Facial spiral veins appear around the cheek and nose. These small purple or reddish veins are also called ‘broken veins’ or ‘capillary veins’. Multiple factors can cause broken blood vessels in anyone and at any age. However, some people are at high risk of developing them in comparison.

Causes of facial spider veins

  • Genetic and heredity – Facial thread veins are prone to run in families.
  • Sun exposure – UV rays enlarge blood vessels drawing them close to the skin surface.
  • Weather changes – Severe weather changes can impact blood circulation, which causes facial skin to flush. Due to these blood vessels burst causing broken veins.
  • Pressure changes – Extreme or sudden pressure changes due to vomiting or hard sneezing can trigger broken blood vessels.
  • Pregnancy – During pregnancy, there are hormonal changes. More estrogen gets produced, which weakens the veins. Blood circulation increases, so the blood vessels get enlarged, clogged, and break. It is a temporary phase. The broken blood vessels disappear after the baby is born.
  • Rosacea – In this medical condition, the skin gets red and flushed because of enlarged blood vessels.
  • Environmental irritants – Pollutants and certain chemical exposure can cause skin damage and make veins more visible.
  • Alcohol consumption – Blood vessels get dilated temporarily with the consumption of alcohol. Frequently drinking alcohol can lead to permanently broken veins and facial redness.
  • Injuries – Injuries to the head can bruise blood vessels causing it to break. However, broken blood vessels heal along with the bruise.

Treatment for facial spider veins

Today, laser treatment is popular as it is an easy, quick, and effective way to eliminate or reduce broken veins. People with bleeding or scarring issues are not eligible for laser therapy. If you live in the neighborhood of Wentworthville 2145, then make an appointment to get your skin evaluated at the Mouda laser skin clinic. Laser therapy is great for spider veins but not varicose veins, so a skin evaluation is essential.

Medical laser types for spider veins treatment

Most popular systems used are –

IPL [Intensive Pulsed Laser]

  • Vbeam Perfecta
  • PDL [Pulsed Dyed Laser]
  • VascuLight

How does advanced laser device work?

The laser pierces the skin and penetrates blood vessels. The heat generated from the laser coagulates blood within veins making it collapse and seal. In a few weeks, the vein disappears and the complexion appears healthy and youthful. As the laser is focused precisely, there are no concerns about harming the surrounding skin tissue.

How to prepare for laser therapy?

Treatment preparation for facial spider vein is minimal. Seven days before the treatment avoid alcohol consumption, anticoagulant drugs, and sun exposure. Before your appointment avoid the application of lotions, moisturizers, and creams.

What to expect during and post-laser therapy?

The entire process gets completed within an hour. Some patients are more at ease when the dermatologist applies a topical anesthetic. However, there is minimal discomfort. Eyes are covered with opaque protective goggles for protection from the intense laser beam. The laser has an inbuilt cooling system, which reduces the burning sensation. A mild tingling sensation can be felt.

Post-treatment, a little bump under-treated area will be felt. It is temporary and disappears in a few hours. Facial skin appearance will be red equivalent to a cat-scratch. Crusting or bruising is rare. Gradually, the spider veins color change and ultimately in 2 to 4 weeks disappear completely.