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Laser Treatment vs. Sclerotherapy for Facial Spider Veins

As you age, your skin naturally starts to change. Not only does your skin lose the components that keep your skin supple and moisturized (collagen and elastin), but you may also develop spider veins. Spider veins usually present themselves on the face as red marks that are actually small blood vessels. These patches of veins cause a reddish discoloration that can appear anywhere on your face. Though aging is a common trigger for spider veins, they can also be caused by these factors:

  • Genetics
  • Sun damage
  • Trauma to your skin
  • Skin disorders

Spider Veins

As you can see, there are many ways to develop these small red veins, making them quite common. If you notice them on your face, you don’t need to panic. Instead, you should get familiar with your treatment options. Cosmetic procedures can restore your skin’s even tone and have you looking years younger. When it comes to facial spider veins, there are generally two competing procedures: sclerotherapy and laser treatment. Which one is the best for facial spider veins?


This procedure, which has been around since the 1930’s, involves injecting a saline solution into your veins. This solution then converts the vein into scar tissue by collapsing the vein, which causes it to clot, scar, and then eventually fade. This treatment is mildly uncomfortable can may cause cramping, but thankfully the procedure doesn’t last longer than a half hour.

Though sclerotherapy can be used to treat both spider veins and varicose veins, it’s not the gentlest procedure for the face. In fact, today sclerotherapy is usually reserved for spider veins on the legs. For facial spider veins, laser treatments are less invasive and more effective.

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Laser Treatment

Laser treatment can treat any type of spider veins on the body, including the face. In fact, laser treatment is the ideal treatment when dealing with facial spider veins. With this treatment, lasers of the correct strength will be applied to your skin. They will specifically target your problem areas and remove the spider veins without any injection or other invasive procedure. A laser treatment is the most effective when it’s performed in a series of sessions that are each about a month apart.

The recovery period is short. Your skin will only be mildly swollen and a bit red for a few hours. To ease any discomfort, you may apply ice to the treated areas. You may see some discoloration where your veins were. These marks will fade and make way for beautiful skin within four weeks.

Explore Laser Treatment Today

If you have spider veins on your face and you want to treat them, then contact us. We would love to meet with you and discuss all your cosmetic treatment options that will result in a more even and beautiful complexion. Call now at (201) 505-1020 for a consultation to learn more about how you can look and feel your very best.