Spider Veins on the Face
What are Facial Spider Veins?
Facial Spider Veins, also known as Facial Telangiectasia, is a condition where tiny red blood vessels (broken capillaries or venules) on the surface of your skin become widened.
Telangiectasias are tiny visible blood vessels that are similar to Spider Veins on the leg but refer more specifically to the face, especially around the nose and cheeks.
Who Does Telangiectasias Affect
It's estimated that 20% of people have Telangiectasias at some time in their lives, and many of them will develop spider veins.
Women have double the risk, or are 40% more likely to develop them. Some research suggests that birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy may aggravate the condition.
These patterns, or Telangiectases, form gradually and often in clusters. They are also commonly known as “Spider Veins” because of their fine and weblike appearance.
Where Are Facial Spider Veins Found?
Spider Veins are common in areas that are easily seen such as:
However, they can also occur on many other areas of the body.
Impact of Facial Spider Veins
Facial Telangiectasia is a benign skin condition that can occur in otherwise healthy people.
Spider Veins can cause discomfort and some people find them unattractive. Many people choose to have them removed.
Causes of Facial Telangiectasia
The causes of Telangiectasia are unknown, but researchers think they may be genetic, environmental, or a combination of both. It’s believed the most common causes of Telangiectasia are chronic exposure to the sun and extreme heat or cold.
To prevent Telangiectasia, protect your skin from the sun and extreme temperatures.
Are Facial Spider Veins Dangerous?
Spider Veins are generally not life-threatening.
In rare cases, Telangiectasia cases may be a symptom of serious illness. In such cases, Spider Veins can be linked to a more serious condition called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT).
Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia is a rare genetic condition that causes Telangiectases which can be life-threatening. Instead of forming on the skin, Telangiectases caused by HHT appear in vital organs, such as the liver. They may burst, causing massive bleeding (haemorrhages).
Facial Telangiectasia Treatment
Treatment for Facial Telangiectasia is optional and may be done to improve skin appearance.