Broken capillaries of the face, also referred to as dilated capillaries or spider veins, affect mostly the nose and cheeks. They appear as fine red lines on fair skin or older people. In addition to the face, these may arise on other parts of the body, such as under eyes, legs, around nose, on cheeks and on breasts or back. Most common among people who have skin that is fair, or very sensitive, can be embarrassing. Some of the causes of broken vessels are genetics, pregnancy, and possibly leg injuries. Capillaries are small blood vessels that connect arteries and veins. Broken capillaries on the face are often found on the cheeks and around the nose, and appear as small spidery red, pink or blue marks beneath the surface of the skin. Fortunately, there are treatments that will reduce the signs of broken blood vessels on face. One of the most common treatments is with lasers. This type of treatment works when the skin absorbs the light from the laser and destroys the capillaries. The capillaries do not disappear immediately, but are absorbed and dismantled by the body. When laser treatments are conducted to get rid of broken blood vessels on face, most practioners will anesthetize the skin. Then the laser is applied, which will treat the broken capillaries and not damage the rest of the face. Laser or Intense Pulsed Light is a broken capillaries treatment San Diego that can clear away vascular skin imperfections and revitalize without surgery.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I expect?
Many different vascular imperfections can appear on your face, preventing you from looking and feeling your best. Laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) vessel treatment gives you one convenient solution to treat them all — quickly and with minimal discomfort and no downtime.
Pulses of light target and erase broken vessels at the surface of your skin without harming surrounding tissue. As a result, you enjoy clearer skin that looks younger and fresher. Laser or IPL vessel treatment can erase spider veins and broken vessels. These treatments deliver fast, easy removal of broken vessels and spider veins.
What causes broken (facial) capillaries?
When the capillary walls widen and narrow too quickly they can cause the vessel walls to tear and the blood to leak out. Broken capillaries have a number of causes which include environmental and genetic factors, skin type, and even natural aging. The primary causes are aging and sun damage that cause the skin to become thinner and lose collagen. As collagen is a protein in the body that helps the skin stay firm and elastic, its loss makes the capillaries more vulnerable. Other reasons for broken capillaries include inflammatory conditions, excess pressure on the skin, extreme weather conditions and genetic predisposition. Broken capillaries are harmless and generally cause no pain or discomfort.
Who suffers from broken capillaries?
While people who have fair skin are more prone to develop broken capillaries, especially on the face, almost anyone can suffer from this problem at one point or another. Broken capillaries are also more prevalent among individuals with thin or sensitive skin or people suffering from other skin problems like Rosacea or severe acne. Because these blood vessels are so thin, they are very easy to break. Broken blood vessels on face can be caused by scrubbing the face too hard, using the wrong face exfoliator, or for rinsing the face with excessively hot water. Excessive sun damage may also cause broken capillaries and lead to unsightly red spots on face. Pregnancy and childbirth are also associated with broken blood vessels on face, due to increased blood pressure. Some birth control pills will also cause blood vessels to break as well as some estrogen therapies. Age contributes to the likelihood of getting broken blood vessels on face, because as we get older, our body becomes more prone to damage. Decades of sun exposure without proper sun screen, poor diet and declining health all affect the body’s ability to regenerate itself, and capillaries become weaker in the process.
What types of vessel problems can be treated?
Laser or IPL vessel treatment is a good choice for treating spider veins and broken vessels on your face, neck, and some other areas of your body.
Are you a good candidate for treatments?
Laser or IPL vessel treatments can be performed on most skin types. Contact a provider to find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment.
What kinds of results can I expect?
Most people can expect to see a decrease in the appearance of spider veins and other facial vessel imperfections along with a more even skin tone.
How long does it take?
The procedure can be performed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Is it painful?
Most people feel minimal discomfort during laser or IPL treatments.
How many broken capillaries treatment San Diego will I need?
Most people will see some improvement immediately. To achieve the best results, two or more treatments may be needed depending on the severity of the spider veins and vessel areas.
How quickly will I recover?
Most people resume regular activities immediately following the treatment session.