Are you noticing small, threadlike veins appearing on your face and/or hands? These are usually known as spider veins and are very common. These spider veins usually appear as red or blue veins and can be clustered or concentrated to a particular area. Spider veins can also give off a flushed appearance. The veins commonly appear around the nose, but can happen on the lower face or around the cheeks.
Causes and Prevention of Spider Veins
Most spider veins are directly linked to sun exposure and often appear on people who have fairer skin. Age can also be a factor in the appearance of spider veins. These veins can also be caused by skin conditions such as rosacea.
Treating Facial Spider Veins
Removal of spider veins is actually a specialized technique and should be done by an experienced physician, such as Dr. Thomas Wright. There are several different methods for facial spider veins removal.
VeinWave or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are some of the best treatments for spider veins. Laser spider vein treatment in St. Louis is an outpatient procedure and usually lasts about 10 to 20 minutes. The laser energy destroys the abnormal veins to reduce the appearance of the unsightly veins. The treatment uses a hand-held device and you may feel a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping on the area. There are very few possible side effects from VeinWave or IPL; however, some may experience a pigment change or scarring, especially those with darker skin.
Sclerotherapy treatments are often used on larger blue veins. A special solution, called a sclerosant, is injected into the veins. The veins then close up and are then naturally absorbed by the body. There are rare risks to sclerotherapy, including a possible skin breakdown that can cause scarring.
Getting Your Spider Veins Treated
If you are ready to get rid of those spider veins, your first step is to consult with an experienced vein specialist such as Dr. Wright. As a knowledgeable vein specialist in St. Louis, Dr. Wright can correctly diagnose your issues and identify if it is a cosmetic issue or a symptom of a more serious condition. Please give us a call at St. Louis Laser Vein Center to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Wright. We will discuss your individual case and all of the possible treatments.