Clothing can cover up even the worst cases of leg veins, but facial veins unfortunately are visible for all of us to see.
What are Facial Veins?
Clothing can cover up even the worst cases of leg veins, but facial veins unfortunately are visible for all of us to see. Facial veins are not linked to any health risks, but can cause discomfort and embarrassment. These veins are essentially dilated blood vessels that appear as thin red veins or slightly larger blue-green veins. Facial veins are normally categorized as either spider veins or reticular veins. Typically, they appear on the nose, cheeks, forehead, eyelids, neck, and upper chest.
Formation of Facial Veins
Marked by a fine, irregular pattern reminiscent of a spider’s web, spider veins are smaller and usually found on the nose, chin, and cheeks. Meanwhile, the larger reticular veins (roughly 2-3 mm) are normally found by the temple and at the edge of the jaw. Facial veins are hereditary and considered an aesthetic issue, often associated with rosacea and liver disease. They can also be caused by sun damage and hormonal changes such as those that occur during pregnancy.
Treatment of Facial Veins
Since facial spider veins have become such a nuisance, there are now viable options to eliminate them. While, these facial veins do in fact carry blood, they are not a part of your venous valve system. This means facial veins serve no function and can be removed without any harm to yourself. Since even large facial veins are relatively small and your face is a delicate area, vein removal surgery is not usually an option. Therefore, the ideal treatment options for facial veins are laser vein removal and sclerotherapy.
Laser Vein Removal—The facial vein treatment most recommended by vein clinics for facial spider veins is laser vein removal. This method offers a low risk, effective solution. While other more invasive treatments can cause scarring, laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments destroy the blood vessel, while leaving the surrounding tissue untouched.
Sclerotherapy—Sclerotherapy for facial vein removal is reserved for those larger reticular veins that may be unaffected by laser vein removal. Unlike laser vein removal, sclerotherapy is an injectable solution, best suiting it for medium-sized veins. Because the smallest facial veins are simply too small for the needle, sclerotherapy forces the blood to coagulate in the facial vein, breaking it down over time.