than laser treatment, and accordingly, the side effects mentioned above are less common.

Facial Veins Veinwave and VeinGogh Treatments

Veinwave and VeinGogh are the other options for clearing fine vessels left behind after laser and sclerotherapy. These are often used for eliminating small clusters of spider veins, and fine broken vessels on sensitive areas like the cheeks and nose.

Veinwave and VeinGogh are technologically similar. Both use a device like a stylus to deliver precisely controlled pulses of microwave energy. When the hair-thin tip of the device is inserted just under the skin, but above a blood vessel and an energy burst is applied, the targeted vein collapses immediately. There is minimal pain and the skin around the vein is not affected. This process is referred to as ohmic thermolysis. The collapsed vein is eventually absorbed by the body. Within minutes after the session, you can resume your everyday activities without bandages. Any occasional bruising should disappear within a few hours.

Questions about Cost or the Treatment?

Our receptionist will be delighted to assist you with any inquiries regarding cost, additional information, or scheduling a consultation session with Dr. Dishakjian, the vein specialist and cosmetic surgeon of the center.