We get asked this question frequently at Evolve Medical. They can be the cause of embarrassment for many people as they appear as blushing. They can prove difficult to cover with makeup and can make an otherwise clear complexion look ruddy and uneven. Facial thread veins are a very common problem which can be caused or aggravated by a number of things.
You may notice that one or both of your parents have suffered with broken capillaries in the same area.
- If you have had significant sun damage over the years, this can damage the tiny capillaries on the skins surface.
- If you consume alcohol regularly it causes blood vessels to widen and increases blood flow to the skin which then results in facial thread veins.
- If you work outdoors or in extremes of temperature this can compromise your natural defence and cause capillaries to rupture.
Rosacea is a condition which causes angry flushing of the skin usually on the cheeks and nose. This usually leads to broken capillaries.
Luckily there are some really effective treatments for all of the above. We tackle the problem with a combination of laser treatment to treat the current thread veins and medical grade products and high factor sunblock to prevent further damage.
Laser treatment works wonders on facial thread veins. We have a class 4 medical grade laser which heats the blood vessels, causing them to collapse and cut off the blood supply. Sometimes the veins disappear instantly, sometimes it takes a few days for them to disperse.
We can treat any area but the most common areas tend to be the cheeks, corner of the nose and chin. A slight heating sensation is experienced but subsides as soon as treatment is finished. If a large area is treated it can feel a little like sunburn for a few hours. We apply lots of Aloe Vera gel which cools the skin down nicely. Aftercare is fairly straight forward