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Laser For Blue Veins Under Eyes

Laser for blue veins under eyes is a procedure that can be done in the comfort of your own home. It’s also a non-invasive procedure, which means it doesn’t require any incisions or stitches. The treatment works by sending laser light into the skin to break up the blood vessels that cause the blue veins under your eyes. The laser also stimulates your body’s healing response by encouraging new collagen production in the area. This helps reduce redness and swelling.

While all these things are great, what we love most about this treatment is how natural it looks! Most people can’t even tell you’ve had anything done when you’re done with treatment!

Laser For Blue Veins Under Eyes

The veins that bring blood to the vessels in your eyes are called periorbital veins. These veins serve an important function and can usually do their job without being visible under your skin.

But some factors, such as aging and genetics, can cause these veins to become more visible than you would like. Blue, purple, and yellow veins under your eyes can make you feel like you look more tired than you are.

Having prominent veins under your eyes can be a normal part of some people’s aging process and isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. This article will cover causes and treatments for this harmless condition.

What makes the veins under your eyes become prominent?

The skin underneath your eyes, sometimes known as your “tear trough,” is thinner and more sensitive than other skin.

As you grow older, this skin can become more translucent, making the veins underneath more visible. There are several factors that can contribute to this happening:

  • Genetics. For some people, prominent periorbital veins simply run in the family.
  • Sun damage. Repeated sun exposure without protective sunglasses and sunscreen can cause periorbital veins to become prominent earlier in life.
  • Lifestyle. Activities that damage your skin and vascular system, such as smoking and artificial tanning beds, can also make veins under your eyes more likely to show.
  • Skin tone. If you have very pale or translucent skin, your veins might become visible at a younger age.

How can you make the veins under your eyes less visible?

There are a variety of treatments that you can try to make the veins under your eyes less obvious.

Keep in mind that for most people, treating veins under your eyes is a cosmetic option and not a health necessity.

Home remedies

Some people swear by home remedies for making veins under your eyes less visible. These methods include placing cool objects on your eyes each morning, such as:

  • cucumber slices
  • iced spoons
  • a cold compress

This may help constrict the veins and minimize their appearance.

Home remedies are the simplest, least invasive, and least costly method of treating veins under your eyes.

Concealer makeup

Makeup is an easy way to treat under-eye veins and dark circles. Liquid and powder foundations and concealers can be used to cover up veins without any side effects or recovery necessary.

Of course, makeup washes off at the end of each day and needs to be reapplied whenever you’re looking to conceal your periorbital veins.

Look carefully at ingredient labels to make sure your makeup is safe for use around the eyes.

The cost of makeup adds up and gets quite pricey over time, and this method isn’t as effective as other more permanent options.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy can be used to treat visible veins underneath your eyes. This procedure is often used for smaller varicose veins and spider veins in other parts of the body.

Your doctor injects an iodine solution into the vein that’s visible. This causes the vein to scar, and blood flow is rerouted through healthier veins.

There’s little to no recovery time for sclerotherapy. However, not all doctors think it’s an appropriate treatment for the under-eye area.

Under-eye fillers

A cosmetic surgeon can use dermal fillers to add texture and thickness to the area underneath your eyes. Dermal fillers aren’t permanent, but they can be effective at hiding veins under your eyes for up to 6 months at a time.

Dermal fillers can be done in under an hour in an outpatient setting, and risks and side effects are minimal.

Though fillers aren’t covered by insurance, this method can still end up being less costly than other more invasive treatments for veins under your eyes.

Surgical excision

A surgeon can use small incisions to remove parts of your vein that are visible. This method is best done by a doctor who has a great deal of experience with removing veins from the face and under the eyes.

Blood clots and infection can occur as a result of this surgery, which does require some downtime for recovery. This method can also be quite expensive.

Laser therapy

Laser therapy is sometimes used to treat veins under your eyes. This treatment doesn’t require much downtime for recovery, but several rounds of treatment may be required.

Laser therapy can seal off blood vessels and periorbital veins. Side effects and risks are minimal, but this treatment can be quite expensive.

Laser Treatment For Blemishes Cost

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

What to Expect During and After the Procedure

Laser resurfacing is done by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. 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.

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