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Laser for Blue Veins on Face

Blue veins on the face can be unsightly and embarrassing. They can also be painful and cause serious health problems, like migraines or even heart attacks. Fortunately, there are several treatments that can help you get rid of these blue veins. One of the most effective is laser therapy.

Laser therapy uses a beam of light to remove unwanted blood vessels. The process takes about an hour and is done in an office setting, with no recovery period required afterwards. The treatment will not make your blue veins disappear completely, but it will significantly reduce their appearance so that they aren’t as noticeable anymore!

You may find it hard to access the right information on the internet, so we are here to help you in the following article, providing the best and updated information Laser for blue veins on face and laser treatment for blemishes cost. Read on to learn more.

Laser for Blue Veins on Face

Facial veins can be treated with a wide range of aesthetic and surgical procedures. Victoria Smith and Professor Mark Whiteley, both experts in the area, provide a comprehensive overview of diagnosis and the different treatment options available.

Patients with unwanted facial veins commonly present to aesthetic medicine practitioners. Problem veins on the face range from very superficial ‘capillaries’ to large bulging subdermal veins. In our practice, we have found that, to provide a full service to these patients, we need a combination of traditional aesthetic approaches with a more invasive surgical approach. In addition, it is also important to be able to recognise facial veins that might be a sign of a more complex problem that should be referred away from an aesthetic practice.

Because of the combination of aesthetic or surgical treatments that might be needed, some patients are offered a joint consultation between aesthetic practitioner and venous surgeon. However, we have found that a few simple screening questions asked at the time of first enquiry, often backed up with a picture sent by the potential patient by email, can usually determine which one might be optimal to give the first opinion.

We classify facial veins in terms of how big and deep they are, where they are found, i.e. the size of the vein, the depth of vein, either within or under the dermis, and the anatomical area of the face affected. Fortunately, there is a good correlation between the anatomical location and what sort of vein is found in each location. Therefore, when we describe veins by the anatomical area on the face, it usually indicates what sort of vein is likely to be found.

Basic classifications of facial veins: size and depth of vein

Before going into the different classification of each sort of vein, it is important to remember that the venous system is a network of little veins, draining into larger veins. It is often called ‘branching’ although, in reality, it is the reverse of branching. Thousands of little veins (called venules) drain venous blood from capillaries, and these veins drain into larger veins that are varied and un-named. From these, the venous blood drains into the larger veins, such as the temporal or facial vein, and from there to the jugular vein, superior vena cava and right heart. Therefore, when assessing a vein that looks like a branching tree, remember that the blood flow is from peripheral to central and it is actually a collection of tributaries draining to a central vein.

As the most superficial veins will join together and drain into slightly deeper veins, and these deeper veins might do the same again, one sort of problem vein might be associated with another sort of problem vein of different size and depth. Hence, no classification of problem to be treated can be rigidly defined. Problem veins that need treatment might cross between two or more types of facial veins.

Figure 1: Telangiectasia (thread veins) on the chin as distinct veins in a group. Suitable for treatment with advanced electrolysis/radiofrequency (electrocautery) or transdermal laser.

Figure 2: Diffuse redness of cheek suitable for treatment with IPL.

Telangiectasia (‘spider’ or ‘thread’ veins)

Telangiectasia are classically very fine veins that are very superficial (Figures 1 and 2). If bright red, the blood is usually in small arteries that lie before the capillaries, whereas if the blood is blue or purple, it usually lies in veins after the capillary network [1]. The veins themselves are colourless, appearing white when empty. The colour of veins only comes from the blood within the vein. The thicker the vein wall and the deeper the vein, the more the colour changes from blue through to green until eventually, when the vein is deep enough, there is no colour seen in the veins which are sub-dermal.

Figure 3: Periorbital reticular vein. Green in colour and not raised, so suitable for treatment with transdermal laser – usually ND:YAG (1064nm) for this sort of vein.

Reticular veins

Reticular veins are veins that are seen as a green line through the skin, but without any bulging (Figure 3). This is the same name as given to reticular veins in the legs or elsewhere in the body. The fact that they appear to have a green colour is very important when it comes to possible treatments.

