(Red Facial Veins)

Facial thread veins or broken veins (telangiectasia) are small unsightly superficial red, purple or blue veins that usually occur around the nose but can spread out onto the cheeks. Thread veins occur when the vein dilates and becomes large enough to be visible through the transparency of the skin.

They are caused by a variety of factors including exposure to sunlight, wind and the extremes of temperature. The over use of steroid creams and certain auto immune conditions may also induce thread veins. Often the exact cause is unknown.

Red facial veins (thread veins or telangiectasia) are treated with short wave diathermy.