Spider Veins on Face

Spider veins on face

Spider veins (also known as thread veins) are damaged veins often found on the face. They resemble tiny spider webs and can be red, purple or blue. In the majority of cases, spider veins are not painful or harmful, but can affect your confidence and-self esteem

Whilst most patients seek treatment for cosmetic reasons, which is completely understandable, we see this as the first visible stage of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), given the underlying health issues often associated with vein disease

Keep reading to learn more about this condition and how to treat it

What causes spider veins on the face

Much like the larger varicose or ‘trunk’ veins, spider veins are caused by blood vessels in the skin becoming permanently dilated. This dilatation occurs when the muscular walls of vessels relax and widen. In the medical field, this process is referred to as ‘vasodilation’

A number of biological, lifestyle and environmental factors contribute to the development and spread of spider veins on the face and nose. People over the age of 40 and women are more vulnerable, but men and people as young as 20 can also develop spider veins

Vein disease is also more common among people leading a sedentary lifestyle or living in areas with prolonged periods of cold weather (the heat we expose our bodies to during winter can cause vasodilation)

In terms of lifestyle, frequent alcohol consumption may lead to a higher risk of spider veins, as alcohol temporarily dilates blood vessels. Excessive sun exposure is also known to enlarge blood vessels and draw them closer to the skin, and this cannot be countered by wearing sunscreen

Lastly, pregnancy-related hormonal changes may also cause broken vessels, but these usually disappear after birth

Preventing spider veins from appearing on the face

Spider veins cannot be prevented altogether, as their development obeys a number of biological factors, including genetics. However, it is possible to slow their spread by maintaining a healthy diet and an active lifestyle

Do spider veins go away by themselves?

Yes, but only through a proper medical procedure

The best way to remove facial thread veins is through a minimally-invasive procedure, namely Veinwave treatment. This technique is also known as thermal coagulation, in which a fine needle is inserted at the affected area to release microwave energy. This causes the vein to scar and collapse, before being harmlessly absorbed into the blood

Natural home remedies for spider veins

When searching online for ways to reduce or cure spider veins, you will likely come across claims of certain natural remedies being used as effective forms of treatment. These include apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, aloe vera extract, horse chestnut, and essential oils, among others. As of today, there is no conclusive scientific evidence backing their effectiveness of removing spider veins

If you would like to receive guidance on treatment options, prevention and spider vein symptoms, discuss your situation with your GP or a vascular specialist at the UK Vein Clinic

Get expert help with vein health

Are facial spider veins something you’ve been living with for some time, but you haven’t yet found the opportunity to treat them? We are here to help. Get in touch with us and get the expert assessment you need

Thread vein treatments are available in our London Harley Street and Manchester Pall Mall clinics, both easily accessible from nearby cities and towns

Frequently Asked Questions

Do spider veins on the face go away on their own?

Unfortunately, no. Without proper medical assessment and treatment, the damaged veins on the face will not disappear. And, just like varicose veins, leaving spider veins untreated will lead to them spreading and worsening

Are spider vein creams an effective way to reduce or fix my symptoms?

According to current medical evidence, no. Some creams or ointments may temporarily relieve the itchiness or pain that your spider veins may be causing. However, this does not mean that your condition is effectively being treated or will improve

Is it okay to get treatment during pregnancy?

You can have your first consultation with us at any stage during pregnancy, but we recommend waiting until after the birth to undertake treatment

Where to find us

We're pleased to be able to provide our world-class spider vein treatment in a variety of places throughout the United Kingdom. Learn more about your treatment options, including Microsclerotherapy and Veinwave treatment, at the clinic closest to you


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