Facial veins are small red thread-like veins on the face, which are also known as ‘spider veins’ or ‘broken veins.’ Usually they cause no discomfort but sometimes they are accompanied by a slight swelling and burning feeling.
Treatments are often undertaken for cosmetic reasons and are fast, safe and effective requiring no downtime from work and minimal discomfort.
Broken or spider veins on the face (telangiectasia) can develop at any age but tend to increase as we age. We know that genes play a part so if one of your parents or family members has them, you will be more likely to develop them.
They commonly affect people with fair skin and typically occur in women between the ages of 30 and 60, though facial veins in men are not uncommon. In some cases they affect women during menopause. Men will often also suffer from rhinophyma, which is the thickening of the skin on the nose making it appear swollen and bulbous.
Sun exposure is the other key spider vein cause in NZ. The sun damages the lining of the veins over time causing them to dilate and become more visible on the skin. Broken veins on the chest and face can also be more visible during extremes of weather and can be more troublesome in the heat or cold.
Other causes of broken veins on the face and chest include:
Pollutants in the environment which can damage the skin and irritate veins making them more visible on the skin.
Hormonal changes in pregnancy which can cause increased pigmentation (chloasma) as well as broken veins on the chest and face.
Frequent consumption of alcohol, which dilates blood vessels on the face temporarily. Longer term this results in spider veins on nose, face and chest.
Spider veins on the nose and cheeks in particular are often associated with rosacea – a condition that causes facial redness and a flushed appearance in these areas. It can be triggered by heat or cold, spicy foods and alcohol.
Facial veins removal is fast and effective requiring no surgery and no downtime from work. At Palm Clinic in Auckland, NZ our vein care experts have been offering spider veins treatments for 25 years using modern non-invasive techniques and the most advanced treatment technology. Today’s leading treatment options for facial veins are Elos Medical IPL and Coolglide Excel Laser.
Elos Medical IPL is a laser treatment that is very effective at spider veins removal on the face and chest. The laser heats the blood vessels until they close up, after which they dissolve away. Three to six treatments are usually required. Read more →
When having either of these treatments it’s important that they’re performed by a trained professional as there is a risk of burning or scarring when used in the wrong hands. Palm Clinic in Auckland, NZ takes safety very seriously and our clinicians are highly trained to deliver effective outcomes without compromising on safety. This is why we were rated 95% for patient experience by an independent Southern Cross review.
Prevention of broken veins on the face and chest is all about protecting the skin. We recommend:
View our gallery for more facial vein pictures showing before and after treatment at Palm Clinic in Auckland, NZ.
Spider veins on the face before and after Elos Medical IPL treatment.
Causes of rosacea are not well known. Rosacea is often considered a hereditary condition. It is also said that rosacea is likely to occur in people who blush a lot. Occurrence of rosacea can be associated with environmental, chemical, food or emotional triggers. Common triggers include exposure to extreme heat and cold weather, hot beverages and spicy foods, and alcohol consumption. As a large number of hair follicle mites (Demodex folliculorum) are found in rosacea papules, they are also a possible cause of rosacea. The stomach bacterium helicobacter pylori is also reported to be associated with rosacea, though most dermatologists disagree with this theory. Rosacea may worsen with the use of facial creams, oils and topical steroids.
There are 4 sub-types of rosacea.
There are four acknowledged stages of rosacea.
It can lead to frustration due to the unattractive appearance and the discomfort experienced. It can mar the personal, social and professional life of the individual. In extreme cases the psychological effects of such a condition can be very serious and can cause the patients to become reclusive. Rosacea is primarily a facial occurrence and develops gradually. In its initial stages, patients often mistake the facial flushing, papules and pustules for adult acne, sun burn or normal signs of ageing.
There is no cure for rosacea. But there are various rosacea treatments to control rosacea effectively. Your Palm Clinic doctor will determine a treatment plan for you depending on the extent of damage to the skin. IPL and laser treatments are most useful for the facial redness and flushing.
The first line of treatment for the pustules associated with rosacea is often topical or oral antibiotics generally prescribed by the family doctor. Metronidazole (Rosex) is generally given as a topical antibiotic. Oral medications include tetracycline antibiotics like tetracycline, doxycycline and minocycline. The antibiotic rosacea gel or rosacea cream should be applied on the entire face instead of on the lesion spots alone.
The eyelids should be cleaned everyday with a diluted baby shampoo or a rosacea cleanser for the eyelids. Warm compresses should be applied on the eyelids a few times a day.
For treatment of rosacea in the advanced stages like rhinophyma, laser or radiofrequency surgery is the ideal method to remove the excess tissue on the nose.
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