Spider Veins (Telangiectasias)

Symptoms Treated

Spider Veins (Telangiectasias)

What are spider veins?

Spider veins, otherwise known as “broken capillaries” or “broken blood vessels” are small, damaged veins that can appear on the surface of the skin. They are recognisable as red, blue or purple fine lines that often manifest on the face or legs. Whilst spider veins don’t often cause discomfort or pose any danger, they can be unsightly and many people choose to treat them to improve the skin’s appearance and boost confidence. 

Whilst we don’t completely understand the cause of spider veins, we do know that they are far more common in women than men.


Spider veins get their name from the dilated superficial blood vessels that spread in a “spider” shape under the skin’s surface. They are caused by an increase in vein pressure which results in damaged sections of the vein filling with blood and overflowing. This overflow creates the tiny spider veins which are often in areas behind the knee or around the nose. Besides being visually unappealing to some, spider veins can in some cases cause a mild burning or itching sensation.

What causes broken capillaries?

Broken capillaries tend to be hereditary and occur more often in those with a strong family history. In saying that, there are a number of factors that can increase your chance of developing broken capillaries throughout your lifetime. These may include:

  • Obesity
  • Ageing
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Taking oral contraceptives, such as the pill

Another common cause of spider veins is standing for long periods of time. The continuous stress on the heart to pump blood to the legs and back up the body whilst fighting against the force of gravity can cause veins to fill up with blood. This means that professionals such as nurses or teachers can be more prone to spider veins.

How can spider veins be treated?

The good news is that if you don’t want to, you don’t have to live with unsightly spider veins. 

There are two main treatment options you can explore. Sclerotherapy, which is performed in a doctor’s office, requires a health professional to inject the veins with a solution that scars and closes them. This can be a painful process and may result in swelling and itching. Whilst effective if done correctly, it will take a few weeks for the veins to fade away. Needless to say, sclerotherapy isn’t an option for those looking to remove smaller, facial veins.

The latest and most effective method for removing broken capillaries and spider veins is with medical grade laser treatments. Known as the treatment of choice for those looking for a relatively pain free procedure with little to no downtime, laser treatment is the process of applying a laser to the skin. Photons are transmitted through the laser and absorbed by blood cells in the veins. The heat from the laser destroys the blood vessels, causing the veins to shrink and eventually dissolve over time.

At Clinica Lase we can offer you the latest in state-of-the-art medical grade laser treatments. Our talented clinicians always make sure you are comfortable and fully informed before they start any treatment. You’ll feel in control throughout your experience.

What type of laser is used?

After a thorough consultation with one of our professional clinicians, we’ll decide on the perfect laser devices to suit the requirements of your unique blood vessel concerns. Whether it be tiny spider veins on the face, to larger reticular veins on the legs, we can treat you quickly, safely and effectively.

Keep in mind that the number of treatments you receive will vary depending on the number, colour and size of the vessels being treated.

Read more about our popular and effective lasers, the Excel V Laser and ND Yag.

Benefits of laser treatment

There are many benefits in choosing a laser treatment over sclerotherapy to treat spider veins. Not only is the process non-invasive and chemical free, sessions typically only last around 20 mins. There’s also the advantage of being able to return to your normal activities almost immediately.

Reduce redness on the face

A welcome side effect of treating broken capillaries on the face is that your treatment plan can also help to reduce redness of the face, which is especially important for those suffering from conditions such as rosacea. Your expert Clinica Lase clinician will be able to help guide you through options and expected outcomes.

No downtime

One the most beneficial features of choosing a laser treatment from Clinica Lase is the minimal downtime our clients enjoy. There is no need to take time off work and you are free to return to your daily activities straight away and with no restrictions. We only ask that you avoid direct sunlight on the area of skin that your treatment has been. As always, remember to apply a good quality SPF sunscreen when outdoors.

What are the side effects of laser treatment?

The non-invasive nature of laser treatment means that side-effects are minimal and tend to be mild. Possible side effects of laser treatment may include:

  • Bruising along the length of the treated vein
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin colour
  • A burning, prickly or painful feeling
  • Mild to moderate skin burns

Whilst there are potential side effects to any treatment you undergo, laser is regarded as a safe and trustworthy option for anyone looking to remove broken capillaries from their face or body.

If you are interested in removing unwanted veins from your face and body, please contact Clinica Lase today to find out more. 

You can also enquire about our other treatments so we can tailor a plan to suit your needs. Fill out our contact form or call our team today.

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