Undesirable surface veins on the legs, breasts, body, and face can challenge one’s self confidence, often becoming a trigger for social embarrassment.
Those individuals with visibly apparent red, blue, or purple colored skin vessels, often referred to as spider veins, may find themselves frequently wearing long pants, high neckline shirts, or camouflage makeup to cover these veins on their legs, cleavage, and face, even during the hottest of months. Going out in public, whether to the beach, pool, or social gathering often triggers a sense of uneasiness and anxiety. While undesirable surface veins may not exhibit signs or symptoms of a medical condition, therefore not a covered benefit of insurance, they can still impact one’s quality of life and self-confidence. Effective cosmetic vein treatments for eliminating unwanted surface veins on the legs, breasts, and face are specifically offered at Hogue Clinics to eliminate these veins as part of our comprehensive vein care treatment program.
The professional team at Hogue Clinics provides effective remedies for individuals suffering from unsightly surface veins on their legs, breasts, and face.
A tailored treatment plan for each individual patient is made based on their concerns, cosmetic goals, and available proven remedies for treating their underlying vein condition. Leg vein concerns are evaluated and treated at our specialty clinic – Hogue Vein Institute, whereas breast, face, and body vein concerns are treated at Hogue Cosmetic Surgery or HCS MedSpa. Contact us today to request a FREE Vein Screening evaluation with a registered vascular technologist (for leg veins) or with our cosmetic surgeon (for breast, face, body veins).
About Cosmetic Vein Treatments
The development of unsightly surface veins on the legs, breasts, face, and body often present ongoing cosmetic concerns for those afflicted, especially since most of these dilated veins persist or even worsen over time. The desire to have attractive skin without the distracting undesirable visible appearance of dilated, unsightly surface veins is common to all. We believe at Hogue Clinics that every patient should have confidence in their skin appearance. We are committed to restoring lost confidence for our cosmetic vein patients using proven techniques such as transdermal laser therapy, visible sclerotherapy, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, and for the larger more difficult veins, endovenous laser ablation and ambulatory phlebectomy. The selected treatment methods for an individual will be based on the specifics of the vein condition, the patient’s treatment goals, and our vein specialist’s professional recommendation.
Before & After Photos
What Causes Visible Veins?
A telangiectasia, also called a spider vein, is a small dilated vein near the surface of the skin. A telangiectasia can develop anywhere on the body and become visibly unsightly. Often times, it’s not one, but many visible veins that cause problems for the skin’s appearance. Causes of visible veins may be due to acquired or congenital reasons. An example of a congenital cause is a port-wine stain. Examples of acquired causes include acne rosacea, topical use of corticosteroids, environmental damage caused by sun or cold exposure, skin trauma, and venous reflux disease. Regardless of the causation, effective cosmetic vein treatments are available at Hogue Clinics using laser/light modalities, chemical ablation, thermal ablation, and surgical removal. Safe, effective treatments are the priority.
All vein treatments at Hogue Clinics are performed while awake on an outpatient basis with essentially no downtime.
Advanced imaging techniques such as trans-illumination (vein light or polarized headlamp) or duplex ultrasound are routinely used to improve safety and precision during vein treatment sessions.
Good candidates for cosmetic vein treatment include healthy individuals with concerns involving the skin appearance of their legs, breasts, face, or body, even if they also have coexisting medical vein concerns. Usually, a medical vein condition requires treatment first, since it is often responsible for giving rise to the cosmetic, more peripheral concern. In a coexisting cosmetic and medical vein condition, the success of a cosmetic vein treatment is dependent on resolution or stabilization of the medical vein condition. The only way to determine whether one “is” or “is not” a good candidate for cosmetic vein treatment at Hogue Clinics is to have an onsite evaluation by one of our vein specialists.
- While the ages of our patients vary, the majority of our patients are adults between the ages of 18 and 80 years. Older or younger individuals are welcome to come in for a FREE vein screening consultation to determine whether or not they are a good candidate for vein treatment.
- Female patients should not be pregnant or breastfeeding at the time of a vein treatment.
- Patients need to understand that vein treatments give limited results and only treat existing veins and will not stop the development or progression of future vein problems. For this reason, patients must keep in mind that multiple treatment sessions may be needed and may require periodic or additional vein treatment in the future.
- Patients should have realistic expectations for the outcome of their vein treatments. Hogue Clinics has “Before and After” photos on their website Gallery to showcase actual patient treatment results, since individual results may vary.
Unwanted surface veins on the legs and breasts can be eliminated with injection sclerotherapy using Asclera® (also known as polidocanol). Polidocanol was developed as a local anesthetic agent, so its use in sclerotherapy has an added benefit of numbing the pain associated with an injection. It is a prescription medication that can only be provided by a healthcare provider like vein specialists at Hogue Clinics. To treat telangiectasias, reticular veins, or varicose veins, polidocanol is injected into the targeted unwanted surface vein. It works by damaging the endothelium, the cells lining the inside of blood vessels. As a result, the targeted surface vein will eventually shrink, collapse, and disappear. Cosmetic injection sclerotherapy typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform, depending on the number of veins being treated. Once treated, a patient may return home with no downtime. Following treatment, patients are instructed to wear a compression over the treated area for several days.
