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Broken or dilated veins and capillaries can occur on the face and body for a number of reasons, including genetics, medication, certain lifestyle factors, and stress or impact to the skin in the affected area. Over time these may worsen and expand in visible length if left untreated. Often referred to as spider or thread veins, they typically begin as quite thin or faint lines across the skin.
Whether you see facial veins or leg veins visible, in both cases something has caused the vein to “stretch” and the internal valve to malfunction, which has then impaired circulation and allowed blood to pool in the dilated vein, causing it to become visible at the surface.
Facial veins and leg veins are quite common for a number of reasons, but they can often look quite different. Facial veins, often seen as broken or dilated capillaries or “thread veins” are very common alongside conditions like Rosacea. You may even experience Cherry Angiomas, which are small red dots. Leg veins are often referred to are Spider Veins and Varicose Veins.
Facial veins can be caused by a number of things, including sun exposure, excess dilation from chronic inflammation (such as with rosacea), aggressive scrubs, aging, genetics, hormones, or even the use of birth control pills and other medication.
Leg veins most often have a genetic component, or are caused by chronic stress or high impact trauma to the area. If you have these on your thighs, it is likely that someone in your family experiences something similar, or perhaps you frequently garden, run, or had a softball hit you in the thigh which caused high impact trauma/stress.
Varicose or reticular veins are often genetically predisposed, meaning it is likely that someone else in your family has the same condition. Depending on the size, in some cases it can be treated with laser.
Varicose or reticular veins are best treated with an injection-based method called Sclerotherapy, and not suitable for laser therapy.In some severe cases, surgical intervention may be required.
Vascular Laser Therapy is an innovative, minimally invasive procedure used to effectively treat dilated or damaged veins and capillaries. Vascular Laser used a 1064nm Nd:YAG laser to specifically target hemoglobin and cauterize the damaged veins. The heat produced in the skin will stimulate the body’s healing response, which will encourage the body to naturally reabsorb the pooled blood and redirect blood flow to healthier pathways.