Veins Under the Eyes
Some patients have prominent or bulging veins immediately below the eye that are unsightly and contribute to a facial appearance of fatigue or swelling. Occasionally these veins may cause discomfort. Unlike spider veins that occur in the top layer of the skin, these veins are in the fat layer just below the skin. They are abnormally large for this area of the face and cause bulging of the overlying skin.
Treatment of the Veins Under the Eyes
Sclerotherapy (injection of chemicals that damage the vein causing clots to form and leading to the body's removal of the vein) may be inadvisable near the eye. At Dallas Vein Specialists microphlebectomy under local anesthesia is safe and has resulted in excellent cosmetic results. This technique involves small incisions through which the veins are removed. No skin sutures are required. Any bruising or swelling usually resolves within 2 weeks. Complete healing occurs in 2 to 3 weeks. Patients are able to resume most usual activities on the following day. No eye patching is necessary.