Facial Veins: Why They Occur and How to Eliminate Them

Written By Center for Vein Restoration
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When we talk about spider or varicose veins, we are usually referring to those visible veins that appear on the lower leg and behind the knee. However, spider veins can occur on other areas of the body, including the face. Known as telangiectasia, these visible red vessels can become a significant cosmetic concern. There are many potential reasons why facial veins occur, but the good news is there are also effective options for treating them today.

Causes of Facial Veins

Spider and varicose veins of the legs are usually the result of an underlying medical condition known as venous insufficiency. Tiny valves inside the vein that are responsible for moving blood in a uniform direction begin to wear out over time. This leads to blood pooling in the vessels, vein swelling and the appearance of those twisting veins on the surface of the skin.

Facial veins, on the other hand, generally appear as a result of very different factors. Some of the common causes of facial veins include:

  • Sun damage
  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Steroid use
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Skin conditions like rosacea
  • Trauma to the skin

Facial veins can vary dramatically in terms of number and size. For some patients, the aesthetic concern can become quite significant as large networks of these veins can impact your appearance and self-confidence. The good news is treatment options are now available to eliminate those unsightly veins without discomfort or downtime.

Treatment Options

No matter what the cause of your facial veins might be, there are effective ways of treating those veins today. At Center for Vein Restoration, we offer a minimally-invasive vein treatment, known as Veinwave, for superficial veins on the face and legs. Radiofrequency energy is delivered directly into the vein, causing the vein to collapse. The vein shrivels and is eventually absorbed by the body’s natural processes. 

Veinwave takes just a few minutes to complete and there is no downtime afterward. The RF device uses targeted thermal energy to treat the vein, without causing discomfort to the patient during treatment. RF treatment also allows the patient to go out into sunlight immediately after the procedure, while patients receiving laser treatment are usually advised to avoid the sun for a number of days. Because veins are completely eliminated, the procedure is considered a permanent treatment for facial veins. 

Facial veins can be a source of embarrassment, but there are treatment options to eliminate those veins today. To learn more about eliminating facial veins, or spider and varicose veins in other areas, contact Center for Vein Restoration.


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