Subdermal veins

When veins are both big enough and deep enough, they can make the skin bulge above them, giving the appearance of a ‘varicose vein’. Of course a ‘varicose vein’ of the face is not really a varicose vein as we would understand it in the legs. In the legs, such varicose veins occur because the valves fail and blood accumulates in the vein due to gravity. In veins in the face, blood falls with gravity back towards the heart. However, these veins can still dilate, causing cosmetically unsightly bulges, particularly when certain provoking manoeuvres are performed such as smiling, talking, straining or leaning forwards. A new sign, never described to our knowledge before this article, is the ‘Whiteley-Smith provocation sign’ for forehead veins. In this new sign, subdermal veins of the forehead appeared after manual compression of the cheeks (Figure 4). This mimics the dilation of the same veins seen with the other provoking manoeuvres identified above. These veins tend to show no colour as they are deep to the dermis and the colour of the blood cannot be seen through such a thick layer of vein wall and skin.

Figure 4: The Whiteley-Smith provocation test for forehead veins. Patients often say that forehead veins are only visible when they smile, laugh, exercise or are hot. This simple sign, pressing on the cheeks beside the nose, occluds the facial vein and shows the forehead veins in the dilated state even when sitting upright.

As any practitioner will know, and as pointed out at the beginning of this section, there is quite a crossover between reticular veins and subdermal veins. Quite often green reticular veins will start bulging as they get larger and deeper. Similarly, telangiectasia can often be seen to be draining into a green reticular vein. Therefore, when it comes to assessment and treatments, careful notes should be taken as to the target vein that the patient wants treated and sometimes more than one treatment strategy is required to get rid of the whole complex of problem veins.

Basic classification of facial veins – anatomical position target veins

As noted before, there are certain areas of the face that are associated with certain sorts of veins that patients want to have removed.

Cheeks, chin and nose

Most patients presenting with ‘facial veins’ present with veins in these areas and so aesthetic practitioners will be most comfortable with these patients. The veins in these areas tend to be telangiectasia. They are usually bright red (often being arterial even though they are still referred to as veins), but can be darker, tending towards purple or blue. When darker, they tend to be larger and slightly deeper. They can occur individually, in small groups (Figure 1), or can occur in large patches (Figure 2). On the cheekbones, such red patches showing a large number of thread veins can indicate sun-damage. This is different from a ‘diffuse redness’ commonly known with the public as having a ‘high colour’ or ‘skin flushing’. This is a generalised redness of the skin rather than individual telangiectasia. Such ‘high colour’ can be clinically referred to as rosacea.

Many patients present with complaints about telangiectasia around the nose. These can be individual or in small groups. They often occur around the nasal alar (the skin crease between side of lower nose and cheek) or at the entrance to the nostril, or can be on the nose itself. When there are a large number of telangiectasia on the bulb of the nose, the nose can look particularly red. This is often thought to be associated with heavy alcohol consumption and many people get very embarrassed by it. Of course, alcohol may be the cause in some patients, but in a great number of patients it is not. Also, be careful of conditions such as rhinophyma when the soft tissue of the nose is enlarged and the skin red. If the contours of the nose are abnormal, do not think the problem is merely telangiectasia and be sure to get an expert ENT opinion before thinking of treatment options.

Periorbital areas

Many patients complain of reticular or bulging veins in the periorbital areas. These are usually directly under the eye or under and lateral to the eye (Figure 3). They can be blue / green and not raised or can be bulging. Often they are both. When present, they can appear in isolation, or can be bilateral. Commonly, they are also associated with veins in the temple area and can often be seen to be continuations of the same veins (Figure 5).

Figure 5: A combination vein complex with a bulging sub-dermal periorbital vein (marked with surgical marker) which is suitable for phlebectomy and temporal veins suitable for transdermal laser (ND:YAG).


Increasing numbers of patients are coming to see us with veins in the temple area. These appear to be a branching tree arising from a single vein at the lateral side of the eye, and a fan of several veins branching up towards the hairline. Of course, in reality, they are tributaries coming from the hairline and coalescing into a single vein at the lateral corner of the eye, as the blood is draining from the scalp into this vein. It is useful when thinking about treatment, to think of the vein as a ‘tree’ branching up from the lateral eye, but when thinking of the problems with sclerotherapy, it is well worth remembering that the blood is flowing down these veins towards the orbit.

These veins drain into the main facial vein, but also can drain into veins inside the orbit and around the eyeball, and from there into the sagittal sinus. This is one of the major venous sinuses between the cerebral hemispheres of the brain. A sagittal sinus thrombosis, although rare, is a disaster and should always be at the back of your mind when treating veins in this area.

The veins that are near the hairline are usually green / blue and rarely bulge too much. However, the vein at the lateral part of the eye that they drain into is often bulging and is sometimes too deep to show colour. This vein can often be linked to a periorbital vein running from beneath the eye.


