Veins around the eye
The skin around the eyes is 4 times thinner than the skin around the face. It has a translucency that allows structures such as blood vessels to be seen. Larger peri-orbital veins (visible veins around the eyes) can be a cosmetic nuisance. These are difficult to treat and require treatment by a specialist in laser surgery.
Use of Lasers around the eye requires specialist skill and insertion of metal internal eyeshields. Not using these precautions can result in permanent blindness or partial vision loss. So treatment of these veins should be undertaken by someone with the appropriate expertise.
DrH will treat these veins using the long pulsed NdYAG 1064nm laser. This is a laser that is used for the purple/blue darker larger veins (greater than 1mm diameter) around the eyes. It must be used with extreme caution as the wavelength can be very dangerous and cause blindness. This necessitates placement of an intraocular metal eyeshield.
If the veins are small and red DrH will usually treat these with a 532nm KTP/LBO Laser. This wavelength is more appropriate for smaller red vessels around the eyes. It is safer than the NdYAG laser but it still can cause trauma to the eye and should be used again with insertion of internal metal eyeshields. Please look at the video regarding eyeshield insertion.
Treatment for larger periorbital veins usually requires two sessions – over aggressive treatment to try and eradicate in a single session can result in heat damage to the fragile skin around the eyes and potential scarring. In order to minimise this risk DrH will often use the first treatment to reduce the size of the offending vein and then the second treatment to minimise further.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
- Single session periorbital Vein treatment – £650