Laser Treatment of Telangiectasias

Telangiectasias, or facial spider veins, is a common skin condition that develops as you age. They can also develop as a result of sun damage, rosacea, pregnancy or birth control use. These veins appear on the skin of the face as small, red veins on the nose, chin or cheeks, and are considered to be permanently dilated blood vessels. Although telangiectasias do not spur any medical concerns, many patients are bothered by the appearance of these veins, and seek treatment to reduce them.

Laser treatment, commonly in the form of pulsed dye and pulsed green lasers, are effective in reducing the appearance of telangiectasias and restoring skin to a smoother look and feel, by sealing off the targeted veins. During this procedure, patients may experience a mild sensation of a pinprick, and can choose to have a topical anesthetic applied if necessary.

After laser treatment, some patients may experience redness, tenderness, bruising and pigment changes. These side effects are often mild and go away on their own within a few days. Patients should avoid wearing makeup until the following day, but can resume work and other regular activities immediately following treatment.

Multiple treatments are usually needed in order to achieve optimal results. Treatments can be performed at intervals of four to six weeks, and your doctor will discuss with you how many sessions you will need.

 

*Results may vary per patient.