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Blood vessels appear on the surface of the skin for many reasons, yet these visible red, purple or bluish lines pose cosmetic concerns for many people. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, board-certified dermatologist, Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, treats blood vessels for men and women living around the world.


What are Blood Vessels?

“Blood vessels” encompasses the veins, arteries and capillaries in your skin. The purpose of these hollow tubes are to deliver blood from the heart to the tissues and then back to the heart. This process allows for your body to receive oxygen and nutrients that it needs to function and stay healthy. Most blood vessels are hidden in the skin, but some conditions such as aging or sun-damaged skin may cause the blood vessels to be visible on the surface of your skin. Treatment may not be medically necessary, but procedures for visible blood vessels have aesthetic benefits.

What Causes Visible Blood Vessels?

  • Excess blood trapped inside the vessel
  • Ruptures
  • Weakening of vessel walls
  • Rosacea
  • Abnormalities

These conditions allow the blood to leak out of the vessels and into the surrounding tissues or the vein may swell to the point of being visible on the surface of the skin.

How are Visible Blood Vessels Treated?

The goal of treatment for visible blood vessels is to destroy the damaged structures. This alleviates the aesthetic concerns and promotes blood flow through healthy blood vessels. This may be achieved via sclerotherapy, laser treatments and other approaches.

What Should I Expect from Blood Vessel Treatment?

Depending on the nature and severity of your visible blood vessels, you may need several treatments. The vessels gradually fade with each procedure. Most blood vessel conditions do not recur, but some may return in the future. Follow-up treatments can be performed.

Am I a Good Candidate for Visible Blood Vessel Treatment?

If you are concerned with the visible veins in your skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Waibel to understand the condition as well as your treatment options.

Visible blood vessels make you feel less comfortable about your appearance. Fortunately, you may have several treatment options to make the veins less obvious. Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, the board-certified dermatologist at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, offers men and women in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Kendall and surrounding communities in Florida treatments for blood vessels. To learn more about our treatments for blood vessels, contact us today to schedule a consultation.