THE MAIN TREATMENT OPTION FOR FACIAL, VARICOSE, AND SPIDER VEINS:
INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL) – LIGHT-BASED TREATMENTS
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a treatment that uses the instant conversion of light energy into heat energy to thermally treat small abnormal spider veins typically of the face and neck area. Typical patients that undergo IPL treatments are those with Rosacea who suffer from chronic facial blushing and redness due to tiny spider veins. Typical symptoms associated with Rosacea include facial burning, itching, and stinging. Many of these patients receive very good symptomatic relief with IPL treatments. However, if facial spider veins is due to chronic rosacea, period IPL treatments are typically required to maintain good symptomatic relief.
During an Intense Pulsed Light treatment, the patient is given protective eye shields to wear. A clear gel is applied over the areas to be treated which will allow the transfer of energy into skin with less chance of burning the skin. A hand-held IPL device is lightly held onto the skin with minimal pressure over the area. Light energy (with a specific light wavelength) is transmitted into the hand-held unit and into the abnormal tiny facial veins. The veins will convert the light energy into heat energy in a fraction of a second. This will cause the abnormal veins to collapse.
The treatment is followed by immediately cooling the skin area with ice packs. This is repeated several times a day for 1 to 2 days. Patients may immediately return to work. Restrictions include avoidance of purposeful tanning for 3-4 weeks.
These are very superficial small reddish and purplish veins that can be of significant cosmetic concern. Spider Veins can also be the source of localized itching, burning, and focal pain. Spider Veins on the legs are treated with a procedure called sclerotherapy, in which a chemical solution is injected into the abnormal veins which cause them to spasm shut and eventually get dissolved by the body. Spider Veins on the face may be associated with a condition called Rosacea. Facial spider veins are treated with a procedure called Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL). This is a laser-like procedure that causes the veins to spasm using thermal energy. The abnormal veins are then slowly absorbed by the body.
These are larger, more tortuous veins that can are usually an indication of more serious vein disease. The condition runs strong in the family. Varicose veins can also be aggravated by pregnancy, jobs requiring prolonged standing, and obesity.
This is a complication of untreated, long-standing venous disease. Varicose veins lead to abnormal venous congestion below the knees resulting in a chronic inflamed state. This chronic inflammation can lead to skin fragility, break-down, and eventually ulcerations. Fortunately, with aggressive wound care management and treatment of the underlying venousdisease, many ulcers can successfully be treated.