Thread veins and broken blood vessels are common as we age. Our veins become more fragile, they can break easily and the dilated veins appear just below the surface of the skin. This occurs when collagen in the skin weakens, resulting in the vein staying open, increasing blood flow to the are which causes the visible fine red or purplish veins. Facial spider veins are common and are caused by genetics, too much alcohol, acne, rosacea and sun over-exposure. They can be successfully treated with Laser or Thermolysis.
In addition blood vessels can do the same and broken blood vessels can be seen all over the face and body resulting in small red dots which for some can resemble tiny little blood blisters.
Most clients seeking treatment for thread veins and broken blood vessels are looking to eliminate the visible appearance and redness for a clearer complexion.
There are many causes of broken blood vessels & thread veins on the face.
- Heredity and genetics. For unknown reasons, spider veins tend to run in families. Individual risk factors also increase with age.
- Pregnancy. An increase in estrogen hormones during pregnancy can lead to broken blood vessels. Pregnancy-related spider veins heal on their own after delivery. Skin changes are common in pregnancy.
- Rosacea. This common skin condition leads to excessive redness and flushing. With erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, broken blood vessels are common.
- Sun exposure. Excessive sun exposure can enlarge your blood vessels. If you get a sunburn, the top layer of skin may peel and temporarily make some of the blood vessels in your face more noticeable.
- Weather changes. Hot weather increases blood vessel dilation.
- Environmental or chemical irritants.
- Alcohol consumption. Moderate or occasional alcohol consumption can cause your skin to flush due to the enlargement of blood vessels. Binge drinking and heavy alcohol use can eventually lead to spider veins.
- Injuries. Minor to significant injuries can lead to bruising. With bruises on your face, broken blood vessels may also be noticeable.
- Vomiting or sneezing. Sudden, extreme pressure in your face from a violent sneeze or a vomiting spell can break the blood vessels in the skin.
At Persona Cosmetic Medicine, we believe in taking a personal yet professional approach to help you achieve the results you’re looking for. During your free consultation you will have the opportunity to ask any questions or go through any details you are not sure about and we will advise on the best treatment option depending on if the veins/vessels in question are on the face or body.