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Which laser works best for prominent veins in the face?

Question posted by Ally from Manitoba

Which laser would you recommend to lessen the visibility of veins on my face? There are visible veins under my eyes that give off a blue/grey colour and it’s almost impossible to cover with makeup. Or are there any other treatments that would be better to help with this?

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  • Dear Ally,

    Thank you for your clinical post.  This full facial veins and blood vessels can
    be aesthetically unattractive.  There are
    several different types of veins specifically those that are large and blue
    especially under the eyes and around the orbits and then smaller vessels which
    tend to be pink or red in colour and appear on the chin, cheek and the side of
    the nose.

    In general, there are a number of
    different types of lasers that can work on different types of veins.  The superficial spider veins or reddish
    coloured superficial vessels of the nose, cheek and chin can be treated with a variety
    of laser products such as intense pulsed light, including the Max G, BBL and Lumecca.  The pulse dye laser as well as a KTP 532 or
    long pulse YAG laser can also be used. 
    For the deeper, larger, bluer vessels of the lower lid and periocular
    area and sometimes the cheeks, a long pulse Nd YAG or pulse dye laser is often
    required.  Sclera therapy is a more
    antiquated technique and involves injection of a chemical irritant to remove the
    vessel and can also be performed but is less successful and focused than laser
    facial vein removal.

    Best of luck.

    To schedule a consultation or to find
    out more, please visit:

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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