Facial Veins And Port Wine Stains

Jeffrey S. Gosin, MD, FACS -  - Board Certified Vascular Surgeon

Shore Vascular & Vein Center

Jeffrey S. Gosin, MD, FACS

Board Certified Vascular Surgeon located in Somers Point, NJ

Spider veins and port wine stains are particularly common around the features of the face, including the eyes, nose, and mouth. Their red, web-like appearance is often quite noticeable and can cause confidence and self-image issues for some. At Shore Vascular & Vein Center in Somers Point, New Jersey, Jeffrey Gosin, MD, FACS, and his team have years of experience diagnosing and eliminating these facial veins with the latest technological treatments available. If you’ve developed unsightly facial veins, call Dr. Gosin to schedule your consultation or book online and let his expert team help.

Facial Veins and Port Wine Stains Q & A

What are facial veins and port wine stains?

Telangiectasia is a condition that causes small blood vessels to widen, causing a red, streaked appearance from telangiectases. Commonly called spider veins, these blemishes tend to form in clusters, producing a “webbed” appearance. They most commonly form around the face, though can also form in the hands and fingers.

Port wine stains are a similar form of blemish caused by the dilation of blood capillaries. These are a form of birthmark and often grow as you age.

What causes facial veins and port wine stains?

There doesn’t seem to be a single cause behind the development of telangiectasia, but rather, a combination of factors are thought to lead to these spider veins. These include:

  • Regular exposure to the sun or extreme temperatures
  • Regular alcohol consumption
  • Aging
  • Overuse of corticosteroids

Several underlying medical conditions can also increase your risk for spider veins, including rosacea, dermatomyositis, and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia.

Port wine stains, on the other hand, have no particular factors that lead to their development. Roughly 3 out of 1,000 children are born with such a stain and aren’t preventable prior to birth.

What are the symptoms of telangiectasia and port wine stains?

Aside from the telltale webbed appearance of the facial blemishes, spider veins can occasionally cause physical symptoms such as pain and itching. Certain soaps or facial products can make this pain worse.

Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia has additional symptoms, including frequent nosebleeds, shortness of breath, seizures, strokes, and blood in stools. If you experience any of the above symptoms in addition to spider veins, you should seek medical attention.

Port wine stains generally don’t exhibit any symptoms other than their reddened appearance. This hue can turn a deeper red or purple with age, and in rare cases, it might take on a rougher texture.

How are telangiectasia and port wine stains treated?

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, Dr. Gosin and his care team take advantage of the latest state-of-the-art treatment therapies to provide fast, effective, and comfortable relief from telangiectasia and port wine stain symptoms. These include:

Excel V laser

The excel® V laser system is a state-of-the-art treatment option for a variety of conditions, including spider veins and port wine stains. Using a high-powered green laser, Dr. Gosin can target these facial blemishes, disrupting and collapsing affected veins to restore healthy blood flow.


A tried-and-true treatment option for varicose and spider veins, Dr. Gosin injects affected veins with a solution that irritates the veins. This irritation leads to inflammation, closing off spider veins and redirecting blood flow to healthy veins.

Once blood is redirected to healthy veins, the webbed appearance of your spider veins should quickly fade and disappear.

If you’re tired of waking up to unsightly spider veins and other facial blemishes when you look in the mirror, let Dr. Gosin help. Call Shore Vascular & Vein Center in Somers Point, New Jersey, to schedule your consultation or book online.

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