Problem veins of the forehead are almost always large, fairly vertical, cause considerable bulging and rarely have colour. They run beneath the dermis and so usually, no colour is visible through the skin. They are large, and hence cause the bulging of the skin above them. Sometimes they can be single, running from hairline to a place between the eyebrows. Sometimes they can be multiple. Patients often say that these veins make them look like a ‘Klingon’ (a reference to the TV series Star Trek), and that they tend to ruin holiday photographs, being prominent in the heat and when patients are smiling, causing shadows on the forehead in photographs.

Treatment options

The most important principle to remember is that facial veins lie above the heart. As such, we do not have to consider gravity, failure of valves or venous reflux when assessing and treating facial veins. Conversely, telangiectasia or varicose veins of the legs are situated below the heart and are therefore almost always associated with gravity problems. These veins usually are associated with the failure of valves in the underlying veins of the legs or pelvis, and venous reflux with gravity.

Therefore, the whole approach and understanding of facial veins is completely different from that of veins of the legs, as are the treatments. If you are using the same approach and treatments as you would for leg veins, then you are mistreating one or other of these groups of patients.

Fortunately, for aesthetic practitioners dealing with facial veins, these are easier to assess and treat than leg veins. Unlike leg veins, we do not need to get venous duplex ultrasonography to look for underlying valve failure in these veins. Treatment options for facial veins can almost always be selected from visual assessment alone.

When thinking about possible treatment options, the selection of the appropriate treatment comes down to colour, size and depth of the target vein with a small consideration as to the location once the other factors have been taken into account.

Unlike the skin of the leg, the skin of the face is constantly exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and is therefore very resistant to thermal damage. As such, transdermal laser can be used directly to treat appropriate facial veins with low chances of causing skin burns. This is the reverse of what is found in treating leg veins. The skin on the legs is rarely exposed to ultraviolet radiation and as many aesthetic practitioners have learnt to their cost, trying to perform laser on leg thread veins often leads to skin burns. These burns do not become apparent until three months after the treatment due to the healing process of the skin after a burn.

Advanced electrolysis / radiofrequency ablation (electrocautery)

One of simplest ways to treat individual veins is to use heat generated at or near the point of a needle. Electrolysis machines and radiofrequency machines, although often marketed as different technologies, have the same basic characteristics and indeed use the same needles. An alternating current is passed into the needle (‘monopolar’), making the tip positive, followed by negative, followed by positive and so on, rapidly changing the current and hence polarity. The rate at which the current alternates (and hence the polarity of the needle) ranges from thousands of times per second (kilohertz or KHz) to millions of times per second (megahertz or MHz). This alternating polarity attracts electrons in the tissue then repels them at these very high frequencies, generating heat in the tissue. Alternatively, a two electrode approach (‘bipolar’) can be used with two needles or other conductors with an alternating current between them at the same high frequencies.

When the tip of the monopolar needle is placed on a very superficial vein, heat is generated in the tissue destroying epidermis and vein, and if deep enough sometimes superficial dermis. Although electrolysis is often dismissed as a treatment to remove hair only, advanced electrolysis techniques such as red vein removal can be highly effective in experienced hands. Increasing the alternating current from kilohertz to megahertz and calling the procedure radiofrequency ablation is very good marketing, but there is little scientific evidence that the results are different using the different frequencies found in electrolysis machines or radiofrequency machines.

Electrocautery devices are relatively cheap and as the techniques are effective [2] and suitable for individual or small clusters of veins, they should be part of any practice treating facial veins.


The use of sclerotherapy in facial veins is controversial. Sclerotherapy is used to treat small veins on the legs and body and when made into a foam, it has been used to treat larger veins. A quick search on the internet will show that many practitioners offer sclerotherapy for facial veins. However, experts in the field have pointed out that sclerotherapy “can be used on larger blue telangiectasia but may be complicatbyrom inadvertent injection into arterioles” [1]. This can lead to skin necrosis or, very rarely, blindness in one eye [3].

In addition, sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS), the most common detergent sclerosant in the UK, is not approved for use in facial veins. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has already made a decision in a case where STS was used and something went wrong [4]. In the UK, practitioners can use products for unlicensed indications, but should be able to explain that no licensed medication or technique would be able to be used instead. As there are other techniques to treat all sorts of facial veins, which do not involve the risks of sclerotherapy, it is hard to see how practitioners can justify using sclerotherapy for facial veins. Although complications are rare, when they do occur, they can be severe [5]. As such, we do not recommend the use of sclerosants for any facial veins despite some authors having published good results in their own hands [6].

