Facial veins, also known as spider veins, are a common dermal affliction. Most commonly associated with aging, these small blemishes are also known to be caused by sun exposure, liver damage, steroid use and radiation therapy. Though the cause is not always known, those effected often seek remedies and removal of the veins. While many beauty product makers claim to have remedies for spider veins, the only tried and true methods can be found by visiting a licensed physician.

Consider the options available. With elective procedures there is always risk, so take that into account when deciding whether or not to proceed with treatment. Consult with your physician about possible side effects or complications from treatment. He can also steer you toward the procedure best suited for you.

Electrosurgery utilizes a focused burst of high frequency electric current to heat and destroy the blemish-creating vein tissue. Requiring only a small, hand-held, needle tipped device, the procedure is done on an out-patient basis and often takes less than an hour to complete. The process can be moderately painful and will produce small scabs upon completion. It is a one-time treatment. Scarring is minimal, and it heals quickly.

Laser surgery also uses bursts of focused energy to destroy the vein tissue, but, unlike electrosurgery, the laser destroys only the vascular areas and leave the surrounding tissue intact. Laser therapy can produce moderate pain, but the process is typically under an hour long, and the pain is only in short bursts. Scarring risk is minimal, but purple discoloration of the treated area is common in the days immediately following. Numerous visits and treatments are required.

Intense pulsed light therapy, like laser therapy, utilizes burst of light in the removal of blemishes. Unlike lasers, however, the pulsed light method uses a broad light, instead of the focused light of the laser. Results mirror those of the laser but with less bruising. Repeated visits are required before total removal of facial veins is achieved.

Following your procedure, adhere strictly to the after-care advice of your physician. The end results will depend greatly on the after-care of the affected area.