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Facial Vein Treatment

About the treatment

Facial Veins that are red are unsightly and can blemish the smooth all over tone of facial skin. They are not necessary for the health of the skin and to remove them for cosmetic reasons we simply need to remove them without causing damage to the surrounding skin. There are three different methods for doing this, they all have some limitation in getting 100% success and are often used in combination for best results.

Linear Cautery

By cauterising the tiny blood vessel with microwaves at various intervals along its path, we can interrupt its flow and thereby its own supply of nutrients and oxygen. this was done successfully for years with electrolysis machines by beauty therapists and it is a good method. We have a little advance on this technique now, with the use of the Surgitron. This machine uses high frequency radio waves rather than electricity and appears to be more precise and less painful than the electrolysis machines. There is no real down time and most people can return to work immediately but be wary of some tiny pepper dot marks.

Light treatments with lasers, IPL and the FotofacialRF

A pulse of strong/laser light is flashed on to the skin. The light scatters and because it is a specific wavelength, it converts to heat energy where there is red pigment, hence selectively cauterising the unwanted veins. The FotofacialRF is a a procedure performed by a machine similar to the Aurora Elos system. It is excellent for removing very fine veins and helping the general redness of facial flushes


This is similar to the method to remove thread veins of the legs. This method is good for larger veins and for people with a large network or cluster of facial veins. The solution is flushed through and swells the veins walls thus closing them off. We need to warn you that there can be swelling around the area injected which can take a few days to settle – makeup can hide this a little but some clients would prefer to take time off work.


All the above methods are associated with some discomfort but most people will find this tolerable for the short time it takes. We have anaesthetic cream available to ease this discomfort. Please come 1/2 hour earlier for your appointment and we can place anaesthetic cream thickly on the skin.

Facial Vein Treatment Results

All the above methods should give visible results with one treatment but all methods give better results when repeated. There may still be some veins present however I am sure most clients see a 80% improvement as a 100% success.

Disclaimer - Important information from Allergan Pharmaceuticals. 
"Botox®️ is a prescription medicine containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines and associated “crow’s feet” around the eyes. It should be administered by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. If you have side effects or concerns, speak to your doctor. A charge applies. Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Auckland.” “Note: Botox®️ treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to your specialist about your own situation.”