Facial Veins


If you’re suffering from facial veins, rest assured that you’re not alone.

Nearly half of the female population over the age of 50 has spider veins on their face. Caused by malfunctioning vein valves, they’re usually a hereditary condition. Fortunately, modern medicine has several non-invasive techniques to rid you of this affliction. If you want your face to look younger and fresh again, call the experts at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey to schedule an appointment. Do it today!

Facial veins, also known as facial spider veins, are winding, thread-like red or blue veins on your face. The term spider veins refers to the tendency of these veins to spread out in a spider web configuration. While not typically painful, facial veins can cause discomfort or embarrassment. Additionally, they may be the outward sign of an underlying health condition.

Face veins that appear just below the surface of your skin usually are the result of blood vessels that have broken due to damaged valves within the veins. These valves regulate the flow of blood to your heart. When they malfunction, the blood can pool or even flow backward, causing the veins to stretch and bulge. The distended veins appear larger and darker than normal, creating the effect of spider veins.

Causes of Facial Spider Veins

Facial spider veins tend to appear most often in aging female adults, although there are always exceptions. Most spider veins form on the nose, cheeks or chin. Typically, they don’t pose serious medical concerns, but you need to get confirmation of their non-threatening nature from an experienced vein doctor. At the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey, Dr. Dmitry Gorelik provides a firm diagnosis and the knowledge for how to get rid of spider veins on your face.

The most common causes of facial veins include:

 Genes. Large facial veins can be a hereditary trait.

 Sun exposure. Sun damage to the skin causes your veins to enlarge. Peeling skin can make blood vessels seem larger and more noticeable.

 Pregnancy. Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause veins to enlarge. These swollen veins typically appear in the face, neck, hands or legs. Facial veins caused by pregnancy are usually temporary, disappearing within a few weeks of childbirth.

 Rosacea. A common skin disease that causes a flushed skin tone, rosacea is also responsible for spider veins on the face.

 Alcohol consumption. Excessive drinking dilates veins and can even cause blood vessels to burst. The damaged facial veins become inflamed and more visible.


Treatment for Facial Thread Veins

Your treatment for spider veins on your face depends on the cause of the vein condition. During your initial vein consultation, your doctor diagnoses your facial veins by performing a thorough physical examination and review of your health history.

Once Dr. Gorelik has identified the cause, he can recommend the most appropriate vein treatment options for your face veins, such as:

 Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. This method uses an intense, non-laser source of polychromatic light to generate heat and collapse the walls of your spider veins. After a few weeks, the body absorbs these veins, clearing your skin. IPL works well on veins that are close to the surface of the skin. It’s also used to treat unwanted hair growth.

 Laser therapy. Your New Jersey vein specialist uses laser therapy for face veins that are narrower than the width of a 30-gauge needle. Laser therapy is a safe and effective procedure. Red veins on your face typically disappear completely within two to six weeks after the treatment.

 Sclerotherapy. The most common method used to treat spider veins on your face, Dr. Gorelik injects a chemical or saline solution into the damaged facial veins. The solution destroys the wall of the damaged veins and causes them to shut down, allowing your blood to flow through the healthier vessels nearby.

Depending on your condition, your doctor may use these techniques alone or in combination to ensure all your facial veins are totally obliterated. At the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey, your health and your appearance are both top priorities.

How to Prevent Spider Veins in Your Face

A facial vein may or may not bother you, but many people feel that clear, younger-looking skin is important to their self-esteem. After you’ve undergone facial red vein removal, you can take steps recommended by your NJ vein doctor to reduce the risk of developing more unsightly face veins.

Common preventive measures include:

 Limiting sun exposure. Too much sun causes facial veins and makes existing facial veins more noticeable.

 Avoiding high temperatures. Heat causes veins to dilate. Widened, red facial veins have increased visibility. Only use warm or cold water to wash your face. And avoid hot showers and saunas, especially if you have a family history of veins on the face or you’ve had them in the past.

 Reducing caffeine and alcohol intake. Both caffeine and alcohol act as vasodilators. They widen the blood vessels and enhance blood flow, which increases the size and appearance of spider veins.

Contact the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey for an appointment when your facial veins become bothersome for any reason. Dr. Dmitry Gorelik can design a facial vein removal treatment plan with your unique needs and goals in mind. There are three convenient locations in northern NJ for you to choose from: Parsippany, Old Bridge or Sayerville.

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