Telangiectasias (Facial Spider Veins)

Telangiectasias are tiny spider veins that can develop anywhere on the body; however, they are typically observed on the face, especially around the nose, cheeks and chin. Telangiectasias is the result of arterioles, venules or capillaries that enlarge and aggregate near the skin’s surface.

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Common Risk Factors

Although anyone can develop facial spider veins, there are some common characteristics of people more prone than others to these types of facial veins

  • Pregnancy
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • High estrogen levels in men
  • Overexposure to sunlight
  • Use of oral contraceptives
  • Hormone therapy
  • Natural aging process

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Facial spider vein symptoms are not life-threatening, but can affect appearance and self-esteem. If left untreated, facial spider veins will likely get worse over time.

  • Red areas on the face or other parts of the body

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Treatment options

Lasers use a variety of wavelengths allowing many uses including the treatment of facial spider veins.

Aesthetic Laser Treatment
Laser light treatment can eliminate facial veins and pigmented lesions, or age spots. It is known as the gentle laser because it is virtually pain free and rarely bruises the skin. It works by using laser light pulses that heat the affected blood vessels, causing the blood to coagulate and the blood vessel walls to collapse. During the healing process, the tissue from the destroyed blood vessels dissolves in the body. The gentle light pulses collapse the blood vessel walls without rupturing or hemorrhaging, leaving virtually no bruising. With pigment changes, laser light therapy dissolves the discolored area, leaving skin smooth and beautiful.

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Is Telangiectasia covered by insurance?

Telangiectasia is considered a cosmetic procedure is and is usually not covered by insurance. However, it may qualify as an approved expense for flexible spending accounts. Please check with your insurance provider for more details.

Can I prevent telangiectasia?

Although there is no proven prevention for telangiectasia, avoiding excessive exposure to the sun may reduce the outward appearance of these veins.

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