The legs are not the only region where veins can appear. The face and chest are also susceptible to certain vein conditions over time. Sun exposure, genetics and a loss in skin laxity can lead to veins appearing on very visible areas of the body, which causes many patients to seek treatment that helps restore an even complexion. At Laserderm Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Surgery, we provide laser treatment in order to lessen the appearance of veins and promote a smooth skin tone.
Why Veins Appear On the Face and Chest
Spider veins appear when capillaries in the skin become damaged. This damage can occur for many reasons, including frequent sun exposure, obesity or weakening skin, which can have debilitating affects on both the face and chest. Additionally, the subcutaneous fat that is located underneath the skin during much of our youth can begin to dissipate with age and allow veins to surface on the skin.
When capillaries break, they become insufficient and cause the blood in the veins to pool rather than transport back toward the heart. Venous insufficiency will often take the form of pink and blue veins that twist and turn near the nose, cheeks, eyes and areas around the chest. Although they are generally harmless, many of the spider veins that appear on the face and chest cause cosmetic concerns such as accelerating the aging process. Many patients seek treatment that will alleviate face and chest veins so that their skin looks more youthful.
Available Treatments at Laserderm Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Surgery
Facial and chest veins are generally smaller than the veins that are likely to appear on the legs. For this reason, the physicians at Laserderm Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Surgery offer laser therapy to treat affected veins.
We utilize the Elite+ Aesthetic Workstation to eliminate facial and chest veins that are causing cosmetic concerns. The system includes two different lasers, each with varying wavelengths that allow physicians to customize laser treatment to your specific needs. Depending on your skin tone and texture either the 755nm Alexandrite laser or the 1064nm Nd: YAG laser will be used to eliminate facial and chest veins from your skin. The Elite+ is by far the most efficient laser that ensures optimal results and client comfort.
Laser therapy with the Elite+ laser works by emitting short pulses of light energy over the treatment area. The light causes the walls of the veins to collapse and become reabsorbed by the tissues in the skin, creating a more appealing skin tone. Laser treatment is performed in a number of treatment sessions, depending on the severity of your face and chest veins, in order to allow the skin to resurface and heal properly. Within a matter of weeks, you should begin to notice a reduction in facial and chest veins on the surface of your skin.
Receiving Treatment for Facial and Chest Veins
When you decide to seek treatment for your face and chest veins, scheduling a consultation with a specialist at Laserderm Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Surgery should be your first step. An initial consultation will allow our physicians to examine your skin along with the amount of veins present, which will predict the most effective treatment option for your needs.
A skin evaluation will give us an idea of how to program the Elite+ specifically for your skin as well as help us choose the number of treatment sessions required in order for laser therapy to be effective. However, the type and duration of laser treatment is determined on a case-by-case basis. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Laserderm Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Surgery to learn more about the treatment we provide for facial and chest veins. Our physicians will be able to outline, in detail, the procedural process, the risks and the recovery involved in your treatment. Call our office today if you would like more information.