Treating Spider Veins on the Face

The thighs aren’t the only place that spider veins can crop up.  Spider veins on the face, also known as telangiectasia, can form on the nose, cheeks or chin.  While they don’t pose a Spider Veinsmedical problem, many find them unattractive and a number of spider veins treatment options are available to remove them.

Causes of Telangiectasia
Facial spider veins occur when tiny veins in the face become blocked or twisted due to poor circulation or abnormalities inside the veins.  These veins can form themselves into a matted pattern, and their spider-like pattern is often quite noticeable on the skin.

Most spider veins on the face are related to:

  1. Age.  Older adults (above age 50) are more prone to spider veins, though younger adults may see them as well.
  2. Sex.  Women are four times as likely to have spider veins.  They are also more likely to have spider veins while pregnant, though not on the face.

Treatments
Patients have a number of options for spider and varicose veins treatment – whether on the face or the body.  The best option or you may depend on several factors, so it’s best to consult with your vascular physician.

  • Laser Ablation – a laser is used to send very strong blasts of light into the skin, which slowly makes the veins disappear.  Heat from the laser can make it mildly painful, but it is mostly safe and often preferred for small facial spider veins.
  • Sclerotherapy Aventura – this treatment involves injecting the affected veins with a chemical solution that causes the veins to seal shut and stops blood flow.  The veins then turn into scar tissue and fade away.
  • Surgery – surgery is a very extreme alternative to serious varicose veins.  It is very infrequently used to treat spider veins on the face.
Miss Jan January 26th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Unfortunately most MDs that are derms are highly dismissive of this problem unless they are running a cosmetic surgery biz on the side. I am going to have to have my regular MD recommend laser procedures – whatever is current and effective – and have my insurance cover it because I have been subjected to so many nasty comments about the redness “meaning” that I “drink” – never have and NEVER WILL but I even have had to go through pee tests at the demand of my office managers (8 x over the last decade) who “believe” that the broken capillaries on the face, esp. with assorted rosacea symptoms, are indicative of drinking alcohol. That Hollywood myth started decades ago has never gone away, thank you very much WC Fields who NEVER drank either, he had rosacea and broken capillaries too.

Marina January 28th, 2013 at 9:44 am

Miss Jan – do they make only you submit to “pee tests?” For drugs or drinking? If they make only you do it just because you have red skin, you ought to consider taking legal action against the company because that’s completely not legal.

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