It’s estimated that 7 out of 10 women and 3 out of 10 men will form visible facial veins in their lifetime, and for most people in San Diego, they are not a welcome sight. Broken veins that twist and turn can make one look older and unhealthier than they really are.
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our board-certified San Diego dermatologists are leading authorities on facial vein treatments. In fact, our founder and medical director, Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman is world-renowned for his pioneering research on vein therapy and has published numerous highly-regarded research studies, manuscripts, and textbooks on the subject.
There are differences between the types of visible veins that can form on the face and our dermatologists take this into account when determining a treatment plan. We have the most state-of-the-art technology available to safely and effectively diminish various types of broken facial veins.
What are Facial Spider Veins?
Spider veins are blood vessels that have dilated due to weak blood vessel walls. The weakened walls expand, allowing more blood to pool into the vein, making them more visible from the surface of the skin. When they are red they are known as telangiectasias and when they are blue, they are known as reticular veins.
Spider veins are generally smaller veins that often form on the cheeks, nose, and chin. Reticular veins are larger, less common types of facial veins, often appearing on the temples and forehead.
Facial veins typically form in people with lighter skin and become more common as people age, often due to excessive sun exposure, alcohol intake or genetic reasons.
Common Risk Factors for Unsightly Veins
Certain other factors may also increase the risk of having visible facial veins.
Some people suffer from a type of facial redness that includes inflammation, acne-like pimples, and swelling called rosacea. It can form on the forehead, the chin, cheeks, and nose. Rosacea can also have red facial telangiectasias. They tend to get worse with heat, sun exposure, alcohol and eating hot and/or spicy foods.
If one’s parents or grandparents had visible facial veins, there’s a good chance that the ensuing generations will, too. Rosacea is especially common with those of Scotch-Irish heritage.
The damage that UV rays can cause skin can also affect deeper blood vessels. In addition to causing wrinkles or rough texture from damaging the skin’s outer layer, UV rays also cause the tiny, frail capillaries just below the skin’s surface to weaken and break more easily. Sun damage can lead to spider veins.
During pregnancy, the mother has increased blood flow and increased estrogen and other hormones, which can cause her veins to enlarge and form spider veins.
Hormone changes due to birth control pills or estrogen replacement therapy may also cause similar vascular issues.
Some activities or certain bodily functions that put stress on the facial skin can lead to vein breakage. Patients with allergies who sneeze a lot, for example, are more susceptible to facial veins. People who have had injuries to their face, such as athletes and those who have had surgery are also more vulnerable, particularly if they suffer multiple injuries that resulted in bruising or lacerations.
Research suggests that they can develop due to several common habits and activities:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Excessive sun exposure
- Previous surgery
- Radiation treatment
- Topical or systemic steroid use
Often, a disorder or condition with no clear-cut causes also has few preventative measures. Biological aging cannot be delayed, but following a good daily skin care routine that includes sunscreen, moisturizers, and mild cleansers can certainly reduce the chances, and perhaps the impact, of forming facial veins.
Another measure is avoiding overexposure to the sun. Otherwise, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology has a variety of treatment options that are safe and effective in treating facial veins in San Diego.
Learn more about spider veins at WebMD.com.
In general, laser facial vein treatments deliver the best, most consistent results. Safe and effective, they offer natural-looking improvement. Unsightly facial veins can be treated with more precision with lasers than nearly all other treatments can. This means that only the targeted veins will be touched and the surrounding skin and tissue are unaffected. Dr. Mitchel Goldman in San Diego is considered a world authority on effective, state-of-the-art vein treatments, including the following:
Pulsed Dye Lasers (PDL) – For troublesome spider veins, PDL safely and effectively targets veins with a penetrating laser until they are erased.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – IPL reduces the appearance of veins by gently shooting pulses of broadband light into your skin to dissolve them.
Nd:YAG Laser Treatment –The Nd:YAG laser shoots intense light into targeted veins until they are erased. For optimal results, a combination PDL/Nd:YAG treatment is a good option.
To Learn More about Treating Unsightly Facial Blood Vessels, Contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology
Facial veins can negatively impact people socially and professionally, but there are ways to control and treat them. To find out more, contact San Diego’s premier vein specialists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology. Contact us online or call (858) 943-2113.
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