What Causes Bulging Forehead Veins & How is it Treated?

Bulging veins, especially on the face, are most often harmless. They typically appear on the front of the forehead or on the sides of the face by the temples. In this article, we discuss the causes of bulging forehead veins & its treatment.

While bulging veins are normally seen in the elderly population and are associated with growing age, they also at times seem to signal excessive stress or pressure on part of the individual. Bulging forehead veins may be a common sight it is important to consult with a physician if t here is accompanied protrusion with pain. Go through the below article to find out about the causes of bulging forehead veins along with its treatment and the overall outlook.

What Causes Bulging Forehead Veins?

What is the Cause of Bulging Forehead Veins?

The causes of bugling forehead veins in many people may be related to their body structure, role of genetics and aging. As a person gets older, their skin becomes thinner and can thus reveal the veins lying underneath it. Age can also raise the risk of vascular issues. Those with pale skin can even notice blue.tinged veins. Veins can also be more visible in thin or lower weight people. Ones who are underweight, or have little body fat, tend to have tighter skin that make the veins in their forehead and other parts of the body, more visible.

Some other causes of bulging forehead veins include:

Pressure or Strain. Strain is one of the most important causes of bulging forehead veins. Even a good laugh can make the forehead veins more visible. When one laughs, pressure increases in their chest which causes the veins to expand. The same thing happens when one exercises, sneezes frequently, or vomits badly. Eye strain and tension headache can also raise the pressure in the head and the veins. However, if bulging forehead veins is associated with dizziness, pain and vision issues, immediate medical advice must be sought.

Pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many hormonal changes. It produces more estrogen and progesterone, which cause weakening and widening of the veins. Blood flow also increases leading to the enlargement of veins and accumulation of blood in the body. This triggers the appearance of enlarged facial veins. Thus pregnancy too is one of the common causes of bulging forehead veins

High Blood Pressure. Blood pressure or increased blood flow too is an important cause of bulging forehead veins. Anything which can increase blood flow to the head, like high blood pressure, can cause the veins to bulge. This can also occur due to a lingering heart problem. When bulging forehead veins are accompanied by chest ache or other irregular symptoms, the sufferer should seek immediate medical attention.

Sun Exposure . Spider veins appear red, blue, or purple in color. Apart from forehead, spider veins are also often seen on the nose and cheeks, especially in women with paler skin and older individuals. Prolonged sun exposure or frequent sunburns can lead to bulging of spider veins on the face thus causing bulging forehead veins. Since sun can enlarge or dilate the blood vessels, it can cause them to bulge and also weaken the surrounding skin tissue. Over exposure to sun can also prevent weak veins from shrinking back to normal size.

Treatment of Bulging Forehead Veins

Even though bulging forehead veins are very common, many people may not like their appearance. There are treatments available to reduce the visibility of these veins. It is necessary to evaluate the options available for treatment of bulging forehead veins and then choose the most appropriate one with a doctor’s advice. In some cases, forehead veins can relieve on their own. But in others, treatments may be needed to reduce the visibility of these facial veins.

Treatment of bulging forehead veins include electrosurgery, sclerotherapy, laser surgery and regular surgery.

Electrosurgery is a minimally invasive procedure in which electric current from a hand needle is used to destroy blood vessels. This is a quick but painful treatment.

In sclerotherapy, a solution is injected in the enlarged vein which causes it to shrink, close, and get reabsorbed into the body. This is quite a complex procedure for facial veins and any complications can be potentially serious.

Laser surgery is a less.invasive treatment option which uses laser light rays to close the veins. These veins eventually fade and even disappear.

A conventional surgery in which the doctor surgically removes the vein or shuts it off, is often the best treatment option for larger veins.

As each person is different, also as the cause of bulging forehead veins varies as much as the need for treatment, it is important to discuss the severity with the doctor and then plan appropriate treatment.

Prognosis of Bulging Forehead Veins

There are many natural or medical causes of bulging forehead veins. Though the protruding veins are usually not a cause for concern, but such bulging facial veins when accompanied with headache, dizziness or vision problems can be an alarming sign. Those experiencing any irregular symptoms along with bulging forehead veins should see a doctor as soon as possible. Before pursuing any treatment for bulging forehead veins, it is advisable to discuss the risks of the treatment with the doctor to make sure that there are no lingering health concerns.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:January 4, 2019

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