Unsightly dilated blood vessels found on the nose, cheeks, forehead and other parts of the face. It is a common manifestation of varicose vein disease on the face.
Two treatment options exist for facial veins. The method of treatment often depends on the type of vessel being treated. For larger, more prominent facial veins, the treatment of choice is sclerotherapy. This technique involves injecting a chemical sclerosant into the problematic veins using a small needle and syringe. The result is a chemically induced closure of the abnormal vein. For those individuals suffering from small blush-like veins (i.e. Rosacea, port wine stains), a topical laser may be more effective. The procedure involves beaming laser energy via a transducer directly into the affected area in order to burn the tiny veins closed. Injection sclerotherapy is often less effective in this setting due to the technical difficulty involved in injecting such small vessels.