Spider Veins on the Face can be unsightly and embarrassing. Fortunately, there is a simple, effective and inexpensive solution.
The medical term for spider veins on the nose and cheeks is facial telangiectasia. These are tiny superficial, blood vessels in the skin typically measuring less than 1 mm. They are very common and they can be unsightly and upsetting. They can be congenital, that is you may have been born with them or they may have developed over the course of many years. Sun exposure is the main aggravating factor for their appearance, but other important causes are liver disease, rosacea, smoking, use of steroid creams and alcohol.
Many of us who spend a lot of time outside either riding or sailing or people who have an out-door occupation such as farmers, window cleaners, gardeners or builders can get them because of sun exposure and ultraviolet damage to the skin. Hence, Living on the coast we are more prone to these little gems!
Fortunately, they can be treated very simply using our Thermavein machine. A tiny needle, the size of a hair is used to apply a 0.2s pulse to seal the vein.The process is repeated along the length of the vein until it is permanently closed. The pulse cauterises the blood vessel and over the course of a few days it disperses. In general the results are excellent. The procedure takes about 20 minutes. You will have some redness, and some flaking over the treated area for the next week or so, but it soon settles.
Unlike leg spider veins, there is no need for a duplex ultrasound scan but after successful treatment, it is important to address any pre-disposing factors to minimise the risk of the spider veins reappearing. This usually means applying a good quality UV protecting sun cream to reduce the damaging effects of ultraviolet light.
Leg spider veins – also called thread veins or broken veins – are very common and before treating these leg veins, it is very important to identify any underlying cause.
We have lots of patients come to see us about unsightly veins on legs, however for the majority of people with thread veins, there is a problem with the valves of the superficial veins – either in the larger vein called the saphenous vein, or in smaller veins called reticular veins or feeder veins. That’s why it is very important to get a duplex ultrasound scan before deciding how to treat spider veins. A duplex scan will identify which veins have faulty valves and how best this can be put right. For the remainder, there may be aggravating factors but the cause is not known. These leg thread veins are called idiopathic. A duplex ultrasound scan is needed to make sure that people with leg spider veins are classified correctly so they get the correct treatment.
We are happy to assess leg veins as to suitability for treatment however we do advise patients to have a duplex scan prior to treatment to ensure optimum results.
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If you’re worried about spider veins on your face and you would like a confidential chat please do get in touch. We would be very happy to offer you a free one-to-one consultation without obligation. You can call and book an appointment with either Dr Victoria Manning or Dr Charlotte Woodward direct without a referral from your GP.
Call us on 01590 608480.