How Can I Get Rid of the Spider Veins on My Face?
What makes spider veins appear on your face, and how are they treated? Dermatologist Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD, explains what telangiectasias are and why they occur in this Short Answer.
A: When the teeny-tiny blood vessels on the surface of the skin break, they’re called telangiectasias.
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The most common cause of telangiectasias is photoaging (aging related to sun exposure). Telangiectasias are also common among people with rosacea, liver disease, or connective tissue diseases like scleroderma, dermatomyositis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Chronic corticosteroid use and pregnancy can also promote their development.
We treat telangiectasias with a vascular laser that specifically targets these vessels, heats them up and causes them to collapse. But this doesn’t mean we’ve gotten rid of them. We’ve merely closed the blood vessels down, and they can reopen.
So we’re not talking about a one-time treatment. Telangiectasias would require laser therapy for three to four sessions every three to four months. After that, you would need a touch-up treatment every six months to one year as needed.
—Dermatologist Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD