Visible facial veins are actually dilated blood vessels. They are usually found on the forehead, nose, cheeks, eyelids, neck, and upper chest. Visible veins are most commonly seen in fair-skinned women and usually appear in their 40’s-50’s. Although the exact mechanisms leading to blood vessel dilation are not understood, facial veins are associated with excessive sun exposure, normal aging, steroid use, liver disease, genetics, radiation therapy, and trauma.
Facial veins are often considered to be a cosmetic issue. However, they can be found in people with Rosacea, liver disease, and more rarely, autoimmune disease. Hormonal changes can be associated with visible veins as well. Your physician can help to determine the cause of your visible veins. Visible veins are often secondary to sun damage; thus, sunscreen use and sun avoidance are recommended.
Treatments for facial veins Include: