Facial spider veins, or telangiectasias, are actually dilated blood vessels that appear on the cheeks, nose or chin. Unlike spider veins on the legs, these superficial veins are caused by excessive sun exposure, normal aging, hormonal changes, heredity, trauma or Rosacea (see information below). Facial veins are rarely linked to health issues, but can be connected with liver disease, so when spider veins do appear on the face, they should be evaluated by a qualified physician.
Laser treatment is a clinically proven safe and effective way to eliminate facial spider veins. While laser treatment will permanently remove the treated veins, it will not prevent from new ones from occurring. Regular use of a SPF 30 or higher sunscreen can help prevent new facial veins from surfacing.
The preferred lasers used at CEC for the treatment of facial spider veins are the Vari-Lite™ Laser and the VBeam® Laser. Both lasers work by producing an intense beam of light that safely penetrates the skin and targets the selected area. The heat of the light destroys the targeted vessels and they are then absorbed by the body.
The Vari-Lite™ is used to treat small areas and single vessels and the VBeam® is used for larger areas and more resistant vessels.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness, facial spider veins, dry, sensitive skin and flare-ups that look like acne. Rosacea can be hereditary and is more common in people who have fair skin. Left untreated, Rosacea can get worse over time. While there is no cure for Rosacea, with the right treatment plan most people can get their symptoms under control and keep their condition from getting worse. Our experienced physicians and medical aesthetician can work with you to design the best treatment plan to control your Rosacea. Treatment options include the VBeam® laser, customized skin peels and medical grade skin care products.
Cherry Hemangiomas are very common vascular lesions that are simply an over growth of blood vessels at the surface of the skin that form a small, red, mole-like bump. They appear spontaneously, without apparent cause and are not malignant. They can cause pain and profuse bleeding if ruptured, which can easily happen due to their dome like shape. Although they are mostly seen in adulthood, Cherry Hemangiaomas can also appear on babies at birth. On children they tend to dissipate as the child ages. For adults, Cherry Hemangiomas can easily be treated are removed with the VBeam® laser.
A Venous Lake is another type of vascular lesion that tends to appear in older adults. They appear as dark bluish-purple papules on lips ears and face and are thought to be the result of sun exposure. Venous Lake are easily removed with the Vari-Lite laser