Thread Veins on the Nose and Cheeks Facial Spider Veins


Last week in my previous video, I talked about
leg spider veins, well, this week, I am going to tell you some important facts about thread
veins on the nose, cheeks and face.The medical term for spider veins on the nose
and cheeks is facial telangiectasia. These are small blood vessels in the skin typically
measuring less than 1 mm. They are very common and they are unsightly and disfiguring. They
can be congenital, that is you may have been born with them or they may have developed
over the course of many years. Sun exposure is the main aggravating factor for their appearance,
but other important causes are liver disease, rosacea, smoking, use of steroid creams and
alcohol. Many people who have an out-door occupation such as farmers, window cleaners,
gardeners or builders can get them because of sun exposure and ultraviolet damage to
the skin. However, those with out-door hobbies and those who take part in sport can be affected,
for example people who sail, enjoy walking or hiking or those who take frequent holidays
to the sun. Both men and women can be affected and many are worried not only about the appearance
but also about the stigma of being labelled a “boozer” or an alcoholic. Fortunately, they
can be treated very simply using a medical procedure called short wave diathermy. It
is a little bit like electrolysis. The skin is numbed with local anesthetic cream and
a sterile single use needle is used to apply a precise medical electrical current to the
blood vessel. The electrical current cauterises the blood vessel and over the course of a
few weeks it disperses. In general the results are excellent. Unlike leg spider veins there
is no need for a duplex scan but after successful treatment, it is important to address any
pre-disposing factors to minimise the risk of the spider veins reappearing. This usually
means using a good quality UV protecting sun cream to reduce the damaging effects of ultraviolet
light. I hope you have found this interesting, do
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