Transdermal Laser Therapy
A safe, effective, non-invasive method exists for treating unwanted surface veins on the legs, breasts, face, and body. This method, called transdermal laser therapy, uses laser energy emitted from a laser system to heat-shrink the targeted veins. Laser safety glasses must be worn by the patient during the transdermal laser therapy session. Since the laser energy must cross the outside skin layers from the epidermis to the dermis to the location where the surface veins reside, it is reserved for light skinned individuals without recent sun exposure in the prior few weeks, since the pigment melanin is a competing chromophore for absorbing delivered laser energy.
Endovenous Laser Ablation
Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a vein treatment that uses laser energy delivered through a tiny optical fiber placed inside the vein lumen to thermally ablate a targeted vein. This 30-minute minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure with essentially no downtime is primarily reserved for treatment of varicose veins. When a patient with varicose veins has no medical signs or symptoms to support a medical condition, or if the patient’s insurer does not cover a specific varicose vein, then treatment of the vein is considered cosmetic or elective. Endovenous laser ablation is usually a last resort for cosmetic vein treatment since the majority of EVLA procedures are covered by insurance and performed for medical reasons. Our vein specialists have performed tens of thousands of endovenous laser ablation procedures with successful treatment results.
This technique is usually reserved for removal of twisted or lumpy veins that bulge from the skin.
Ambulatory phlebectomy (AP) permanently removes bulging surface veins during a relatively quick in-office procedure. Using local anesthesia, tiny surgical incisions are made on the skin above the targeted veins. A special thin hook is then used to pull out the vein. Following an ambulatory phlebectomy procedure, patients are instructed to wear a compression bandage and compression stockings for several days. Hot tubs, long distance traveling, and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least a week. Normal activities may be otherwise be resumed after treatment. This procedure may be performed for cosmetic or medical reasons, depending on the patient’s vein condition and vein treatment coverage of their insurance company. Visible scars on the skin surface may result from placement of tiny surgical incisions placed to facilitate hook removal of the vein (phlebectomy).
Cosmetic Vein Treatment Results
The amount of time it takes to obtain visibly noticeable results following a cosmetic vein treatment varies according to the type of treatment and the extent of the vein condition being treated. Smaller veins usually shrink, collapse, and disappear more quickly than larger ones. Vein treatments that surgically remove the targeted surface veins such as ambulatory phlebectomy can result in immediate disappearance of the once visible vein, but treatment area, bruising, swelling, discoloration, and skin incisions may often take weeks to months to resolve and heal completely.
Vein treatments that do not remove the targeted surface vein such as transdermal laser therapy, sclerotherapy, and endovenous laser ablation usually result in the delayed disappearance of the visible surface veins over time. The shrinking, collapse, and disappearance of unwanted surface veins with non-surgical methods usually takes weeks to months, often requiring multiple treatment sessions to achieve near complete elimination. A potential advantage of non-surgical methods is the avoidance of surgical skin entry scars, which is frequently preferred by patients. Patience is often a key ingredient to successful cosmetic vein treatment outcomes. The cosmetic vein treatment methods are proven and effective. It often takes months to years to decades to develop these unsightly surface veins. It not surprising that it often takes weeks to months, along with multiple treatment sessions, to eliminate them.
Schedule Your Free Vein Screening
Our vein specialists perform FREE Vein Screening Evaluations at Hogue Clinics on patients having only cosmetic vein concerns.
Cosmetic leg vein concerns are evaluated by registered vascular technologists (RVTs) at Hogue Vein Institute, whereas cosmetic breast, face, and body vein concerns are evaluated by a cosmetic surgeon at Hogue Cosmetic Surgery. Since it is common for venous reflux disease to be an acquired reason for why spider veins develop on the legs, some patients will be diagnosed with a medical vein condition such as a varicose vein or incompetent perforator vein during their vein screening. Patients with a medical vein condition may require therapeutic vein care first before cosmetic vein care is performed.
Many of our patients simply have cosmetic concerns involving unwanted surface veins with no underlying medical condition. Following a vein screening, cosmetic vein patients proceed on to scheduling cosmetic vein treatments. Costs for treatment along with treatment options are discussed during the evaluation. At Hogue Clinics, nearly all types of unwanted surface veins involving the legs, breasts, face, and body are treated, even if they aren’t symptomatic or glaringly obvious. Contact Hogue Clinics today to schedule your FREE Vein Screening Evaluation and to embark down a path of improved confidence and better vein health.