Facial and Foot Veins
Clusters of red and purple veins on the face and feet are embarrassing. Here’s a little information on why these form, and what can be done about removing them. Dr. Mario Kapusta and the team at Vein Center Houston are here to provide information and treatments for facial and feet veins.
What Are Facial Veins?
Spider veins are common on the face. You see them sometimes referred to as spider angiomas or telangiectasias, but they are all the same thing. They are clusters of veins that are just under the surface of the skin, as they are on the legs and feet. They usually don’t cause any pain.
You can also develop bulging veins on the forehead. Again, unless they are causing pain they are not a concern. Bulging veins are typically seen on the front of the forehead or on the side of your face near the temples.
Are Telangiectasias and Spider Veins The Same Thing?
Yes, telangiectasias and spider veins are the same kinds of veins. When spider veins appear on the face they are more commonly referred to as telangiectasias.
What Causes Facial Spider Veins?
Spider veins are caused by the same conditions that produce varicose veins: aging, heredity, pregnancy, occupations with prolonged standing, and sun damage. On the face, excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to spider veins.
The veins are the pathways to return deoxygenated blood back to the heart. As we age, the tissues that support the veins and help push blood through them weaken. This allows the blood to pool and for the veins to take a curvier route. The veins also contain valves that prevent backflow and as we get older these can allow leakage, also leading to varicose and spider veins. Plus, in the legs, the veins have an uphill battle the entire way.
What Causes Spider Veins on My Feet?
Since the feet are the farthest distance away from the heart, they are also prone to some backflow. As the blood pools, it causes the small veins to show themselves through the skin. Venous stasis is an accumulation of fluid in the lower extremities, but it is not usually the cause of your spider veins on the feet.
Facial and Feet Spider Vein Risk Factors
There are certain risk factors for developing spider veins, although pretty much everyone develops at least a few as they get older.
Here are the risk factors
- Heredity — If your mom had lots of spider veins, so will you.
- Obesity — Being overweight places more pressure on the veins, which leads to spider veins, and, more seriously, varicose veins.
- Gender — Females develop spider veins four times more than men.
- Birth control pills — Hormonal changes can cause spider veins to develop.
- Pregnancy — Hormonal changes, plus the added weight of pregnancy put pressure on the veins.
- Prolonged standing — If you have to stand for your job, you’re likely to develop spider veins.
- UV damage — This causes spider veins on the face.
Spider Vein Treatment for Face and Feet
At Vein Center Houston, we can help with those annoying spider veins on your face, legs, and feet. We use sclerotherapy on the legs and feet and laser therapy on the face.
- Sclerotherapy – We treat spider veins on the legs and feet with sclerotherapy. With a very fine needle, we inject a sclerosant solution into or next to the spider vein. The solution irritates the walls of the vein, causing them to collapse. This closes off the vein instantly and the vein immediately is dramatically lessened in appearance. Then over the next few weeks the body scavenges and disposes of the now-unused vein.
- Laser therapy – On the face, we generally use laser therapy for spider veins. The laser wavelength is set to match the color of the spider vein. A quick pulse of laser energy is then delivered onto the targeted vein. The vein absorbs the laser energy, which converts to heat. This heat causes the vein wall to collapse (just as it does with sclerotherapy) and the vein to close off.
How to Prevent Facial and Feet Spider Veins
These are some tips for keeping your veins healthy. Spider veins will develop, but these strategies can limit them.
- Keep your blood moving. Try not to sit or stand for long periods, and move your legs regularly.
- Elevate your legs about your heart as many times a day as possible for at least 15 minutes at a time.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly. This helps with blood flow and it strengthens the deep muscles that support and help your veins.
- Wear compression stockings. If you have to stand a lot at work, wear these.
- Avoid sun exposure. Protect your facial skin from the sun, as this is the most common cause of facial spider veins.
Schedule a Consultation
Are you struggling with bulbous and unsightly veins on your face and feet? It may be time to consider treatment. Call our office today at 713.349.8346 (VEIN) to schedule a consultation.