One of the most common problems we treat patients for at PHI Clinic is facial veins. Face veins, or telangiectasia varicose veins, are small clusters of veins that run close to the surface of the skin that have become enlarged.
They are caused when the tiny valves in the circulation system stop working effectively, causing a backlog of blood flow. This backlog leads to the veins swelling and expanding, increasing their visibility over time. Also referred to as thread veins or spider veins, this change in structure is not considered dangerous, but can cause people to be self-conscious or lose confidence as they can be unsightly.
At PHI Clinic, these thread veins can be treated using powerful lasers, making insecurities about facial veins a thing of the past for you.Book consultation
Before and after Face Veins treatment
Factors To Consider
Women are more likely to be affected by face veins due to higher oestrogen levels, which are often escalated when on the Pill, undergoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or simply handling the changes of hormone production through lifestyle changes. This is because these hormones can cause the walls of the veins to relax, reducing the strength of both the veins and their valves, allowing the build-up of blood to quickly increase.
Pregnancy can also make women more susceptible to thread veins, as the increased blood pressure, combined with the change in hormones, often leads to a greater pressure being placed on the veins. For the same reason, obesity can also lead to an increased likelihood of spider veins developing.
Jobs that require standing or sitting for long periods of time are also linked to a higher risk of developing thread veins. This is due to the decreased levels of blood flow caused by remaining in one position for long periods of time.
Environmentally, excessive alcohol consumption can also contribute towards the appearance of spider veins on the face, as this can put an increased amount of pressure on the circulation system. Age is also a major contributor to face veins, as the body naturally loses elasticity over time, and the valves located in the veins are less likely to work to their full capacity.
Treatments available for Face Veins
Pulsed Dye Laser
Targeting skin conditions that were traditionally believed to only affect those of fairer skin tones, but have since been proven to affect patients of colour.
Face veins and redness as conditions are not a health risk, but can cause emotional or psychological distress to the individual and can prove to be difficult to mask by makeup and creams. Pulsed Dye Laser can be very effective in treating redness and other issues like face veins.
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The Excel V+ laser uses a high power green laser in order to target blood vessels and pigment with abnormalities. This allows the skin to return to a more natural colour and tone.
The wide range of conditions that this treatment can address includes facial redness, Rosacea, port wine stains, leg veins, keloid scars, sun damage pigmentation, and venous lakes (purple lesions on the lips).
Spider veins, age spots, and scars can all cause confidence problems or self...Read on Book consultation
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and is an FDA approved treatment similar to laser technology. A bright light is aimed at the skin using various filters so that it only targets specific areas of the skin.
Unlike most laser treatments, which typically only match one type of light, Intense Pulsed Light treatments use a broad spectrum that is used with filters in order to be able to use it to combat several different conditions in one treatment, even contributing to reducing pore size...Read on Book consultation
Frequently Asked Questions
Usually, patients would expect a course of treatment however, this would be determined after comprehensive consultation and skin analysis.
In some cases, patients are not suitable, especially if the patient is pregnant or breastfeeding. In these cases, no laser treatment will be permitted at PHI clinic.
We have also actually received a large number of enquiries from patients of Asian descent. While rosacea was always considered a symptom for Caucasian skin, it is actually found to be prominent in many other skin types, too.
There is also another big “no-no” when it comes to treatment with a laser – this is a suntan. Any laser treatment when performed on suntanned skin can have adverse reactions, in some cases causing hyper- or hypo-pigmentation.
If the patient wishes to receive face vein treatment and has a suntan we will ask the patient to return approximately four weeks later with a suntan has subsided and we can commence the first phase of vein treatment.
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