Spider veins or Telangiectasias (leg veins and facial veins) affect millions of people all over the world. These small dilated blood vessels are often red or purple in colour and can present themselves as strands or clusters. They can develop just about anywhere on the body but are most common around the nose, cheeks, chin and legs.
Facial spider veins, medically termed Telangiectasia, can appear most commonly on the cheeks, chin, and nose. The facial vessels are integrated with the central nervous system and dilate with extreme heating and cooling, stress, and intense exercise. Over time and with age, these vessels become weak with continued pressure from the excessive dilation and begin to rupture causing the vascular lesions. Other factors that can cause weakening of the vascular lining are over exposure to the sun/excessive sun damage, alcohol, smoking, obesity, and hormonal changes most commonly in pre and peri-menopausal women.
Telangiectasia is effectively treated using the Fotona SP Dynamis laser system. The ND YAG 1064 laser penetrates deeper into the skin where these vascular lesions begin, enabling the entire vessel to absorb the laser light and uniformly heat up and recede. More commercial lasers with shorter absorption depths such as IPL’s generally create a shield of coagulated blood on the upper edge of the vessel which leaves the vessel virtually unaffected and able to re-open.