10 doctors weighed in:

Can sclerotherapy be used for spider veins on the face? I have had spider veins on my face for a number of years. I would love to able to look in the mirror and not see them anymore. Do physicians ever use sclerotherapy to get rid of these veins? .

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sure . . . sometimes

"spider veins" on the face are called telangiectasias, and larger veins can also be unsightly.
Sclerotherapy works well when the vessel is cannulated by the tiny needle accurately, but this is much harder and requires more expertise (and 1 or 2 tries) to hit the vessel. A laser can also work well, and requires less expertise, but may cause scabbing and scarring. Sclero's main risk is bruising.

In brief: Sure . . . sometimes

"spider veins" on the face are called telangiectasias, and larger veins can also be unsightly.
Sclerotherapy works well when the vessel is cannulated by the tiny needle accurately, but this is much harder and requires more expertise (and 1 or 2 tries) to hit the vessel. A laser can also work well, and requires less expertise, but may cause scabbing and scarring. Sclero's main risk is bruising.
Thank
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology

In brief: Yes.

Spider veins on the face can certainly be treated by sclerotherapy.
I do this frequently. In order to do this well, the treatment requires special lights, magnification and very small micro needles. Sclerotherapy on the facial veins should be done by someone with experience treating veins in this area.

In brief: Yes.

Spider veins on the face can certainly be treated by sclerotherapy.
I do this frequently. In order to do this well, the treatment requires special lights, magnification and very small micro needles. Sclerotherapy on the facial veins should be done by someone with experience treating veins in this area.
Thank
Dr. James Seward
Dermatology

In brief: I

I have done sclerotherapy on the nose and cheeks a few times with mixed results.
I agree that a vascular laser such as the v-beam pulsed dye laser tends to work better (before and after pic below).

In brief: I

I have done sclerotherapy on the nose and cheeks a few times with mixed results.
I agree that a vascular laser such as the v-beam pulsed dye laser tends to work better (before and after pic below).
Thank
Dr. Gregory Herbich
Dermatology

In brief: Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy can be used on the face but carries the risk of stroke, blindness and skin slough with scarring.
Laser treatments are safe and effective and are the gold standard for treating those veins. 595 nm flashlamp pulse dye laser, long pulse alexandrite or nd:yag lasers are used. Chose a dermatologist with the correct lasers and experience.

In brief: Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy can be used on the face but carries the risk of stroke, blindness and skin slough with scarring.
Laser treatments are safe and effective and are the gold standard for treating those veins. 595 nm flashlamp pulse dye laser, long pulse alexandrite or nd:yag lasers are used. Chose a dermatologist with the correct lasers and experience.
Thank
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology

In brief: It

It has been done, however the preferred method is to use a vascular directed laser therapy.

In brief: It

It has been done, however the preferred method is to use a vascular directed laser therapy.
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Christopher Crosby
Board Certified, Dermatology
14 years in practice
105K people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available