Facial red veins are blood vessels close to the epidermis that have broken and become dilated, making them noticeable. They’re also called spider veins because they can resemble a spider’s body and legs or occasionally a spiders web.
They affect both men and women, and can be caused by a number of things including ageing – it is common in menopausal women because they experience skin thinning which results in blood vessels being closer to the surface. The condition is also caused by alcohol, sun damage, injury, reaction to a skin irritant, changes in hormones, and genetic predisposition.
Whilst they are not harmful, they can be very embarrassing and difficult to disguise. However, the good news is that you can do something about them and they generally respond well to treatment. We have two clinically-proven treatments at the Clinic which have produced results our patients have been very pleased with.
Veinwave provides effective treatment for spider veins as well as blood spots, also known as Cherry Angiomas. Through an ultra-fine needle, it delivers a safe high-frequency wave (a sort of microwave) where the vein is heated until it’s destroyed – a process known as thermo-coagulation. The vein is then reabsorbed by the body.
Pulsed Dye Laser
This laser targets broken veins as well as other vascular-related skin concerns, such background redness that can often be associated with Rosacea. The laser light energy is used to collapse the desired blood vessels, which are then safely reabsorbed into the body much like with the Veinwave treatment.
Each concern is different, as each individual’s response to treatment; some patients may get their desired results after a single session however some may need 2 or more treatments to achieve the desired effect. It’s important to have a discussion with your practitioner to discuss what type of treatment may be most appropriate for your concerns as well as to discuss if there is any ‘down-time’ after the treatment such as redness or light scabbing.
In some cases, maintenance treatment may be required, for example, if your concern is a result of Rosacea you may need to have intermittent treatments to reduce your symptoms. No matter what type of treatment, occasionally the concern can return at a later date due to the continuous pumping of the circulatory system and can be retreated.
If you are concerned about spider veins on your legs, we always suggest that you see a specialist for a Doppler Ultrasound exam to determine if those small veins are being fed by a lager, deeper vessel which may need alternative treatment prior to us treating the smaller vessels.
If you would like to find out more or make an appointment for facial red vein treatment, call us on 01727 837429 or click here to message us online.
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