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Facial Veins Treatment Specialist

Michael Kurzman, MD -  - General & Cosmetic Dermatology

Michael Kurzman, MD

General & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Rossville, Staten Island, NY

Spider veins and red blotches on the face affect millions of people. While they may not be medical emergencies, many of our patients would like to be rid of these unattractive and sometimes embarrassing distractions to their natural beauty. Our advanced technologies enable us to treat these facial spider veins safely, easy, and effectively.

Facial Veins Treatment Q & A

What causes facial veins?

They are often related to heredity, oral contraceptives, hormone therapy, sun exposure or the aging process. They may also be related to rosacea, another treatable skin condition.

How do the treatments work?

Today’s new light and laser technology deliver precise dosages of energy to each vein, with a minimal risk to the skin. During these treatments, light energy is delivered through a special handpiece to the targeted veins. The energy is then absorbed by the blood vessels. The heat/energy absorption causes clogging of the blood vessels. The clogged vessel is then slowly absorbed by the body.

Will the treatments work on your face?

We will need to determine your skin type and if you have had any prior skin treatments on your face. We will also discuss your objectives and fully explain your treatment and projected outcome.

Do facial vein treatments hurt?

Most patients describe the sensation to be like that snap of a rubber band on the skin as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. After treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.

How many treatments will I need?

Typically, multiple treatments are necessary to achieve optimal results. Tiny pink and red vessels usually require two to three treatments to achieve acceptable results. Veins that are darker or purplish are usually more difficult to remove and require more treatments. Treatments are spaced at four to six-week intervals.

How long do treatments take?

Depending on the number of vessels treated and their location, treatments usually take several minutes.

Will the veins return after treatment?

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

Are these treatments safe?

Yes. Lasers and advanced light systems have been used safely for millions of treatments worldwide. These systems treat only the targeted vessels, leaving the surround tissue intact. However, some bruising or redness may occur. The risk if scarring is small.

What will my recovery be like?

After treatment with certain lasers or light system some swelling, redness and on rare occasions some minoring blistering may occur. Following treatment with a laser, some bruising may appear around the treated areas. This will fade away in about 2 weeks. Following any treatment, your skin may feel tender for several days. You should follow your doctor’s instructions, avoid any harsh skin cleanser, and use sunscreen.