Facial vein treatment is available for patients with a variety of facial veins including blue veins at the temples and dilated red capillaries on the cheeks, chin, nose, and nostrils. Dr. Malvehy, a top rated vein doctor located in the East Bay, offers customized facial vein treatment in the office, depending on what the most effective technique will be for your specific problem.
Facial vein treatments include liquid or foam sclerotherapy or thermocoagulation using VeinWave. All treatments are performed after application of a topical anesthetic cream in order to make them as comfortable as possible. Sclerotherapy is used for larger red or blue veins and involves an injection of a small amount of solution into the veins to cause them to collapse; they generally disappear in 2-4 weeks though there can be incremental improvement later. VeinWave is a thermocoagulation device that delivers a small pulse of energy using a “bristle” needle tip. Veins typically disappear instantly. Both treatments may have 1-2 hours of redness or swelling in treated areas. 1-2 treatments are usually adequate for most people.
Treatment usually takes 10-15 minutes after 10-15 minutes of anesthetic cream (total of 20-30 minutes) and can be performed the same day as the initial consultation. Patients should avoid face lotion and bring a floppy hat to avoid sun exposure on the way home. It is recommended to avoid sun exposure – in particular – during the first week after treatment (though you should always wear sunscreen!).