Facial Vein Treatment
November 12, 2018
- Facial spider veins
- Facial thread veins
- Facial broken capillaries
- Facial broken blood vessels
What Are Facial Veins and What Causes Them?
Facial veins are dilated blood vessels. This dilation is caused by age-related weakening of the elastic fibres within the blood vessel’s walls. There can also be other causes, such as trauma to the skin. This trauma can be as minor as that caused by picking at blemishes or using water that is too hot. (If you put your face under the shower, please don’t do it anymore unless you want facial veins!)
Close up, these veins are often very thin – just a hair’s width. They can also be large and blue, the diameter of a thread. While painless, even tiny veins degrade skin’s appearance with an overall red, flushed effect.
In short: Skin looks older, redder and more exhausted. Makeup is needed to mask these veins. Often, even the thickest concealers and foundations are no match for them. This prompts many people to seek vein removal.
Laser Treatment for Veins
Laser treatments are an innovative, nonsurgical solution for facial veins. This effective approach is remarkably powerful at removing facial veins completely. A single treatment can be done in around 15 minutes. Even better: You can get one of these laser treatments for free. (More on that below.)
How Vein Treatment Works
Lasers are high-tech, light-emitting devices that target several skin concerns simultaneously. For treatment of facial veins, a laser is exceptional in that it does not damage the surrounding skin. A highly-focused laser beam seeks the blood vessel with extreme precision. The blood absorbs the energy from the laser, which shuts down the vein. Then, over the next several weeks, the veins are absorbed by the body and disappear.
Recovery from Laser Treatment for Facial Veins
As you might imagine from such a treatment, there are some post-laser signs of recovery. These are also signs of effectiveness, showing the laser has achieved its goal.
Length of the healing process depends on your skin type, how you care for your skin afterward and other factors. At first, you can expect some mild redness and perhaps some swelling. Typically, the treated vessels might look darker for just a few days before they fade completely.
Protecting Skin After Laser Treatment
You absolutely must wear SPF after a laser treatment. Your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight, making it more vulnerable to sun damage. Apply SPF at least 15 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
Use an SPF of 30+. Bear in mind there is not much more protection from an SPF 80 sunblock than there is from an SPF 30. So don’t be lulled into a false sense of security from a high SPF. And remember that SPF benefits are not cumulative based on products. So putting SPF 15 foundation over SPF 15 sunblock only gives you a total protection factor of 15, not SPF 30.
How Many Laser Treatments Are Needed to Remove Facial Veins?
The total number of laser sessions required can vary. This depends on your total number of veins, their severity and other factors. In general, one to three laser treatments will give the best results. These should be performed one a month – every four weeks.
Would you like to see your facial veins gone for good? At SISU Aesthetic Clinics, your first laser skincare treatment is always free! That is how confident we are that you’ll love the results.
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