You’re probably familiar with spider veins, which generally appear on the legs. Thread veins are similar, and they are the equivalent of spider veins on the face. Technically, they are known as telangiectases.
While you might tolerate these thin, purple and red lines on your legs, your face is a different story. Fortunately, eliminating these veins involves one or more short sessions with a dermatologist.
Thread veins occur when the tiniest of blood vessels, the capillaries, rupture. They usually show up on the nose, cheeks and chin. They pose no danger, but do mar your appearance. As with spider and varicose veins, broken facial capillaries are a consequence of aging. Many folks are genetically predisposed to developing thread veins.
While there’s no surefire way to prevent thread veins, there are ways to reduce the odds of broken capillaries. Too much time spent in the sun is a trigger, as is harsh scrubbing. And yes, people who drink to excess often suffer from thread veins. Avoiding spicy food and not consuming too much alcohol reduces the risk of thread vein development.
There are several treatment options for eradicating thread lines. Electrocautery is an old-fashioned but still useful method. The doctor attaches a fine needle to her electrocautery unit, and applies the needle to the thread veins. The heat from the needle burns them away, and you only need one application. You might feel a stinging sensation. While effective and relatively inexpensive, electrocautery can, rarely, cause scarring in some patients.
Intense pulsed light treatments require several sessions, but most people have good results. It’s neither invasive nor painful.
A series of laser treatments will rid you of broken capillaries, but this choice is somewhat costlier than electrocautery. If you can afford it, laser treatments are probably your best bet.
It takes a while for your skin to heal after treatments. Stay out of the sun, and don’t touch any scabs resulting from the thread vein removal. Don’t exfoliate or visit any saunas or steam rooms until your doctor gives the OK. It’s crucial to wear sunscreen whenever you are outdoors, and continue to do so long after your skin heals to prevent additional capillary breakage. Your dermatologist may recommend creams or oils to use on your face to protect it and speed the healing process.
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