Intense pulsed light (IPL)

IPL machines produce very concentrated and well-controlled bursts of white light in pulses. This white light also includes some infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths, ranging from about 400nm through to 1200nm [7]. A variable number of pulses can be chosen, each of the defined length, with a defined length of rest in between each pulse. The white light is at an intensity that it will heat tissue. Different hand pieces then put different filters in the way of the white light before it hits the skin. For red vein treatments, a yellow filter is used. This filter allows a relatively narrow band of wavelengths of light through it, around 500nm wavelength (yellow light). As the absorption peaks for oxyhaemoglobin (predominantly found in red veins) and deoxygenated haemoglobin (predominantly found in blue veins) are 418nm and 542nm respectively, this is ideal for facial telangiectasia. IPL handpieces often have a wide ‘footprint’ meaning that quite large areas can be treated with each shot fired. Thus, IPL is ideal for large areas such as for diffuse telangiectasia or rosacea.

Transdermal laser

LASER is an acronym for light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation. Although some lasers do produce light, others produce microwaves which are invisible to the naked eye. Originally these used to be called MASERs but now tend to be called LASER as well for simplicity. Unlike IPL, which uses white light and then selects bands of wavelengths using filters, laser produces light of one wavelength only. This is called ‘monochromatic’ light. In addition, all of the photons (individual rays of light) in a laser are precisely aligned or ‘in step’. This is called coherent light. When light photons are all lined up ‘in step’ with each other, they can carry a tremendous amount of energy.

As a laser produces a precise wavelength, the appropriate laser can be chosen to target any particular pigment such as oxyhaemoglobin or haemoglobin. A “chromophore” is a pigment or chemical that is laser-targeted. Chromophores absorb or reflect different wavelengths of light. When it absorbs sufficient energy, it can be disrupted or heat up. Because of this, a wavelength that is easily absorbed by oxyhaemoglobin or deoxygenated hemoglobin is used for vascular lesions like thread veins on the face. Such lasers include the KTP (532nm, green light) and the ND:YAG (1064nm, microwave), although other lasers can also be used.

The KTP does not penetrate very deeply, so it is used for very superficial veins that are bright red or bright blue. It heats the haemoglobin, causing the heat to be passed into the vein wall and destroying the vein. The ND:YAG, which has a wavelength exactly twice that of the KTP, also interacts with haemoglobin causing it to heat. However, this longer wavelength penetrates deeper into the skin, allowing larger green veins to be treated that lie deeper under the skin. It is effective to at least 1.5mm deep to the skin.

Lasers allow many different factors to be changed. The area to be treated for the ‘spot size’ can be varied, allowing for individual veins to be targeted with a very small spot size or areas with a larger spot size. Different powers can be used and when a power is selected, this is divided by the area of the spot, giving the ‘fluence’ (power per square centimetre of skin). In addition, the pulse length can be varied. Pulses are usually in the range of milliseconds. This variability makes laser a very flexible tool to use, although it needs considerable experience to master. Many aesthetic companies pre-programme settings for different lesions, allowing those who are not very experienced to have a relatively safe, if not individualised, treatment setting.

Therefore, with access to lasers of different wavelengths and different spot sizes and powers, telangiectasia and reticular veins can be treated in the majority of cases. As a general rule, if the vein has colour and is not large and bulging, then laser can usually be used if the correct wavelength and settings are selected. Furthermore, as the skin of the face is always exposed to sunlight, it is quite resistant to burning. Therefore, it is quite resistant to high laser powers, allowing high energies to be passed into veins to be treated without damaging the skin. This is the reverse of the situation in the legs where the skin is sensitive to burning and transdermal laser for leg thread veins frequently ends up in permanent burns leaving white scars.


Phlebectomy of facial veins is technically difficult and requires considerable practice. In our experience, we find it useful for larger bulging veins particularly in the periorbital, temporal and forehead regions. In particular, veins in the centre of the forehead are often very large, subdermal, and therefore show no colour. These are too deep and large for electrocautery, IPL or transdermal laser and with the high flow rates potentially flowing through them into the orbital veins, sclerotherapy is not a sensible option [3].

Figure 6: Forehead veins, bulging and too deep to see any colour. Suitable for phlebectomy under local anaesthetic, a far more complicated procedure than phlebectomy elsewhere on the body due to the muscles of facial expression inserting into the skin.

