Anyone of any age can develop spider veins – web-like blood vessels (capillaries) that appear just beneath the surface of the skin. However, some people may have a higher chance of getting them than others. Common causes of facial spider veins include genes, sun damage, weather changes, pregnancy, environmental pollution, alcohol use, and rosacea.
Broken capillaries are not harmful or painful, but they can be an unsightly and embarrassing cosmetic concern. If you feel your spider veins are detracting from your appearance, Dr. Matarasso offers a reliable remedy.
How to Get Rid of Spider Veins
Are prominent facial veins affecting your quality of life? The good news is that they are treatable. For example, photo facials with lasers or intense pulsed light (IPL) is an excellent way to stop spider veins and many other skin imperfections such as hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, scars, and enlarged pores.
IPL and lasers use rapid flashes of light to destroy broken blood vessels. They are a safe, non-invasive and brief way to get smoother skin permanently, with zero downtime. Photorejuvenation treatments are ideal for people who have a goal of refining skin texture and evening out skin discoloration caused by sun damage, aging, acne, rosacea, damaged blood vessels, enlarged pores, and fine lines. All skin tones and types can benefit from using IPL to correct these types of concerns.
Stop Spider Veins From Returning
If your broken capillaries come back, you can get additional laser or IPL treatments to stop spider veins from re-emerging. It is safe to have periodic maintenance treatments several times per year, as Dr. Matarasso recommends.
Additional ways to stop spider veins from re-emerging include the following.
Protect Your Skin From Sun Exposure
Sunscreen is the ultimate secret weapon against premature aging and damaged skin, but it’s especially valuable after laser and IPL therapy, both of which will make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s UV rays anyway. You will need to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every time you go outside. Since sun damage is one of the causes of broken capillaries, you can improve the overall quality of your skin and prevent the formation of new spider veins by using sunblock diligently.
Avoid Extreme Heat
Blood vessel dilation can result from overheating. Always wash your face in lukewarm water, instead of hot water. When you shower, try to keep your face out of the stream of heated water. If there is high heat in the forecast, stay indoors. Steer clear of spas or saunas.
Only Drink Alcohol in Moderation
Alcohol use can cause your blood vessels to enlarge. Heavy drinking can eventually lead to the development of spider veins on your face. Ask your doctor if you need alternative strategies to help you drink less often.
Elbow grease may be what the doctor ordered when you’re cleaning up kitchen messes, but it’s not good to go overboard when cleaning your face. Ease up on the pressure, and don’t use an overly gritty exfoliant to clear your pores of impurities.
Stop Spider Veins in San Francisco
Broken capillaries can put a dent in your self-esteem, but you can stop them from being a concern in your life with a visit to Dr. Matarasso. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Matarasso offers some of the most sought-after procedures for treating skin concerns such as spider veins, discoloration, and uneven skin texture. Schedule your consultation today to learn more about how to put spider veins behind you.