What Can I Do About Spider Veins?

Spider veins, or thin red blood vessels that appear on the surface of your face, aren’t usually painful or dangerous. However, these broken capillaries are unsightly and pose a problem for many people who don’t like the way the veins make their skin look.

Fortunately, there are a few treatments available to solve this dilemma. As Dr. Brandon Fletcher at Nostalgia Family Medicine can tell you, which one you choose depends on your unique skin situation. We’ll take a look at these treatments below.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins occur when the valves inside the veins stop working correctly. Veins are designed to carry blood back to the heart, so they include one-way valves inside their walls to keep the blood from flowing backward. Once the blood passes through the valve, it closes. 

If this valve becomes weak or damaged, blood may not be able to flow in the right direction, so it can begin to pool inside the vein. This pool can cause a bulge in the vein that makes it start branching out and creating spider veins.

When spider veins occur on the face, they are usually a result of capillaries bursting, typically from increased pressure or sun damage.

Facial veins can form from both internal and external causes. Internal causes include:

External causes include:

How can you treat spider veins?

Most people want to get rid of their spider veins (especially those that exist on the face) for cosmetic reasons. Here are a few ways to eliminate them:

Laser Treatment

This treatment option is generally used for smaller veins that are closer to the surface of the skin. The laser sends strong bursts of light into the vein that make it slowly disappear. 

Prevention

You can also try to prevent facial spider veins by wearing sunscreen daily, staying at a healthy weight, keeping your skin hydrated by drinking water throughout the day, and limiting alcohol consumption. 

If you have spider veins you would like to eliminate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brandon Fletcher at Nostalgia Family Medicine in Longwood, Florida. Soon, your unsightly spider veins will be a thing of the past!

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