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How Do You Treat Veins that Appear on Your Face?

If you’re wondering how to get rid of facial veins, your nearby vein clinic offers effective, nearly-painless, state-of-the-art spider vein treatment options. Spider veins (also called telangiectasia) are the webbed clusters of broken capillaries that typically appear on the face, chest and other parts of the body. Facial veins can make your skin appear red in areas where the “webs” are visible and may also cause minor itching. Although classified as a cosmetic concern, banishing spider veins is well worthwhile. After treatment to have the annoying, red or bluish, thread-like veins eliminated, you’ll enjoy a smooth skin tone and renewed confidence.

What Causes Spider Veins on the Face?

Anything that weakens, damages or dehydrates facial skin can contribute to facial spider vein formation. Risk factors for developing spider veins include:

  • Heredity
  • Aging
  • Sun exposure (damage from UV rays)
  • Facial skin conditions, like acne or rosacea
  • Injury/trauma to the area repeated hard scrubbing of the face
  • Hormonal changes throughout life
  • Weight gain/obesity
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Smoking

Treatment for Face Veins

Your vein doctor can treat veins on the face in several different ways. The most effective spider vein treatment options include:

  • Sclerotherapy injections are done with a very thin, tiny needle, delivering a liquid substance to irritate the vein walls and destroy it. Some spider veins are too small for this treatment.
  • Laser ablation can easily focus in on color (the tiny red or blue vessels), and destroy the spider veins with light energy or photocoagulation. This type of treatment gives a rubber-band snapping sensation on the face during treatment.
  • Veinwave is a slightly gentler treatment that uses radio-frequency energy. A tiny, insulated probe destroys spider veins using heat energy (causing thermocoagulation)—without harm to the skin. The treatment typically brings instant gratification, with spider veins disappearing right before your eyes.

Can Future Face Veins be Prevented?

Since the tendency to develop facial spider veins is still present, even after your existing face veins are treated, you may need touch-up treatments in future. By avoiding sun exposure (wearing a hat, sunglasses and/or sunscreen) and changing any lifestyle issues (like limiting alcohol or quitting smoking), you can reduce the chance that new spider veins will form. If you can’t avoid recurrence entirely, taking lifestyle steps could limit the number of new veins.

If facial spider veins are getting you down, contact the Vein & Vascular Institute of New Jersey today.

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