Spider veins on the face are dilated blood vessels below the surface of the skin and are typically red or purple in color, with a weblike appearance.
We often see these broken blood vessels on the legs and lower extremities, but it’s not unusual to encounter spider veins on the face as well. In fact, spider veins can present on virtually any part of the body.
So, why do some people get these enlarged veins, while others don’t? And if you do have them, how can you get rid of them?
Here’s everything you need to know about spider veins on the face: causes and treatment options.
Spider veins on the face can occur in women and men at any point in their lives. However, certain factors make spider veins more likely in some individuals.
Genetics is one of the most well-known causes of spider veins – So, if you have one or more family members with this condition, you are at increased risk of it.
Sun exposure is another source of spider veins, as UV rays can damage and enlarge blood vessels and pull them closer to the skin. Fluctuations in weather and internal pressure can also result in circulatory changes and broken blood vessels.
Spider veins and varicose veins are also quite common with pregnancy (due to hormonal influence) and rosacea.
Additionally, alcohol consumption can cause temporary or longer-lasting dilation of blood vessels, depending on frequency of use.
Finally, head injuries that produce bruising are often accompanied by spider veins on the face – both typically resolve at the same rate.
There are several treatment options for spider veins on the face to consider.
Retinoids offer a topical approach that improves the overall health of skin and makes spider veins less visible.
When it comes to safely and effectively eliminating spider veins, sclerotherapy is recognized by many as the gold-standard. This in-office procedure injects a chemical solution into the affected vein, causing it to collapse and gradually disappear.
Laser therapy and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) are both non-invasive treatments for broken blood vessels that deliver light-based energy at specific or varying wavelengths to heat and destroy spider veins.
To learn more about causes and treatment options for spider veins on the face, please contact Vein Center of Maryland today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our vein specialists.