Spider Veins & Redness

Telangiectasia is the medical term for dilated capillaries, also known as spider veins, that can appear on your cheeks, around your nose or under your eyes and on your chin.
Many people will have just a few small broken capillaries, whilst others may have a constant redness from repeated episodes of red flushing - which is often associated with rosacea.
Spider Veins sit just below your skin's surface, often containing a central red spot and reddish extensions which radiate outwards like a spider's web. (For treatment of thread veins on the legs see Sclerotherapy treatments.)

What causes spider veins?

Your capillaries have very thin walls (just one cell thick) which dilate and constrict constantly throughout your life to regulate the body’s temperature. As you age, these capillary cells lose their elasticity and the ability to constrict, often becoming permanently dilated. In addition the breakdown of your skin's collagen and elastin result in the thinning of your skin which makes your dilated capillaries more noticeable. 
The process can be accelerated through hereditary and genetic causes, pregnancy, the rubbing of spectacles, smoking, heavy drinking, energetic sports, harsh weather exposure, hormones and rosacea. Women often, politely, refer to such skin complexions as ‘English rose’.
Most people feel embarrassed as they can resemble the appearance of ‘blushing’ and the stigma of alcoholism is often associated with them. As a result many women attempt to cover them with increasing amounts of makeup which in turn produces other skin problems.

How do you treat spider veins?

Spider veins and facial redness are easily treated using either electrolysis or IPL skin rejuvenation, or a combination of both. Electrolysis can be more efficient at treating fewer, deeper veins - while IPL is more efficient for treating large areas, with veins closer to your skin's surface.


Spider veins on the cheek

Electrolysis treatment of spider veins

Electrolysis applies an extremely small current beneath the skin at the spider vein area. The current is supplied by means of a fine probe and is used to cauterises each dilated capillary.
After cauterisation, the blood and offending capillaries are reabsorbed by the body’s self-repair mechanism. A lotion is applied to both cool the skin and accelerate your skin's natural healing. Micro-crusting may appear on treated areas, but these are only visible under close inspection. Eventually they fall off to leave a patch of fresh pink skin which then returns to your normal colour.
Learn more about electrolysis treatments.

IPL treatment of facial redness

IPL provides targeted light energy, at 585 nm wavelength, to the affected skin where it destroys the blood capillaries responsible for the redness. Following treatment the capillaries quickly clear as they are absorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the spider veins and associated redness.

Learn more about IPL treatments.

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