Spider veins, that blotchy red or blue roadmap or web of veins, typically appear on your legs, usually on your thigh, behind your knee or around your ankles. Most of the time, spider veins develop gradually and they are considered a cosmetic problem, not a health issue. When they appear on your face though, facial spider veins can be the most distressing form of vein abnormality. They might look like a small red or blue blotch just under the surface of your skin, and it’s difficult to hide them.
Why do spider veins appear on the face?
When facial spider veins appear they might indicate an underlying disease, but they also could be the result of too much sun or hormone changes brought on birth control, pregnancy or simply the process of aging. Your doctor may refer to them by their medical name: Telangiectasias.
Curing facial spider veins
Because spider veins are so close to the surface of the skin, they can worsen when you use abrasive soaps or sponges. Wearing sunscreen when you go outside might help prevent or slow the progress of spider veins. And a treatment called sclerotherapy can remove spider veins anywhere they appear.
Are spider veins a medical concern?
While spider veins rarely cause pain, when spider veins on your legs ache or itch, it may indicate a problem with the larger veins. They can also indicate problems with veins deeper in your legs.
If you think you have developed spider veins, contact the Vein Institute of Connect to set up a free consultation visit with one of our vein doctors to discuss diagnosis and treatment options.