Your veins play a vital role in your body’s ability to function. Over time, irregularities and issues may start to develop that can affect both your appearance and circulatory health. From unsightly lines to twisted or bulging veins, these problems can cause both cosmetic and medical concerns that can worsen if left untreated. At California Dermatology Care, our excellent clinical staff as led by Dr. William Ting offer a variety of vein treatments to help patients eliminate problem veins from the body and restore clearer, natural-looking skin.
Facial veins usually appear as blue, purple or red fine lines around the cheeks, eyes, temple or chin. They can range from mild to severe and tend to create a blemished, uneven skin tone. For many patients, prominent facial veins are an unsightly cosmetic concern that can diminish your confidence. In your consultation, our clinical specialists at California Dermatology Care can examine your facial vein condition to determine the most suitable course of treatment.
What Causes Facial Veins?
Facial veins are caused by the dilation of blood vessels, a process known as vasodilation. This issue is usually caused by acne rosacea or sun damage. Sun exposure is one of the most common triggers of facial veins. Other exacerbating factors include heat, alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods or hot beverages. Anything that induces prolonged facial flushing can increase the visibility of facial veins or telangiectasia. Some ethnicities, such as those of Northern European background, are more genetically predisposed to developing facial veins.
Treatment Options for Facial Veins
At California Dermatology Care, we offer a range of safe, minimally invasive procedures to correct the appearance of facial veins. With these methods, our clinical specialists can address various concerns, including facial veins, seborrheic keratosis, lentigines and vascular lesions, such as angiomas. After analyzing the severity of your condition, risk factors and overall health, Dr. Ting will determine which vascular laser treatment will be most appropriate for you.
- Vbeam Prima and Vbeam Perfecta (595nm)
- Excel V Nd:YAG laser (532 nm)
- KTP Laser (532nm)
California Dermatology Care as led by Dr. Ting is proud to be the first in the nation to introduce Vbeam Prima laser, the next-generation Pulse Dye Laser to help patients treat all kinds of vascular lesions. This new gold standard Pulse Dye Laser by Candela feature advanced micro-pulse technology, which gently delivers heat into the vessel, allowing most effective and consistent results. This device also features the patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) system, which scales with fluence to automatically offer consistent epidermal protection. In fact, Dr. Ting uses the VBeam Prima and Perfecta lasers to quickly and dramatically reduce signs of bruising after other procedures, including dermal fillers and injectables. Vbeam Prima Laser is available at our San Ramon location and Vbeam Perfecta Laser is available at our Livermore clinic.
Vein irregularities on the body can be just as concerning as those that appear on the face. In fact, some vein issues, such as varicose veins, can cause painful physical symptoms that affect your comfort and physical ability. In your consultation, our clinical specialists at California Dermatology Care will examine your condition to identify your problem veins and determine the most suitable method of removal.
Spider veins are small, fine red or blue veins that appear close to the skin surface. They can look like thin red lines, tree branches or spider webs and are generally found on the legs or face. Spider veins can cover a small or large area. For many patients, they create an unsightly cosmetic appearance that requires professional treatment to be resolved. In some cases, spider veins can be indicative of an underlying condition, such as venous insufficiency, so it is crucial to undergo an examination to ensure there is no threat posed to your health.
Reticular veins are also known as feeder veins. They appear as small blue or green lines beneath the surface of the skin. Reticular veins enlarge due to increased pressure in the vein, and they often co-occur with spider veins.
Varicose veins are large blue, dark purple veins that protrude from the skin. They usually have a cord-like appearance and may twist or bulge beneath the skin surface. Varicose veins develop most frequently on the legs and can cause uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as throbbing, aching or cramping. When left untreated, varicose veins can worsen and lead to further complications that may threaten your circulatory health.
What Causes Body Veins?
Veins on the body can form for various reasons. The most common risk factors for developing spider, reticular and varicose veins include:
- Age – As you age, the valves in the veins become weaker and do not function as well, often causing vein irregularities.
- Hereditary influences – You are more likely to develop vein issues if there is a family history of the problem.
- Overweight and obesity – Being overweight can increase the pressure on your veins.
- Gender – Women are more likely to develop varicose veins due to the hormonal fluctuations associated with puberty, pregnancy, menopause or birth control pills.
- Pregnancy – During pregnancy, the growth of the fetus adds pressure to the leg veins, often causing varicose veins that usually improve within 3 to 12 months following delivery.
- Prolonged sitting or standing – When sitting or standing for long periods, the veins have to work harder to pump blood to the heart, which can lead to the development of vein issues.
Treatment Options for Body Veins
Body veins can cause both cosmetic and medical concerns. At California Dermatology Care, we have worked with countless men and women to help them achieve both better venous health and smoother, natural-looking skin. For the correction of body veins, our clinical specialists led by Dr. Ting offer various highly advanced procedures, including:
- Sclerotherapy with Asclera (polidocanol)
- Vbeam Prima and Vbeam Perfecta lasers
- Excel V laser
Traditional sclerotherapy remains the gold standard for reticular and spider leg veins treatment. This procedure involves injecting a safe chemical solution to seal and close the vein. However, patients must bring compression stocking on the day of sclerotherapy and should wear it for one to three weeks. For patients who are not comfortable with needle injections or who have leg veins that are resistant to sclerotherapy, we recommend industry leading Vbeam Prima laser. For deeper small sized blue veins, Excel V Nd:YAG laser may be considered. Both sclerotherapy and vascular lasers do have 1% risk of matting of reticular veins and/or skin ulceration. We do not offer endovenous laser ablation which may be indicated for ‘ropey’ varicose veins.
Schedule Your Consultation with Vein Care Expert Dr. William Ting at California Dermatology Care
At California Dermatology Care, we are passionate about helping patients achieve optimal skin and vascular health. With a range of services available, our clinical specialists can work with you to design an individualized treatment plan that addresses both your aesthetic concerns and medical needs. If you are experiencing issues with your veins, angiomas or vascular malformation and are seeking to eliminate problem veins from your body, text the California Dermatology Care team at 925-328-0255 to schedule your consultation today.
*Patient education matters to us. The information on this page has been reviewed by the board-certified dermatologists of California Dermatology Care. If you have any questions about our procedures or treatments, please get in touch with us today.