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Facial thread veins or broken red veins (telangiectasia) are small unsightly superficial red, purple or blue veins that occur around the nose and across the cheeks and chin. These broken veins occur when the vein dilates and become larger so they are visible through the transparency of the skin.
Although facial veins/spider veins are quite common they can cause some distress and embarrassment for those who have them. Facial veins may be hereditary or as a result of a variety of factors including damage from sun exposure, wind and the extremes of temperature.
The overuse of steroid creams and certain autoimmune conditions may also induce thread veins. Often the exact cause is unknown and may just be part of the natural ageing process or as a part of a skin condition called rosacea.
Facial vessels are effectively treated with Intense Pulse Light (IPL), Thermavein or Laser at Harley Skin and Laser in Newcastle Under Lyme Staffordshire with minimal downtime or risk in just a few quick, easy treatments.
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anaesthesia and the procedure is actually quite quick. Sensations vary but most people describe it as a very quick, hot pin prick.