Facial Veins

What It Is

Facial veins, or spider veins, are broken capillaries located just below the surface of the skin. They are dilated blood vessels that have a red or purple colour to them and look like thin strands, branches, or clusters on the skin. Facial veins commonly form on the legs, chin, nose, and cheeks, but can develop anywhere on the body.

Facial veins form for a multitude of reasons such as aging, sun damage, and inflammatory skin conditions. They affect approximately 70% of women and 30% of men and women are more susceptible to developing facial veins due to hormonal shifts in childbirth, pregnancy, birth control, and menopause. While facial veins are not dangerous, they are often removed for cosmetic reasons and are very easily treatable.

How It’s Treated

Laser Treatments

  • Pulse Dye Laser – The Pulse Dye Laser uses a concentrated light beam of 595nm to target the blood vessels under the surface of the skin. It does not damage healthy tissue or cells because the laser light is absorbed by the oxyhemoglobin in the blood vessels rather than by the surrounding tissue.

  • KTP Laser –  The KTP Laser is effective for reducing the appearance of facial veins close to the surface of the skin. By emitting an intense ray of light, the pigmented target veins will be eliminated without causing damage to surrounding cells and tissue.