Few vein conditions are more unnerving than red, blue or purple spider veins on the face. Having these thin, web-shaped veins in obvious locations like your nose, cheeks or chin can lead to loss of self-confidence and can make you appear much older than you really are. While such veins may not be painful, they might cause uncomfortable itching or burning.
Furthermore, many people are nervous about getting facial spider veins treated because they are concerned about procedures on the delicate skin of the face. The good news is safe and effective treatment options are available for spider veins on the face. One of such treatment options is thermocoagulation.
Thermocoagulation is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to treat spider veins on the face, legs and elsewhere and works best on fine spider veins that are 0.3mm or less in diameter. This technique has also been effective in treating small cherry angiomas, or the bright red spots that result when a cluster of capillaries emerges on your skin’s surface as you age.
During the procedure, a trained technician places a tiny probe onto the problem vein and delivers a microburst of energy that applies heat to the vein. This heat causes coagulation of the blood in the vein, which then collapses. Gradually, the vein is absorbed by the body. For most patients, the procedure typically takes 30 minutes to treat the whole face.
Many patients see immediate results after having this procedure, with continued improvement in the appearance of their spider veins up to two months following treatment. However, be aware that patients may experience micro-abrasions, redness or swelling at the treatment site immediately after treatment. Skin sensitivity at the treatment site may also occur for a few days after treatment.
Spider veins on the face may occur for a number of reasons, but some common reasons might include prolonged sun exposure for those with fair skin, facial injuries or simple genetics, as spider veins tend to run in the family. Women are more likely to get spider veins than men and pregnancy can increase the risk of such veins. Age is another factor, as these veins tend to emerge in middle age when the blood vessels start to weaken. Finally, heavy alcohol use may play a role.
Do you have varicose or spider veins? Trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive varicose vein treatment and spider vein treatment. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346.
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