Visible blood vessels on the face, also known as telangiectasias, become more common with age and lifelong sun exposure. When the vessels are located on the legs, they are called spider veins. Depending on the location of the vessels, Dr. Rosenbach uses one of two proven treatments for these unwanted vessels.
Vessels on the Face – Telangiectasias
When it comes to vessels on the face, our V-Beam is considered the gold standard by most laser researchers. This laser emits light that passes gently under the skin and finds the vessels. The light is designed to heat the vessels and avoid targeting any other skin structures. The V-Beam is so safe that it is used on babies’ faces for certain skin disorders.
Patients typically come in for 2-3 treatments, spaced about 3-4 weeks apart. The vast majority of patients will achieve a 95-100% improvement in their telangiectasias.
Vessels on the Legs – Spider Veins
Vessels on the legs are relatively bigger in size in comparison to those that appear on the face. While the V-Beam is used for face vessels, the most proven method for removing spider veins on the legs is using a technique called sclerotherapy. This process uses simple salt water injections to disrupt and break down the unwanted vessels.
Sclerotherapy requires 3-4 treatments spaced out at least 3 weeks apart. Bruising is expected for at least two weeks after each treatment. For spider veins, which are often more stubborn than telangiectasias on the face, expected improvement ranges from 50-90%.
At a Glance
Dr. Alan Rosenbach
- Board-certified and fellowship-trained dermatologist
- Clinical associate professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
- Reseacher, published author, lecturer
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