Telangiectasia (Spider Veins)

What is telangiectasia?
Telangiectasias are small dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin that can develop anywhere on the body, but are commonly seen on the face around the nose, cheeks, and chin. They can also develop on the legs, specifically on the upper thigh and are often called spider veins, which are much smaller than the large, swollen varicose veins of the legs that may be red or bluish color and are sometimes painful.

What causes telangiectasias to form? Any condition that stresses the circulatory system can lead to these slightly enlarged surface blood vessels.  Other causes include:

When many of these tiny but enlarged blood vessels appear on the face, they can be a hallmark of the skin disease called rosacea.

How do we effectively treat telangiectasias?
Since these vessels are not necessary for the normal functioning of the circulatory system, and are only cosmetic nuisance, they may be effectively removed.  Treatment methods include:

CoolGlide® laser & Vbeam laser: Both types of laser treatments deliver specific pulses of light energy which cause the blood within the unwanted vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the superficial vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body causing the dark vessels to fade over time.

What can I expect?  
Both procedures are safe and effective ways to remove unwanted telangiectasias or spider veins anywhere on the face or body. Sun precautions are necessary after any blood vessel removal treatment.

Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.