What is it about?
Many people, including actors and actresses, suffer from prominent veins in the centre of their forehead. These veins run from the hairline straight down the forehead to the nose. Sometimes there is one central vein. In other cases, there can be two or three prominent veins. These veins enlarge and become prominent in the heat, after exercise, during smiling and with alcohol. They can be very embarrassing and people who suffer from them say they ruin photographs, particularly in the sunshine. Up until recently, there has been no treatment that has been successful for these veins. After many years of research, we have developed a way of treating these veins through a single needle hole for each vein, at the top of the forehead. A special laser fibre is passed down each of these veins. Local anaesthetic and cold air are used to protect the skin while the vein is then closed by the laser. For the first time, patients can get rid of these vertical forehead veins using pinhole surgery as a walk-in walk-out procedure. Prof Mark Whiteley has applied for a patent for this new operation and it is currently undergoing examination.
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Why is it important?
Most doctors tell patients that these vertical veins in the middle of their forehead cannot be treated. This is why it is so important that patients are aware that there is a treatment for these prominent and unsightly veins.
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This page is a summary of: Endovenous Thermal Ablation of Prominent Central Forehead Veins (Supratrochlear Veins), Dermatologic Surgery, October 2020, Wolters Kluwer Health, DOI: 10.1097/dss.0000000000002778.
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