Treating veins and capillaries on the face and leg
Many people experience small red or blue capillaries on their face and legs especially as they grow older. They are caused by a variety of factors which weaken the walls of the vessels, increase the pressure within them or thin the overlying skin making them more visible. These factors can include age, weight, and exposure to weather, alcohol, pregnancy and medical conditions such as Rosacea.
Facial redness may be prevented by trying to reduce exposure to sun and wind, by using a good quality sun block and by avoidance of smoking and alcohol excess. Leg veins and capillaries may be prevented by avoidance of weight gain, avoidance of prolonged standing and use of support stockings when pregnant.
Facial redness and damage may also be treated with a good sun block as it may reduce the risk of further deterioration .Some of the redness and pigmentation can be reduced by specialist skin products used on a daily basis. Lasers can be very successful in removal of both red and blue capillaries, either as single vessels or as matted vessels. Leg veins and capillaries need a very thorough assessment as they are often caused by deeper veins which need specialist investigation and treatment. This is often not available on the NHS unless causing significant problems. If there are no deeper veins then small red or blue veins can be successfully treated with laser. The treatment will involve several sessions for a significant reduction and the area treated will need protection from sunlight for a week afterwards.