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Causes & Treatments for Spider Veins

What is Spider Veins?

Before we look into the treatments for spider veins, let us understand more about this vein dilation and its probable causes.

Dilated facial veins (Varicose Veins) also known as “spider veins”, is a common benign skin disorder. The widened blood vessels give the appearance of fine, easily visible, threadlike red lines or patterns that appear just beneath the skin surface. It grows gradually and is often seen in clusters. Spider veins are generally seen on areas frequently exposed to sunlight, like the cheeks and the nose. The causes that enlarge these blood vessels are unknown. There is a genetic predisposition, aggravated by sun damage, extreme heat or cold.

lady with varicose veins and spider veins

Patients More Likely to Develop Spider Veins Include Those Who:

  • work or play outdoors;
  • are older, as your blood vessels begin to weaken and spider veins are more likely to form as skin ages;
  • use health and beauty products that cause skin irritation, such as abrasive soaps and sponges;
  • use corticosteroids and some skin products which thin and weaken the skin;
  • drink too much alcohol, which increases the flow of blood in vessels; and are affected with diseases like rosacea, scleroderma, dermatomyositis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Treatment for Spider Veins

Many patients find their dilated facial veins unattractive and want to have them removed. Treatment for spider veins improves your skin’s appearance. I treat dilated facial veins using a 577 nm Pro Yellow pulse dye laser. This laser for spider veins targets the widened blood vessel, forcing its walls to collapse. This reduces the appearance of red marks or patterns on the skin. Widespread and persistent facial flushing which gives the face a ‘ruddy’ complexion is caused by many tiny dilated broken facial veins. The spider veins requires treatment with the Pro Yellow laser scanner which carefully and precisely seals the many dilated blood vessels in the skin.

Treatment with the Pro Yellow laser for is painless and takes 5 to 15 minutes. There is no downtime. Therefore, you can resume your daily activities after your treatment. In order to reduce new spider veins from forming, it is good practice to protect your skin from excessive sun exposure and extreme temperatures.