Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias or “broken capillaries”, form when small veins under the skin become dilated. They look like red, blue-green or purple sunburst or web like patterns and often occur on the legs but also may appear on the face. Up to 60% of adult men and women have spider veins or varicose veins; however, spider veins are twice as common in women.
Spider veins are often the result of aging and ultraviolet (UV) damage. Heredity, weight gain or obesity, hormonal changes with use of BCPs, pregnancy and menopause, and history of blot clots or leg injuries may also contribute to the development of spider veins.
On the face, spider veins also often occur on the cheeks, nose and chin, where they can contribute an appearance of facial redness or flushing.
Spider veins can also occur on the arms, back, chest and legs. Leg spider veins in particular can make men and women who have them feel self-conscious, causing them to cover up by wearing long sleeve pants and shirts when they could otherwise wear shorts and tank tops or camisoles.
Telangiectasias/spider veins, generally considered cosmetic, are treatable but not curable conditions. Many men and women opt to treat their spider veins for cosmetic reasons or because their presence causes them discomfort.
At SkinMD Seattle, we treat spider veins with laser ablation, light therapy, electrodessication or cryosurgery depending on location, severity and skin type.
The modalities we use are minimally invasive and require no anesthesia. Recovery time is quite short and there is usually no social downtime.
If you are wondering about treatment options for spider veins on your face or legs, contact us for a comprehensive consultation with a SkinMD skin expert, so that we can assess and discuss the best treatment options that fit your needs.