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. Other veins beneath or around the eyes are smaller and do not bulge but are visible and unattractive causing discoloration of the 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) is inadvisable near the eye. The best results are obtained using the transdermal laser, and at Dallas Vein Specialists this is the preferred treatment method. It is safe and when combined with the Zimmer cryo unit to cool the skin is well tolerated. The results have been excellent. For the larger bulging veins microphlebectomy removal of veins under local anesthesia is safe and has resulted in good cosmetic results. The procedure may be performed for the larger veins that lend themselves to removal. 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.
BEFORE: Prominent, bulging veins under the eye
AFTER: Veins under the eye removed using Microphlebectomy