We prefer phlebectomy using local anaesthetic (lignocaine) with adrenaline (epinephrine) to reduce bruising. Incisions are made using the smallest possible blade and in line with where skin creases will develop if there are none present. Of course if there are skin creases already, incisions should be made within these. Phlebectomy hooks can be used but it should be noted that these veins are very small and difficult to remove. They are often adhered to the skin and access with the hook is difficult due to the muscles of facial expression (frontalis muscle on forehead) inserting into the skin around the vein. With experience, good results can be obtained (Figure 6) but we have found it is a long learning curve to get good at this and so we restrict the practice to one surgeon in our clinic. In addition, we have ready access to vascular ultrasound which is helpful in identifying the position of veins, checking there is no arterial flow and ensuring that there is no abnormality associated with the target vein (Figure 7).

Figure 7: Ultrasound of forehead vein in transverse section. The scale shows that the vein is 0.177 cm in diameter and is about the same depth.

Wounds are easily closed with Steri-Strips and patients are warned that bruising can take up to four weeks to disappear, and the wounds similarly up to four weeks to disappear. Patients are advised not to go out in the sunlight during the healing process. Apart from scars and bruising, patients must be warned about the risks of infection, failure to remove the vein completely, poor cosmetic result and damage to surrounding tissues including sensory nerves. We have recently had a case where a patient had previously undergone surgery to his brow, with an incision across the top of his head above the hairline and the skin and muscle reflected down off of the frontal bone. At subsequent surgery the veins were so scarred that they could not be removed surgically. Hence previous surgery in the area of facial veins is now a contraindication to phlebectomy in our unit.

Facial phlebectomy is not something to be performed by anyone who has not got a very good understanding of the anatomy of the area, who has had some training by an experienced trainer and who is performing the procedure regularly enough to ensure they get through the learning curve and maintain their experience.

Laser Treatment for Blemishes Cost

There are various types of lasers used in these procedures

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2017, the average cost of laser skin resurfacing was $1,114-$2,124, which was average $2,071 in 2018. In 2019, the average cost of this procedure was $1,963 for ablatives and $1,201 for non-ablative. The cost varies widely depending on the type of procedure and areas of treatment.

Because laser skin resurfacing surgeries are not life-saving surgeries, there is no insurance coverage provided by the companies, except for the surgeries that are done to remove precancerous growth or modified scars on your skin.

The average cost does not include other related expenses. Therefore, you must consult your plastic surgeon and your insurance company before the procedure about payments. Most health insurance company plans do not provide coverage for cosmetic surgery or its complications. However, most plastic surgeons offer some payment options, so meet your plastic surgeon and determine your final cost.

The cost of laser skin resurfacing will vary based on the expertise, qualification of the plastic surgeon performing the procedure, the type of procedure, the time and effort required for that treatment, and the location of the office.

Generally, laser skin resurfacing procedure costs may include the following:

  • Hospital facility cost for surgery
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Medication prescription

Satisfaction involves more than a fee. Therefore, while choosing a plastic surgeon for this procedure, you must assure the surgeon’s experience and your comfort, which are the most important aspects as much as the cost.

What is skin resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is a procedure that removes layers of the skin and improves its appearance or treats minor facial flaws such as blemishes or acne scars by using lasers.

There are various types of lasers used in these procedures such as:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2): This type of laser is used to treat wrinkles, scars, and warts on your skin.
  • Erbium: It is used to remove superficial or moderately deep lines and wrinkles on your face, hands, neck, and chest. It has fewer side effects than CO2 lasers.
  • Pulsed-dye laser: These are non-ablative lasers that heat the skin and absorb pigments to reduce redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, and enlargement of facial blood vessels, giving rosacea (flushed appearance).
  • Fractional laser: It treats only the fraction of the skin in the area by breaking laser energy into thousands of tiny beams. It can be used in ablative or non-ablative procedures. It can be used to treat age-related blemishes.
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL): This treatment does not use a laser but uses a broad spectrum of light wavelength to treat pigmentations of the skin.

When should you have laser skin resurfacing?

You can ask for this procedure to a plastic surgeon if you have the following:

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Crow’s feet (wrinkle at the outer corner of your eye)
  • Sagged skin
  • Scars
  • Signs of sun damage to the skin
  • Wrinkles

What are the possible risks of laser skin resurfacing?

