What Causes Facial Spider Veins?

Aging is no fun. The metabolism slows down, arthritis starts to set in, and skin begins to sag and thin. Some people experience varicose veins on their legs, and others start to notice spider veins on their face. When you start to notice changes in your appearance (and not good changes!) your confidence may suffer. Facial spider veins don’t have to be one of these changes.

There are facial spider vein treatments in St. Louis, MO that can help you regain your youthful appearance. But while these treatments can erase these spider veins, knowing what causes them can go a long way to helping with prevention.

What Causes Spider Veins in the Face

Facial spider veins are broken blood vessels in the skin of the face, and they can have a number of causes including:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Sun damage
  • Reactions to skin irritants
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Venous insufficiency

There are other things that can predispose you to facial spider veins. Rosacea is a condition that causes dilation of the blood vessels in the cheeks. Over time this can weaken the capillaries, causing them to break and leading to spider veins. Eczema is another skin condition that can also lead to spider veins on the face.

Lifestyle also plays an important role in the development of spider veins. For example, people who do not exercise are more likely to suffer from facial spider veins. Exercise improves overall blood flow and keeps blood vessels in good condition, preventing venous insufficiency.

A poor diet full of additives and sugars can also lead to facial spider veins because it decreases blood flow. High blood pressure and high blood sugar as a result of poor dietary choices can lead to unhealthy and weak blood vessels that can easily break, leaving you with unsightly spider veins.

Facial Spider Vein Treatment

There are various treatments available for spider veins depending on the blood vessels being treated. For more prominent facial veins, sclerotherapy is usually the treatment of choice. This involves injecting a salt or saline solution into the veins, which cause them to collapse. The treatment isn’t immediate; it takes time for the veins to disappear.

For smaller, less prominent veins, sclerotherapy can be difficult because the veins are so tiny, making them difficult to inject. Instead, a laser is used to essentially burn the tiny veins, sealing and collapsing them.

Do you have facial spider veins? You don’t have to suffer with them any longer! Contact us today at the Sheen Vein Institute to schedule your consultation. Let our experienced physicians help you get your confidence back.

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