Facial veins, also referred to as spider veins, are broken capillaries just beneath the skin's surface. Aging, sun damage, extreme heat or cold, steroid use and inflammatory skin conditions are just a few of the factors that contribute to the appearance of these veins. Women are the most susceptible due to hormonal shifts in pregnancy, childbirth, birth control, menopause and estrogen-replacement therapy. Facial veins are considered cosmetic in nature, but are easily treatable by a dermatologist.
Visit a dermatologist for laser therapy. For over 20 years, medical professionals have used laser therapy to remove facial veins. The wavelengths of light destroy the blood vessels without affecting the surrounding skin. The procedure lasts approximately 15 minutes and the results are virtually instant. Appearance is improved by 80 to 90 percent.
Opt for intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). This approach uses broadband light in lieu of focused light. There is somewhat less redness and irritation involved, but the procedure is quite similar.
Investigate electrosurgery. This practice uses a hand-held needle to administer electric current to the affected area, thereby destroying the blood vessel. In comparison to laser and IPL therapy, this method is a bit more painful and will leave small scabs.