Facial veins are broken blood vessels and are also referred to as “spider veins.” Broken blood vessels happen when the veins are dilated or enlarged just beneath the surface of your skin. Most commonly, they surface on the legs and face. Facial veins are visible and result in small, red lines that spread in a spider-web shape across the face. The blood vessels are harmless medically, but they may cause insecurities or make you feel self-conscious. However, facial veins can be treated by a medical professional.
What Causes Facial Veins?
Before treatment, you’ll want to understand the underlying cause of your facial veins. Below are some of the common causes of facial veins.
- Genetics: While it is not fully understood, facial veins tend to be hereditary.
- Rosacea: This is a skin condition that leads to redness and flushing. With certain types of rosacea, facial veins are more common.
- Weather Changes: Hot weather can increase the dilation in blood vessels.
- Alcohol Use: Moderate or occasional alcohol use can cause your skin to flush.
However, excessive drinking can lead to spider veins.
- Natural Body Functions: Things like vomiting or sneezing can cause facial veins. Any sudden or intense pressure in your face can cause the blood vessels to break.
- Pregnancy: Increase estrogen during pregnancy can lead to broken blood vessels. Pregnancy-related spider veins generally heal on their own after the baby is born.
- Sun Exposure: Just like with heat, excessive sun exposure can enlarge your blood vessels. If you are sunburned on your face, the blood vessels may become more noticeable.
- Injuries: Injuries can lead to bruising on your face. Bruises will make broken blood vessels more noticeable.
While not all facial veins can be prevented, there are some steps you can take to minimize the risk. Again, this is difficult because some factors may make it impossible to prevent, like genetics. However, below you will find the most common prevention measures.
Avoid Extreme Heat: High temperatures and hot weather can dilate your blood vessels. Avoid spas, saunas, hot tubs, and extremely hot weather if possible.
Limit Sun Exposure: Avoid the sun if possible, especially during the peak hours of daylight. If you are in the sun, wear sunscreen, a large hat, and layers of dark clothing to protect your skin.
Avoid Certain Foods: Vasodilators cause your vessels to fill with blood. This makes your spider veins more visible. Common foods and drinks with vasodilators include spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol.
Before treatment, you’ll need to get diagnosed by a doctor. This is fairly simple and requires only a visual examination of the affected area. There are a wide variety of vein treatments, but some of the most effective treatments include the following:
Sclerotherapy: This is the most common treatment. During the procedure, the specialist will use an injectable solution to address facial veins. The solution is injected directly into the vein to collapse and dissolve it.
Laser Vein Treatment: This utilizes advanced laser technology to treat facial veins. The laser targets the affected area and reduces the appearance of the facial vein.
Facial Vein Treatment in the Central Valley Area
Bakersfield MedSpa and our team of technicians specialize in premier facial treatments. We are focused on carefully creating a customized treatment plan to help each patient achieve their desired aesthetic. We have state-of-the-art technology to perform a variety of treatments. From facial veins and chemical peels to acne scar removal and Botox treatments, we are equipped to address any facial or skin concerns. Call the office for a consultation and our team of experts at Bakersfield MedSpa will help you with any of your skin concerns.