Risks include:

  • Pain
  • Reactivation of herpes sores over lips
  • Burning sensation
  • Burns
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Increased risk of sun damage
  • Crusting of your skin
  • Pigmentation or discoloration of the skin
  • Bumps due to obstruction of the sweat glands

Laser treatment for face

photo of woman with smooth skin

If aging, acne, or too much time in the sun has left your face with blotches, scars, wrinkles, or lines, laser skin resurfacing may help your skin look younger and healthier.

Laser skin resurfacing removes skin layer by layer with precision. The new skin cells that form during healing give the skin a tighter, younger looking surface. The procedure can be done alone or with other cosmetic surgeries on the face.

Preparing for Laser Resurfacing

Start by consulting a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to find out if you’re a good candidate.

Tell your doctor if you get cold sores or fever blisters around your mouth. Laser skin resurfacing can trigger breakouts in people who are at risk.

If you decide to go ahead with laser skin resurfacing, your doctor will ask you to not take any medications or supplements — such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E — that can affect clotting for 10 days before surgery.

If you smoke, you should stop for two weeks before and after the procedure. Smoking can prolong healing.

Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic medication beforehand to prevent bacterial infections and also an antiviral medication if you are prone to cold sores or fever blisters.

What to Expect During and After the Procedure

A dermatologist or plastic surgeon is the one who performs laser resurfacing. It’s an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll not have to stay overnight.

The doctor may treat wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or forehead individually or treat your entire face. For small areas, the doctor will numb the areas to be treated with a local anesthetic and may also sedate you. You may require general anesthesia if your whole face is being treated.

Treating just parts of the face takes about 30 to 45 minutes. A full-face treatment takes up to two hours.

Following the laser procedure, the doctor will bandage the treated areas. After 24 hours, you will need to clean the treated areas four to five times a day and then apply an ointment such as petroleum jelly to prevent scabs from forming.

Swelling after laser skin resurfacing is normal. Your doctor may prescribe steroids to manage swelling around your eyes. Sleeping on an extra pillow at night can also ease swelling.

You may feel itching or stinging for 12 to 72 hours after the procedure. Five to seven days after laser resurfacing, your skin will become dry and peel.

Depending on the problem that was treated, healing typically takes 10 to 21 days. Once the skin heals, you can wear oil-free makeup to minimize redness, which usually fades in two to three months.

You will also probably notice that your skin is lighter for a while after surgery. It is particularly important that you use a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen, which screens ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A rays, to protect your skin during that time. When selecting a sunscreen, look for one specially formulated for use on the face with a 7% (or higher) zinc oxide content and a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat.Reapply your sunscreen every two hours when you are out, and more often if you are sweating or swimming.

It is also important to keep your new skin well moisturized. If you use Retin A or glycolic acid products, you should be able to start using them again after about six weeks or when the doctor says you can.

Benefits and Risks of Laser Resurfacing

Although skin resurfacing cannot produce perfect skin, it can improve the appearance of your skin. Potential risks of the procedure include:

  • Burns or other injuries from the laser’s heat
  • Scarring
  • Changes in the skin’s pigmentation, including areas of darker or lighter skin
  • Reactivating herpes cold sores
  • Bacterial infection

Cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing

The average cost for laser skin resurfacing was about $2509 for ablative and $1445 for non-ablative laser skin resurfacing in 2020, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, costs vary widely depending on where the procedure is being done.

Because laser skin resurfacing is considered a cosmetic procedure, most medical insurance companies will not cover it. There may be an exception if you get the procedure to modify scars or remove precancerous growths on your skin.

Talk with your doctor and your insurance company before the procedure about what the costs will be and what, if anything, insurance will pay for. Most doctors offer financing options.


The treatment of facial veins is a common aesthetic procedure. As a general rule, the smaller and more superficial the vein, the easier they are to treat and the more commonly they are treated. A good understanding of the different veins that can be encountered and the different methods of treatment that are available, will enable an aesthetic practitioner to know which veins they are comfortable treating with a high chance of a good result, and which veins they should refer to practitioners that specialise in the more difficult and less common facial veins.

Finally, as with most (if not all) aesthetic conditions, there is no medical need to treat every facial vein merely because the patient requests it. Practitioners should keep a high index of suspicion as to any lesion that might be presented as a ‘facial vein’ but doesn’t look typical, and should not feel obliged to treat every patient who attends for consultation. Atypical vascular lesions should be referred to appropriate specialists for a second opinion.

There are various types of lasers used in these procedures

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