Treatment for Facial Spider Veins

Varicose veins can be unsightly and even painful. Most of the time these dilated and tortuous veins are found in the legs, but they can appear on the face as well in both men and women. Spider veins, also called telangiectasia, are smaller versions of varicose veins and have a tendency to resemble spider webs, hence their name. These veins are usually found on the forehead, nose, eyelids, cheeks, neck and upper chest. They tend to be more common in fair-skinned individuals over the age of forty. There are a number of different causes for these veins such as sun damage, hormones, and genetics. In the case of facial spider veins, rosacea can also be a cause.

Veins carry blood back to the heart. Inside the veins are leaflet valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards into the vein, which is called retrograde flow. These valves are faulty in superficial varicose veins, allowing retrograde flow. The blood then accumulates creating the characteristic bluish-purple color of spider veins.

There are several options available for spider vein treatment in Georgia. One such option, called sclerotherapy, involves injecting a solution of sodium tetradecyl sulfate or polidocanol into the spider veins causing the walls to thicken, effectively sealing the veins and cutting off blood flow. The result is scar tissue that slowly fades away, typically in just a few weeks. However, there is a limit to the size of the veins that can be treated with this procedure.

Another option for vein treatment is a phlebectomy. Phlebectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing small pieces of the spider veins through tiny incisions in the facial skin. This causes the remaining blood to clot, essentially disconnecting the defective veins from further blood flow. Local anesthesia is used to minimize discomfort, and the procedure only takes about 30 minutes to an hour. Recovery time is minimal, requiring approximately two to three weeks for complete healing. Vigorous activity should be limited for this two to three week period.

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