As you age, your skin starts to show signs such as wrinkles and sunspots. Vascular lesions, or visible veins, can also appear on your face or legs. At Revive™ Medical Spa in Farmington Hills, Michigan, highly trained aesthetics services provider Ardis Schmitt, RN, BSN, offers treatments like sclerotherapy and laser therapy to erase signs of face veins and help you achieve clearer skin. Call for a consultation or book online today.
Vascular lesions are visible veins that look like tangled red or purple lines on your skin's surface. They also include birthmarks such as port-wine stains and face veins. These lesions are often idiopathic, which means they have no known cause and result from a cluster of blood vessel growth.
People with rosacea develop these lesions on their cheeks and nose, but often they occur as a side effect of sun exposure and aging.
The most bothersome vascular lesions appear on your face or legs and can make you self-conscious. They aren't harmful to your health, but these visible vessels can be aesthetically unappealing to some.
The vascular lesions on your legs may appear as tangled spider veins, making you feel self-conscious in shorts and sometimes cause aching and fatigue in your legs. They usually appear because a vein is damaged, but blood vessel clusters can occur for several reasons.
Often, when the one-way valves in a vein close to the skin's surface weaken, the vein cannot return blood to the heart. When this happens, your blood pools in the vessel. This reflux can damage the vein's walls, resulting in discoloration and possible swelling.
Vascular lesions that appear on the face may be present from birth. Other vascular lesions may develop due to the skin condition rosacea, characterized by redness, acne-like breakouts, and visible veins.
Aging can also lead to vascular veins and face veins because your veins' structure changes and weakens as you get older.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure in which your provider uses a fine needle to inject the affected vessels with a particular solution. This solution disrupts the vein, causing it to swell and close. With time, the vein dissolves, and blood is directed through healthier veins.
Sclerotherapy helps spider veins, face veins, and other vascular lesions lighten in color so that they're less noticeable. In many cases, the veins disappear entirely. The procedure is performed using very fine needles, so the discomfort is minimal. You can resume normal activities within hours of treatment.
At Revive™ Medical Spa, your provider uses an Nd:YAG laser to treat vascular lesions and face veins. When the laser energy is directed toward the offending blood vessel, it closes and shrinks. Your body then absorbs the vein, and blood redirects to healthy veins.
Patients tolerate laser therapy quite well, and it's effective for most skin types.
To learn more about how Revive™ Medical Spa can help you eliminate unsightly veins and vascular lesions, call the office to set up a consultation or book online today.