Understanding Under Eye Veins
Their Causes, Effects, and Removal Options
Under-eye veins, also known as periorbital veins, can be an unsightly cosmetic concern for many people. Some patients present with prominent or bulging blue or purple veins immediately below their eyes. These visible veins can dramatically impact one’s self-confidence and may contribute to one’s appearance looking fatigued or swollen.
It is, therefore, no surprise that we see a lot of people coming through looking to treat or remove under eye veins. We must first look at what they are, what causes under eye veins, and then how we can treat or remove these veins for you.
What Are Under Eye Veins?
Under-eye veins are small blood vessels that become visible beneath the skin around the eyes. They are part of the intricate network of blood vessels in the face.
Unlike spider veins that occur in the top layer of the skin, these veins are in the fat layer just below the skin. One of the reasons they can become so noticeable is because they are abnormally large for this area of the face. This in turn can cause bulging of the overlying skin, making your eyes appear swollen or fatigued.
Other veins beneath or around the eyes are smaller and may not bulge but may still be visible and unattractive causing discolouration of the skin.
What Causes Under Eye Veins?
Thin Under Eye Skin:
The skin around your eyes is significantly thinner compared to other areas of the body. This thinness can make these under eye veins more visible and can contribute to their prominence.
As we age, our skin naturally becomes thinner and loses its elasticity. This natural, but inevitable process can make under-eye veins more apparent and visible.
Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to having more visible veins in the under-eye area. Inherited factors can affect the size, colour, and visibility of these veins.
Specific Lifestyle Factors:
Certain lifestyle habits can contribute to the appearance of under-eye veins. These can include:
- Excessive sun exposure
- Excessive Alcohol consumption
- And more!
All of these can weaken your skin and blood vessels, making the veins more noticeable.
Do Under Eye Veins Have Any Effects on Us?
Whilst under-eye veins are primarily a cosmetic concern, they can have psychological effects on anyone.
The visibility of these veins can make one appear tired, older, or even unhealthy. This can negatively affect one’s self-confidence and cause a lot of self-esteem issues. Understanding the causes and available treatment options can help our patients address this issue and boost their self-esteem.
It’s important to note that the effects of under-eye veins can vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the condition and each person’s sensitivity to cosmetic concerns. While these effects are primarily cosmetic, they can have a significant impact on someone’s self-perception and confidence.
Under Eye Vein Treatments & Concealment
Preventing Under-Eye Veins with Skincare and Lifestyle Changes:
Firstly, you can protect your skin from the sun. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses to shield the delicate under-eye area from harmful UV rays.
Secondly, you can adopt a healthy lifestyle. Quit (or don’t start) smoking, reduce your alcohol consumption, and maintain a balanced diet to support overall skin health.
Finally, you can invest in quality skincare products. Look for products containing ingredients like vitamin K, vitamin C, and retinol, which can improve skin elasticity and reduce or prevent the appearance of under eye veins.
Concealing Under Eye Veins with Concealers and Makeup:
Colour-correcting concealers can help. Use concealers with appropriate undertones that help to correct the colour of the veins to match your natural skin tone to neutralize the appearance of under-eye veins.
On top of this, you can apply a skin-toned concealer. Apply a lightweight concealer that matches your skin tone to provide a seamless finish and further minimize the visibility of veins.
Under Eye Vein Treatments
Whilst the methods above can provide you with preventative measures or short-term concealment for under-eye veins, they do not treat or remove the concern at hand.
At Solihull Medical Cosmetic Clinic, we offer laser vein treatments as an easy, fast, and not to mention effective treatment method. Laser treatment therapy can target and reduce the appearance of superficial veins in the face. Laser treatments can reduce the appearance of under-eye veins by emitting focused light energy to selectively destroy specific blood vessels. The treatment usually takes around 15-30 minutes, and a cooling ice pack is all that is necessary during the procedure.
Besides the treatment of fine superficial veins, laser treatment therapy may also be used to improve the appearance of dilated and prominent blue vessels. Especially with reticular veins in sensitive areas such as within the under-eye area.
Dr Sagoo, our leading doctor here at Solihull Medical Cosmetic Clinic, is one of a handful of doctors within the UK who has experience with treating these kinds of under eye veins. Dr Sagoo has performed hundreds of under-eye vein procedures during his successful career. When applied to the face, our laser under eye vein removal has been described as rejuvenating one’s skin and returning an amazing youthful look to one’s face.
Contact us today to Learn More
Under-eye veins can be a frustrating aesthetic concern, but numerous options are available to address them effectively. By understanding the causes and effects of under-eye veins and exploring the available removal options, you can make informed decisions to minimize their appearance and restore confidence.
We are the only clinic outside of London to have the skills and facilities to perform this treatment. Despite this, we are also more cost competitive and can provide you with affordable solutions to treat your under eye veins.
Every patient will first have a consultation with Dr Sagoo to determine the most suitable course of action for their specific needs. Including tailor-made combination treatments. Remember, there is a solution to help you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin. Contact us today to learn more!