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Facial Spider Veins and Alcohol

Can Alcohol Cause Facial Thread Veins? 

There are a number of possible causes of spider veins on the face, but one of the best known is alcohol consumption. 

A red nose is commonly associated with heavy drinking. While there are a range of other potential causes, it is true that alcohol can be a significant factor in the development of spider veins on the face.

This adds an extra dimension to patient’s concerns about the appearance of facial thread veins, as few would wish to be thought of as a heavy drinker. It can be quite troubling, impacting on confidence and self-perception.

Alcohol and Spider Veins

Alcohol acts as a ‘vasodilator’. This means that it opens up the blood vessels. In the short term, this explains why people can ‘flush’ after drinking alcohol.  But in the longer term, if blood veins, capillaries or vessels over-dilate, they can burst, which leads to permanent spider veins on your face.

Other Causes

Alcohol is not the only cause of thread veins.  Other potential causes include sun exposure, smoking, the ageing process, a genetic tendency, injury, hormones and skin type/coloration/condition.

Whatever the cause, many patients are keen to find treatment for facial thread veins, as camouflage with makeup can be quite difficult.

London Vein Treatment Centre

Cosmedics Skin Clinics’ main London Vein Treatment Centre has the latest Harmony XL Pro laser machine, which provides a gentle and effective treatment for visible veins on the face and body.

Harmony XL Pro Laser treatment targets problem capillaries, vessels or veins with a blast of laser energy. This damages the veins so that they shrink, shrivel up and eventually disappear. Laser energy also works to stimulate healing and cell renewal in the treated area.

Treatment using micro-cautery laser is also available at all of the company’s skin treatment centres.

Larger thread veins can be treated with sclerotherapy injections,.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Established in 2003, Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for spider veins using the latest techniques with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons. They also offer advanced laser varicose vein treatment at the London Vein Treatment Centre.For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.

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