What Can I Do About Facial Veins?

Here’s a question for you: Do you know anyone who doesn’t want baby-smooth, just-got-back-from-Hawaii, radiant skin?

Yeah, neither do we. 

Most of us begin our lives with beautifully soft, taut skin, but as we age, we lose that suppleness to wrinkles and redness. One of the most common cosmetic skin issues — facial veins — comes from general age-related wear and tear, like sun exposure, injuries, and weather changes. 

Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad treats many patients for facial veins each year at Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center, and he’s discovered the No. 1 way to diminish them. 

So while you may not be able to avoid the factors that affect the development of facial veins, you can absolutely get rid of them. Dr. Ahmad shares his insights on some of the best facial vein treatment options. 

What exactly are facial veins? 

Also referred to as spider veins, facial veins occur when the smallest type of blood vessel — your capillaries — break just beneath the surface of your skin. You may develop facial veins for a number of reasons, including: 

Other causes include genetics, sudden changes in weather, sudden changes in pressure, head injuries, and exposure to certain chemicals or other environmental factors.

Usually, facial veins are totally harmless, but many people wish to remove them for cosmetic reasons. 

Treatment options for facial veins

You can combat facial veins in a few ways, ranging from topical creams to natural at-home remedies. Some popular treatments for facial veins include: 

Retinoids: This is a vitamin A-based medication used in topical creams to treat a variety of skin conditions. You can buy over-the-counter creams with moderate amounts of retinoids, but a dermatologist or other qualified health professional can prescribe stronger creams. 

Sclerotherapy: An injection-based procedure, sclerotherapy is used to help seal up broken blood vessels, which can reduce the appearance of red lines. 

Intense pulsed light (IPL): This type of therapy uses special lights that penetrate into the deep layers of skin to reduce pigmentation without damaging the outer layers of skin. 

Home remedies: Sometimes, things as simple as using a cold compress or aloe vera can help with facial veins and redness. Home remedies usually work best for people who don’t have a lot of facial veins, or whose veins aren’t very noticeable. Avoiding the sun, using lukewarm (instead of hot) water to wash your face, and eating a healthy diet can also help reduce the appearance of facial veins. 

Broadband light (BBL): This is the method we use at Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center, and it’s widely recognized by dermatologists, vein specialists, and other health professionals as the gold standard for treating facial veins. 

BBL is similar to IPL, as it uses short blasts of light energy to target excess pigmentation in your face. However, BBL technology gently heats the outer layers of your skin to stimulate the production of new collagen, the protein that makes up about 75% of your skin. The result is younger-looking skin that is firmer, smoother, and brighter. 

After BBL treatments, you’ll notice that your skin appears more even in tone and texture. We use BBL Forever Young, a comprehensive treatment that targets facial veins, wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes, sun spots, and other skin conditions. 

Getting started with facial vein treatment

To achieve the best results with BBL, most patients need 2-5 treatments across a span of about two months. You may need more if your facial veins are particularly severe. The first step to smoother skin is meeting with Dr. Ahmad for a consultation, during which you’ll discuss your health history, medication use, and other factors that might be affecting your skin. Dr. Ahmad develops a treatment plan best suited to your needs and gives you guidelines to prepare for your first session. 

If you’re ready to get started with facial vein treatment, call our office in Trenton, New Jersey, at 609-890-2966 or request an appointment online. You can also learn more about our facial vein treatment at our facial veins FAQ.

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