Can sclerotherapy effectively treat facial veins?

There is a large vein on my face that doesn't appear to be a broken capillary or spider vein. Could sclerotherapy be used to treat it, or would something else be better?

Answers from doctors (11)


More About Doctor Advanced Vein Center

Published on Dec 20, 2018

In our clinic, the doctors routinely use sclerotherapy for certain spider veins. Many can be more easily eliminated with pulsed light laser treatments in a "flash". I recommend a personal consultation to evaluate how big the spider vein is and where it is located. That will determine the proper treatment for your individual case.

Answered by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

In our clinic, the doctors routinely use sclerotherapy for certain spider veins. Many can be more easily eliminated with pulsed light laser treatments in a "flash". I recommend a personal consultation to evaluate how big the spider vein is and where it is located. That will determine the proper treatment for your individual case.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Sep 12, 2010

Sclerotherapy can be used and works very well on facial spider veins. Other modalities also work well including laser and pulsed light.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/1053_1499982262.jpg
Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Sclerotherapy can be used and works very well on facial spider veins. Other modalities also work well including laser and pulsed light.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay

Published on Oct 19, 2009

We have found that lasers and other pulsed-light treatments work best for facial veins. We would need to evaluate you at a free consultation in order to determine which of our effective lasers would give you the best results.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/744_1425924916.jpg
Answered by Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay

We have found that lasers and other pulsed-light treatments work best for facial veins. We would need to evaluate you at a free consultation in order to determine which of our effective lasers would give you the best results.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


VeinCare Centers of Tennessee

Published on Oct 12, 2009

While sclerotherapy may be used effectively for treatment of facial veins, LASER or pulsed light therapy may be very effective as well. You need to see a physician experienced with management of facial veins and ask for advice after a clinical exam.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/755_1499906765.jpg
Answered by VeinCare Centers of Tennessee

While sclerotherapy may be used effectively for treatment of facial veins, LASER or pulsed light therapy may be very effective as well. You need to see a physician experienced with management of facial veins and ask for advice after a clinical exam.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Laser Vein Center

Published on Oct 12, 2009

Sclerotherapy is an excellent treatment for large bluish veins that are usually on the temples. Sclerotherapy, however, is not very good at treating the fine reddish vessels in the center of the face.

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Sclerotherapy is an excellent treatment for large bluish veins that are usually on the temples. Sclerotherapy, however, is not very good at treating the fine reddish vessels in the center of the face.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Miller Vein

Published on Oct 12, 2009

Sclerotherapy is usually too dangerous for the facial veins. The latest treatment for facial veins is Veinwave. Alternatively, laser can work.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/873_1500663762.jpg
Answered by Miller Vein

Sclerotherapy is usually too dangerous for the facial veins. The latest treatment for facial veins is Veinwave. Alternatively, laser can work.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialty Medical Clinic, Inc.

Published on Oct 09, 2009

Yes it can. BUT, it should be done by a specialist in sclerotherapy with extensive experience doing what I call "micro-sclerotherapy". Meaning understanding that facial skin is very delicate, and to use very low volumes and concentrations of the correct sclerosing solution. Also, I suggest for the treating doctor to use an appropriate polarized light source and magnification (like Syris Light) to see the details of treatment field very clearly and without the distorting effect of light reflections. Once all of the above are considered, sclerotherapy is far superior to lasers in my opinion.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/526_1499901101.jpg
Answered by Vein Specialty Medical Clinic, Inc.

Yes it can. BUT, it should be done by a specialist in sclerotherapy with extensive experience doing what I call "micro-sclerotherapy". Meaning understanding that facial skin is very delicate, and to use very low volumes and concentrations of the correct sclerosing solution. Also, I suggest for the treating doctor to use an appropriate polarized light source and magnification (like Syris Light) to see the details of treatment field very clearly and without the distorting effect of light reflections. Once all of the above are considered, sclerotherapy is far superior to lasers in my opinion.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Angelo N. Makris MD

Published on Oct 09, 2009

Laser tends to work better on facial veins. I wouldn't recommend
sclerotherapy for facial veins.


//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/977_1408044083.jpg
Answered by Angelo N. Makris MD

Laser tends to work better on facial veins. I wouldn't recommend
sclerotherapy for facial veins.


