Dilated facial veins, also known as “spider veins”, is a common benign skin disorder. The widened blood vessels give the appearance of fine, easy 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. Patients more likely to develop spider veins include those who:
Many patients find their dilated facial veins unattractive and want to have them removed. Treatment is done to improve your skin’s appearance. I treat dilated facial veins using a 577 nm Pro Yellow pulse dye laser. This laser is specially designed to target the widened blood vessel, forcing its walls to collapse. This reduces the appearance of the red marks or patterns on the skin. Widespread and persistent facial flushing which give the face a ‘ruddy’ complexion is caused by many tiny dilated broken facial veins. This condition 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 is painless and takes 5 to 15 minutes. There is no recovery period required and you can continue with your daily activities without interruption. However, to reduce new spider veins from forming, it is good practice to protect your skin from excessive sun exposure and extreme temperatures.
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