Flawless skin is a very coveted thing in our culture. We don’t want wrinkles, spots, or lines. We want to stay young-looking forever. Unfortunately, due to genetics and outside sources, we cannot always control the marks that pop up on our face or other areas of our bodies, including broken capillaries. Broken capillaries often appear on the face and legs; these broken capillaries are also known as spider veins. Many people can ignore or tolerate these lines on their legs, but they can be embarrassing and harder to hide on the face.
Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia or sunburst varicosities, are small, thin veins that are close to the surface of the skin. They are red, purple, or blue in color. They are not an essential part of the venous system. Unlike varicose veins, there are no health risks to having spider veins (for the most part). They are considered to be merely a cosmetic issue.
If spider veins genetically run in your family, there is a chance you will inherit them, despite your best skincare routine efforts. Aging also causes spider veins to appear. Why? As you get older, the skin becomes thinner and more transparent.
Lifestyle wise, alcoholism can also produce spider veins in the skin. Alcoholism can often lead to high blood pressure, which dilates the veins in the body, most visible in the face. If a person is an alcoholic for years, this can lead to damage to the vascular system on the face. For those who love the sun, beware! Too much sun exposure can lead to broken capillaries. Wear your sunscreen. The capillaries in the face are delicate. Heck, even rubbing/washing your face too hard can cause the capillaries to break in your face. Any trauma or injury to the face can potentially cause spider veins to appear.
Remember, be gentle with your skin to try and avoid the appearance of spider veins; however, you cannot escape genetics. The only way to rid your face of these unsightly lines is to get a vein treatment by a vein specialist.
One treatment that helps with spider veins is sclerotherapy. In this treatment, a chemical solution is injected by a fine needle into the veins. The solution causes the walls of the vein to become irritated, shrink and close off. The vein will gradually disappear as it is absorbed by the body over the course of several weeks to months. The treatment takes around 15 minutes. To learn more, click our sclerotherapy page.
Have Your Spider Veins Checked by a Tampa Vein Specialist
If you currently have spider veins and would like them removed, talk to a vein doctor! Get a screening today. Dr. Peter Mikhail is a vein specialist who treats spider veins, varicose veins, and other venous inefficiencies in the cities of Tampa, Clearwater, and New Port Richey, Florida. To book a consult, click our Tampa vein treatment page or call 727-312-4844.