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Facial Capillaries

Facial Capillaries are those unsightly veins that can mar the look of anyone's complexion. They can range from small spidery veins on the cheeks to full-blown angry tentacles redialing from the sides of the nose, or reddened hot spots. You can try to hide them with corrective makeup or simply have them professionally treated.

What do Facial Capillaries look like?

Facial Capillaries can present in a variety of ways. Some are thread like veins that criss-cross the face, the areas most affected are the cheeks and nose, or spider veins which have a centre and look like a reddened spot, but on closer inspection are actually very fine veins.

What are the cause of Facial Capillaries?

Facial Capillaries are most common in white Western Europeans, and are thought to be inherited genetically. They typically appear in people aged 35 to 45, and there is no known way to arrest their development. Extremes of hot and cold temperatures, (e.g. saunas), alcohol, very spicy foods, and heavy exercise tend to make them appear worse, but are not the cause.

What is the treatment for Facial Capillaries?

Facial Capillaries are treated by diathermy, which involves cauterising the tiny surface veins. Diathermy produces the best and most lasting results and usually 2 or 3 treatments are adequate, followed by checkups every 2 to 3 years to treat newly developed veins.

What is the aftercare of the treatment?

After the treatment an antiseptic cream will be applied to keep the area clean and dry. It is very important that you avoid touching the area with your fingers in order to avoid infection.

It is important to wash your hands thoroughly, and then use clean cotton wool and tepid salty water to bathe the area for 2 - 3 nights after the treatment, and use clean tissues to dry the area well. Finally, apply the antiseptic cream both AM and PM. Do not reuse the cotton wool or tissues.

For 24 hours after the treatment you must avoid anything that will make your face flush, this includes extremes of hot or cold temperatures, (e.g. saunas), alcohol, very spicy foods, and heavy exercise.

Do not use any cosmetic preparations, (e.g. cleansers or moisturiser), for up to 48 hours.
Do not towel dry the area, use clean tissues only.
Do not pick the healing scabs, as they may leave scars.

What is the effect of the treatment on the skin?

Immediately after the treatment you will notice some redness and a slight swelling which gradually decreases over a few hours. The next day, although the skin has no obvious after effects, it will look slightly different. Then over the next 2 or 3 days tiny pin head size healing scabs occur at the site of the old veins. These should not be interfered with. They will fall away after 3 to 10 days, leaving the skin smooth.
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