What is it about?

Bulging or green/blue/red veins on the face can be treated - but it is essential to assess them properly and use the correct treatments to get the best results. This article explains which veins are simple to treat, and the new techniques to treat bulging veins around the eyes, on the forehead and on the temple. Lasers, radiofrequency, IPL, electrolysis and surgery are discussed - and also why sclerotherapy is dangerous on the face.

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Why is it important?

Although many clinics treat small thread veins on the face, most patients with bulging veins on the face, around the eyes, on the temple and on the forehead are told that there is little or nothing that can be done for them. Over the last 4-5 years, research by Mark Whiteley and Victoria Whiteley from The Whiteley Clinic has opened up new treatments for these difficult veins. This article helps practitioners in the field understand the new treatments available for these veins that have been difficult to treat in the past.


The development of new techniques to treat cosmetic veins on the face, that have previously been thought to be "untreatable", is part of the worldwide development of a new area of medicine - Aesthetic Phlebology. As the UK does not train venous surgeons or phlebologists in the NHS or Medical Schools, the UK lags behind other countries in Phlebology and also Aesthetic Phlebology. However, Mark Whiteley set up The Whiteley Clinic in 2001 as a specialist in clinic with a strong research arm - and then in 2011 The College of Phlebology to teach doctors and nurses the latest treatments in Phlebology. The result is that now Mark and his team are regarded as leaders in the new speciality of Aesthetic Phlebology - as this article shows.

Professor Mark S Whiteley
The Whiteley Clinic

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This page is a summary of: Assessment, treatment and new approaches to facial veins, Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, November 2021, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/joan.2021.10.9.388.
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