Monthly Archives: April 2011

Facial veins: Causes and Treatments.

While the majority of spider and varicose veins occur on the legs, many might not know that unsightly veins can appear on the face, neck and chest areas as well.

Facial veins, or telangiectasias are dilated blood vessels that occur when the elastic fibers in the walls of the blood vessels are weakened. Excessive sun exposure, normal aging, steroid use, liver disease, radiation therapies and trauma can all contribute to facial veins.   

To treat these veins, Reno Vein Clinic offers laser treatments that can help minimize the appearance of facial veins. Preferentially heating vessel walls causes them to weaken, fall and be absorbed by the body. Treatments can take 5 to 30 minutes or more depending on the treatment area. If a topical anesthetic is necessary, you should allow 20 to 30 minutes or more for it to take effect. This is best discussed with your physician before treatment. Most patients experience considerable improvement after 1 to 4 treatments depending upon the skin condition and level of treatment.

Facial veins are often a result to sun damage, so using sunscreen and minimizing sun exposure is recommended as primary prevention techniques.

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Vein Health and Diet

We’re all familiar with the phrase “you are what you eat”. Healthy eating can also have positive effects on our veins!

Here are some examples key ingredients that you can integrate into your meals to promote vascular health and reduce the risk of developing painful varicose veins.

Fiber!

Fresh fruits and vegetables are a great way to consume large amounts of fiber, which not only promote healthy bowel and colon function, but have rich compounds that can prevent varicose veins and reduce the discomfort of existing varicose veins.

Blackberries and cherries are great sources of fiber rich fruits that are vein friendly.

Vitamins!

There are a variety of vitamins and minerals that are effective at alleviating vein symptoms and reducing varicose and spider vein occurrence.  Vitamins A and C help with circulation while B-Complex helps maintain strong blood vessels. Also helpful are foods that contain bioflavonoids, which increase vein health.

Food’s containing bioflavonoids include all citrus fruits, especially the white rind parts.

Back away from the salt!

Just about all foods in a balanced diet contain adequate amounts of salt on their own, which means there is no reason for additional sodium in one’s diet. Increased levels of salt in the diet can create swelling which often results from water retention, a direct result of sodium in the diet.

To add flavor to food without using salt, consider a sodium alternative or other natural ground spices like turmeric or basil.

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