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Reticular Veins

Pesky Reticular Veins. Facial Veins Vs. Leg Veins

Errrr so what are reticular veins exactly?! There’s a high chance that you’ve also heard of them being referred to as varicose veins, spider veins, enlarged veins, thread veins or varicosities. These names are used interchangeably, but there are some key differences.

What Are Reticular Veins?

Reticular veins are visible veins that appear below the surface of the skin in blue or purple hues. They are usually smaller and thinner than varicose veins or varicosities, which tend to protrude and bulge out, with a lumpy appearance. Reticular veins often appear alongside varicose veins and they can cause some pain and discomfort like their larger counterparts, but this is less common.

In any case, I know that reticular veins are a source of discomfort and, at times, embarrassment for a number of my clients at Clinic10, especially as they tend to affect the face and the legs more than anywhere else. Luckily, there are treatment options available to help restore a clearer complexion, but how do facial veins and leg veins differ?

Facial Veins Vs. Leg Veins

Leg veins are more common than facial veins. The main reason for this is those that sit or stand for long periods on a daily basis, often because of work, are at risk of increased pressure in their leg veins. Blood can build up, veins can stretch, and damage can occur, leading to the appearance of thin, web-like veins beneath the skin. Things like age and pregnancy can also increase your risk, as well as injury, hormone fluctuations, and sun damage.

When it comes to facial veins, several causes have been linked to these pesky imperfections. Some causes can be environmental, like sun damage, or sometimes hereditary. Some can be lifestyle based – smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can exaggerate the problem. Unfortunately, there are a number of unavoidable factors. Facial veins are often linked to the typical ageing process, or sometimes it comes down to certain inherited skin conditions.

Something to note about facial veins is that they are often coupled with rosacea. In fact, reticular veins are a common symptom of rosacea, alongside redness, flushing and skin sensitivity. The good news is that both can be treated simultaneously via the same treatment methods.

Reticular Veins



Treatment Options

At Clinic10, treatments for reticular veins and rosacea are some of our most popular treatments in the clinic for radiant, clear skin. As I’m sure you know, we have to consider multiple aspects of your skin health before we determine the best way to move forward. Every client is unique. That’s why I introduced world leading technology alongside multiple state-of-the-art skin rejuvenation technologies to Clinic10, and I continue to do so!

It’s my job to formulate an effective treatment plan for you, which might include a combination of IPL and Laser technologies, or perhaps a gentler option like an advanced facial. We always start by scheduling a telephone or in-clinic consultation where we discuss your concerns together in-depth, assess your skin, symptoms, skin goals and take it from there.

You can call me on M: 07963 219 368 or text message, WhatsApp or direct message through social media and we’ll get you booked in as soon as possible! Alternatively, email me at and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Don’t hesitate to include any questions you might have as I’m always delighted to hear from you ahead of your visit. Hope to See you soon at Clinic10!

Til next time
Andrea xx