Published on Jul 11, 2012


General Vascular Surgery Group

Published on Oct 09, 2009

It can treat these veins. Also, pulsed light and lasers are very effective
to treat these veins on the face. I believe this works much better on the
face than on the legs. Many dermatologists do these treatments as well as
some vein physicians, and plastic surgeons.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/922_1408044082.jpg
Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

It can treat these veins. Also, pulsed light and lasers are very effective
to treat these veins on the face. I believe this works much better on the
face than on the legs. Many dermatologists do these treatments as well as
some vein physicians, and plastic surgeons.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

Published on Oct 09, 2009

Sclerotherapy is not usually done on facial veins for safety reasons. We do however treat many facial veins with a transcutaneous YAG laser with good results.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/772_1408044077.jpg
Answered by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

Sclerotherapy is not usually done on facial veins for safety reasons. We do however treat many facial veins with a transcutaneous YAG laser with good results.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


VeinSolutions - Edina

Published on Oct 09, 2009

We typically treat facial veins with either sclerotherapy or light
treatment. You would need to schedule a screening with one of the doctors in
order to determine which treatment would be best for you.






//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/861_1409954875.jpg
Answered by VeinSolutions - Edina

We typically treat facial veins with either sclerotherapy or light
treatment. You would need to schedule a screening with one of the doctors in
order to determine which treatment would be best for you.






Published on Jul 11, 2012


Related Questions for Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy -12 answers
I have a lot of green veins on my legs, calves, even my arms and other parts of my body. Are those on my legs reticular veins, or could they be normal veins? They are very obvious. I never had them until my pregnancy last year. I have delivered 1 year ago.
See More
Sclerotherapy -11 answers
How long does it take to see spider veins vanish after Sclerotherapy? Is there any hope the veins will disappear after more time has gone by?
See More
Sclerotherapy -9 answers
Why is it necessary to wear Compression Stockings after Sclerotherapy?
See More
Sclerotherapy -10 answers
I had 6 treatments of sclerotherappy one week apart. Much of the treatments were injecting "feeders". It's been over 2 months since my first treatment and my veins look worse. I have new quite dark veins that have popped up. What happened?
See More
Sclerotherapy -9 answers
Will the length of time be longer then two weeks?
See More
Sclerotherapy -10 answers
It has been 8 weeks since I had spider and 1 surface blue vein injected by vein surgeon. I still have black blue spots and the surface vein looks worse, will this correct itself or do i need more treatments/ new doc??
See More
Sclerotherapy -12 answers
What chemicals are in the saline solution and does it have mercury in it and if not what is in it? what are the side effects if any.
See More
Sclerotherapy -11 answers
I had a sclerotherapy treatment, but instead of being prescribed compression stockings, my doctor advised me to use an elastic bandage. Is the bandage just as effective as compression stockings?
See More
Sclerotherapy -4 answers
I recently just noticed that all of my veins are visible all over my body, including a few in the chest area....is this normal? I'm currently on Accutane too.
See More
Sclerotherapy -6 answers
How soon after sclerotherapy can I play tennis? run? dance?
See More
Get answers from our experienced doctors.
How it works
Sclerotherapy -9 answers
How long after Sclerotherapy can you get in the sun?
See More
Sclerotherapy -11 answers
I just had the sclerotherapy procedure today. I would love to cut off the feet of my compression stockings. I feel like it would be much more comfortable. Would that defeat the purpose?
See More
Sclerotherapy -9 answers
I hade sclerotherapy yesterday, but I can still see a few of the veins that were treated. How long until all the veins disappear?
See More
Sclerotherapy -9 answers
After sclerotherapy, there is a small section that is lumpy and discolored. My treating pysician does not drain these, is there any way to speed up the healing/fading of pigmentation?
See More
Sclerotherapy -13 answers
I've heard that occasionally, small lumps of clotted blood can be felt after sclerotherapy. Aren't blood clots quite dangerous?
See More
Sclerotherapy -10 answers
Will running short distances, say 2-4 miles three times per week, be of detriment to sclerotherapy procedures? What about medium distance hikes of 5-10 miles that include hills?
See More
Sclerotherapy -11 answers
Can you go in a hot tub after sclerotherapy and how long do you have to wear the stocking for?
See More
Sclerotherapy -11 answers
I had sclerotherapy almost 4 weeks ago. My legs now ache and feel heavy as soon as I get up in the morning. I have been wearing support knee highs. How long should this last? Legs didn't feel this way before sclerotherapy.
See More
Sclerotherapy -6 answers
Would I see the results right away after Sclerotherapy treatment? If not, when wil the bruises go away? Is it normal to still see all my treated veins after 10 days?
See More
Sclerotherapy -13 answers
I had a sclerotherapy procedure for spider veins on lateral upper thigh just over two weeks ago at derm dr. Since that time, have noticed an approx. 1" wide area of tons of tiny new vessels just distal to injection sites. How long before this goes away?
See More
Get answers from our experienced doctors.
How it works

Related Articles

Have specific questions?
ASK A DOCTOR