Endovenous Thermal Ablation of Prominent Central Forehead Veins (Supratrochlear Veins)

Dermatol Surg. 2021 Mar 1;47(3):e97-e100. doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000002778.


Background: Many patients complain of prominent vertical veins in the center of their forehead, worse when smiling, wrinkling the forehead in bright light, leaning forward, and when vasodilated in heat, when exercising, or with alcohol. Previous attempts to treat these with external laser, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy have not been successful.

Objective: To describe a new method of treating prominent vertical forehead veins and to report the early results.

Materials and methods: We used endovenous laser ablation with a 1470 nm diode laser in 15 patients (F:M 12:3; mean age 38.4 years range 24-69). A bare fiber was used once and a 400-μm single ring radial fiber (Biolitec, Vienna, Austria) in all other cases. Tumescence was placed around the vein and a power of 2 to 3 W with a pullback of 7 to 10 seconds per centimeter.

Results: Twelve of the 15 patients (80%) ended up with a good cosmetic result and were satisfied, although 2 needed redo treatment. One patient had minor skin tethering, and 2 (13%) suffered burns-one was the only bare fiber case and the other, the only one where 4 W was used.

Conclusion: We present a novel technique to treat prominent vertical forehead veins, with apparently good early results.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Angioplasty, Laser / adverse effects
  • Angioplasty, Laser / methods*
  • Esthetics
  • Female
  • Forehead / blood supply*
  • Humans
  • Lasers, Semiconductor / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Varicose Veins / surgery*
  • Young Adult