Spider veins on the face, also referred to as facial telangiectasia, is a common complaint among men and women today. Telangiectasia affects approximately one-third of female adults and 40% of men in the U.S.
These delicate vessels are often thought of as broken but instead, are enlarged blood vessels that aggregated to the surface of the skin. While usually harmless, and appear mostly on the chin, cheeks, and nose, are oftentimes signs of underlying medical conditions.
Common causes of spider veins
Alcohol Use: Chronic alcohol intake can raise blood pressure and enlarge the delicate blood vessels of the face.
Aging: Aging skin becomes thinner allowing blood vessels to become more visible. These vessels are also more fragile making them prone to break and appear spidery in appearance.
Pregnancy: Blood flow increases during pregnancy, so it intensifies the effects of telangiectasia on the face.
Sun Exposure: Skin damage caused by overexposure to the sun can result in broken blood vessels across the nose, chin, and cheeks.
Rosacea: A chronic inflammatory disorder of the skin resulting in redness of the face and increased visibility of broken blood vessels.
Telangiectasia is not just a cosmetic problem, however, and can come with symptoms such as pain, itching, aching, blood clots and even spontaneous bleeding. While some of the effects are treatable with skin care regimens, prescription medicines and the avoidance of triggers that can worsen the condition, seeking professional help can be beneficial.
Denver Vein Center offers some different treatment options to remove spider veins which may improve your overall appearance and health. For a pre-treatment assessment to determine the best plan of action for you, please get in touch with us today!