Facial spider vein treatment and cause

Reviewed by Dr. Hun Kim Thao

Question: Doctor, I have had tiny dilated capillaries running under my cheeks for a long time and they are becoming more visible. I feel like my skin is getting thinner, more vulnerable, and more easily irritated by cosmetic products. Can you share with me a way to treat these unsightly spider veins?

(Akie, 28 yo)

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Facial spider vein treatment and cause

Answered by Dr. Hun Kim Thao, Dermatologist (CK1) Co-founder & Chief Medical Officer, Grace Skincare Clinic, Ho Chi Minh

Hello Akie,

Thank you for submitting your question to Grace Skincare Clinic. Dilated capillary, also called spider veins, is a common issue for skin that is thin, inelastic, and sensitive. It is recommended that you determine the causes of your case so that your dermatologist can set up the most suitable treatment program for you.

What causes spider veins?

A few common causes of spider veins are genetic tendency, hormonal imbalance, overexposure with direct sunlight, narcotics and alcohol abuse, or unhealthy skincare and make-up habits, especially using products that contain corticosteroid which makes the skin thinner and more vulnerable.

Based on the information you have provided, I believe that your specific case is the consequence of improper makeup usage, hormonal imbalance, and natural aging. However, for the most accurate diagnosis, we hope that you can pay a visit to Grace Skincare Clinic so our dermatologists can directly examine your skin.

Currently available for effective spider vein treatment

Laser Treatment

For many clients dealing with unsightly spider veins, the use of lasers has been extremely effective. There are several types of lasers that successfully treat spider veins, The selection of which laser is best depends upon the severity of your spider veins.

Generally, a laser is used to treat spider veins that are smaller than 3 millimeters and closer to the surface of the skin. Lasers use a strong, focused beam of light that causes the spider vein to clot and dry up.

While some clients really want instant results, the best medical outcome generally requires several treatments. We can try to treat spider veins quickly, but it involves more risk of complications such as darkened pigmentation.

The preferred and safer treatment practice allows us to use a bit lower energy. If we avoid strong energy to close the blood vessels, we will expose the skin to less heat. Remember that high heat is the key component that increases the risks of unwanted complications resulting in darkened skin.

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Alma Q laser can make your spider veins disappear for good

Pulsed Light Treatment (IPL- Intense Pulsed Light, or DPL- Dye Pulsed Light)

This treatment option works well for spider veins of small or medium size that are closer to the surface of the skin. They employ a non-laser high-intensity source of light to treat spider veins by heating and damaging the walls of the blood vessel.

This treatment protocol will also generally require more than one treatment.


Generally, this treatment can be done for spider veins (and varicose veins) that are larger and that cannot be effectively treated by laser. Sclerotherapy involves injecting an irritant directly into the affected vein. When the walls of the vein become irritated, they stick together and keep blood from flowing into the area.

This procedure can reduce swelling and cause the vein to shrink. Over time, the spider vein fades or vanishes. Several treatments may be necessary to obtain the desired results.


Electrodesiccation is a medical procedure that employs a needle-shaped electrode. This delivers a high-frequency electric current to superheat a pinpointed area of the skin. The high voltage current dries out cells that are not wanted on the skin’s surface. This procedure has a higher risk for scarring. It is not often used for spider veins on the face.

Laser and pulsed light treatments are less invasive than sclerotherapy and electrodesiccation. There is no injection or puncturing of the skin surface.

At GRACE SKINCARE CLINIC, we use the Alma Q Laser for the spider vein treatment.

But, don’t forget that a laser is a very complex scientific instrument, It should ONLY be operated by an experienced and trained Dermatologist. Unfortunately, we see serious and sometimes permanent skin damage in clients. Some of these clients were treated by a low-end laser system. Some clients had laser treatments performed by inexperienced or untrained technicians.

Why is Alma Q laser the superior treatment method for spider veins?

Alma Q laser is a technology trusted by more than 60 major dermatology hospitals and clinics worldwide. The Alma Q laser technology’s effectiveness in treating dilate capillaries is FDA and CE approved.

Using its 1064 nm wavelength, the Alma Q laser targets the deeper layers of our skin and reaches the capillaries, clogs the visible ones, and makes them disappear.

Alma Q laser is also a highly safe and effective treatment method for pigment disorders and tattoo removal for its ease of control, only targeting the spot that needs treatment and avoiding damaging the surrounding tissues.

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Why is Alma Q laser the superior treatment method for spider veins?

Spider vein treatment at Grace Skincare Clinic

As a globally recognized method and used in more than 6,500 clinics and hospitals around the world, the Alma-Q Laser at Grace Skincare Clinic is one of the most advanced laser technologies available today (also the first and only technology in Vietnam that meets FDA & CE standards).

Alma Q Laser can effectively treat spider veins, as proved in numerous clinical cases. Alma Q Laser also benefits patients as the treatment requires less time, with accuracy and safety remarkably higher compared to the old technology.

Beyond that, the intelligent light technology Alma Q penetrates deeply into the skin and precisely targets every single cell to improve skin problems such as hyperpigmentation, sagging skin, wrinkles, freckles, enlarged pores, acne scars, etc. Depending on each case and patient’s requirement, the doctor will apply the appropriate method for each area of the ​​skin, assuring a smoother, fresher, and healthier skin at the end of the treatment course.

Eradication with the shortened amount of time, high accuracy, safety, comprehensive treatment of skin imperfections at the same time and no rest time required are amongst the outstanding advantages of the Alma Q therapy compared to other technologies available on the market.

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Spider vein treatment at Grace Skincare Clinic

As one of the world-class standard skincare clinics, along with a team of experienced doctors, we are confident to provide our clients with the highest quality and safest services Should you need more details on spider vein treatment or any other dermatological problems, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/broken-blood-vessels-on-face

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