Bare faces. Whether it’s spring/summer or just a day you don’t want to put on makeup, wouldn’t it be lovely to go out bare-faced to the world and love the skin you’re in? Unfortunately, in this day and age of Photoshop and Instagram filters, the pressure to have perfect, smooth, flawless skin has never been higher. And facial veins can be a big obstacle in finding the confidence to bare it all. Thankfully, Dr. Gardner and his staff at The Vein Institute have you ‘covered.’ (See what I did there?)

Don’t cover up! Get treatment for facial veins!

So what about unsightly veins on our faces? Even though they’re typically painless, they can honestly be distracting or embarrassing. But the last thing we want to do is cover up our skin with thick concealers and foundations that might not even cover them all the way. Especially not in the spring and summer when a more fresh-faced look is in style.

Why do unsightly facial veins happen?

Unsightly facial veins can be caused by trauma to your skin. Which of us hasn’t picked at a blemish, even though our mom told us not to do it? Even using water that is too hot in the shower can cause trauma to the delicate veins at the surface of our skin. And sometimes simply age causes the elastic fibers in the wall of our blood vessels to weaken. Being gentle with your tender facial skin can help reduce your risk of developing unsightly facial veins. But even when we are careful, they can still develop.

What’s in a name?

Veins on our faces that are unsightly can range from thin and hair-like red veins to large and blue. You might call them

  • spider veins
  • thread veins
  • a broken blood vessel
  • or simply broken capillaries

All are perfectly acceptable, and (even more important), all are treatable!

How to identify types…

The best way to identify what type of unsightly vein you have on your face is to come in for a consultation. But here are the main types:

  • Facial Thread Veins: These are commonly called spider veins because they are web-like in their appearance [1]. They are caused by broken or enlarged blood vessels right under the surface of your skin. It’s interesting to note that they can appear anywhere on the body, but you may find them first on your face or legs.
  • Forehead and Temple Veins: Bulging veins on our forehead or temples don’t just happen when we’re angry! But they may be a sign of pressure or stress. They can also appear because of pregnancy, thinning skin (which often happens with age), high blood pressure, eye strain, being on the thinner side, or being in the sun for too long [2].
  • Mouth and Lip Veins: These can also be called Venous Lakes. These are small blueish colored spots often found on the edge of your lips. At first glance, venous lakes may even look like a form of melanoma, so these are important to have examined. They can bleed if they are injured [3].

Simple Treatment

Simple laser treatment is available. Both safe and effective, treatment for your facial veins can have you ready to go fresh-faced any time of the year! For example, venous lakes have a 94% success rate and no reported complications or reoccurrences. In some cases, even just one laser treatment can do the trick [4].

Lasers and other light-based technologies enable effective treatment of unsightly veins by causing the vessels to collapse through coagulation with very minimal damage to adjacent structures. This leaves your skin with a smooth and fresh appearance, ready to shine in the warmer weather!

Before & After Images of Facial Vein Treatment

Dr. Gardner has had incredible results in treating various types of facial veins. To see more of these success stories, visit our Venous Lake and Facial Spider Veins portfolio pages

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[4] from Bekhor, Philip (11 Sep 2006). “Long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser treatment of venous lakes: report of a series of 34 cases”. Dermatologic Surgery. 32 (9): 1151–4.Sources: