Broken Capillaries Face Treatment

The most effective way for what's often referred to as broken capillaries is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or Laser.

Genetics and sun exposure are the main causes of broken capillaries.

What are Capillaries?

Capillaries are thin and fragile blood vessels in your body that connect arteries to veins. These blood vessels are so small that only one red blood cell can pass through them at a time. Oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange occurs in capillaries.

With constant narrowing and widening, the thin capillary walls lose their elasticity and can even tear.

These damaged capillaries show up on the skin as very thin, red or purple lines and threads. Widening and narrowing of the capillaries are caused by a number of physical and environmental factors eg temperature fluctuations etc.

Facial enlarged capillaries causes

Enlarged, unsightly capillaries (often referred to as "broken" capillaries) occur where the skin is the most thin or sensitive, such as the face--especially the cheeks and nose.

Events such as hot weather, strong winds, a sunburn, pressure or trauma to the face or other conditions, such as rosacea, can cause broken capillaries. Dry skin also is considered more at risk for enlarged capillaries, so is collagen loss in the skin.

Vascular types

Thread veins or capillaries on the face
  • In fair-skinned people who may have smoked and/or spent time in the sun
  • Individuals who are going through hormonal changes or inherited
Capillaries on sides & bridge of the nose
Capillaries on sides of the nostrils
  • May be inherited. If your parents or other immediate family members have a history of enlarged capillaries, chances of you developing them later in life increase
  • Consequence of nose surgery, nose injury, rosacea, chronic sinusitis or hayfever, or simply from overzealous “squeezing” of blackheads in the area

Other triggers for facial flushing may include coffee, tea, heat, exercise and emotional.

Enlarged Capillaries Treatment

There are not too many effective ways to get rid of the unsightly "broken" capillaries other than laser / IPL vascular treatments.

The is the most effective way for what's often referred to as broken capillaries is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or Laser. Laser light energy is concentrated on the targeted thread vein. Energy is then transferred from the laser to the vein and absorbed by the blood vessel. Since capillaries are only one epithelial cell thick it doesn’t take much to "close" them or coagulate the blood in them known as clog blood vessel. Because the vessel no longer transports blood, it becomes useless to the body and the debris is cleaned up and the clears up the appearance of broken capillaries .

For the first 48 hours after treatment, clients should avoid any strenuous activity, keep the treatment area moist with a soothing gels available. Avoid any anti-inflammatory or aspirin related medications for a few days prior to the treatment and a few days after it.

Exposure to the sun must be avoided 4-6 weeks before and 4-6 weeks after the treatment. SPF 30+ sunscreen is a must daily

Number of Treatments Required

The number of treatments needed to fully eliminate enlarged or broken capillaries varies based on the number and appearance of broken capillaries. A large network of capillaries may take several treatments, while smaller capillaries may disappear after one treatment.

Treatments typically last for 15-30 minutes. At your first session we will treat the capillaries that bother you the most and the ones that are more obvious. In some cases we recommend a second appointment in order that we treat the smaller feeder veins and therefore completely eliminate the problem.

Before and after picture will be taken.

Vascular Treatment Cost

Cost of the treatment will depend on the area to treat.

Treatment Capillary Treatment Cost
One spot $60
Nose or Cheeks $130
Full face  $199

Side Effects

Side effects associated with the broken capillary laser treatment include pain at the time of treatment, which is often described as like a snap of a rubber band. Patients may experience redness or sometimes swelling following treatment. Blood in some larger capillaries may appear brown and dark for a few days before being reabsorbed by the body

How to Prevent your capillaries to become "Broken"

  1. Always wearing sunscreen is the best way to prevent broken capillaries, especially in areas where you are prone to broken capillaries. Using sunscreen, especially one with zinc or one that reflects UV rays, are the most effective way to stop broken capillaries from forming.
  2. Nutritional supplements. Vitamin C, vitamin K, alfalfa, coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, inositol hexaphosphate, grape seed extract, black walnut and comfrey may be helpful nutritional supplements in treating your broken capillaries and increase elasticity of the blood vessels.
  3. Zinc may be the most important mineral in helping enlarged/broken capillaries. Unsightly capillaries, along with rosacea, redness and skin rashes, is often a sign of zinc deficiency. Zinc both repairs the skin and reduces inflammation. Bioflavonoids strengthen capillary walls
  4. Be careful of harsh cleansers. Red Alert Cleanser is the most gentle one available and it helps build resistance in capillary walls. Topical blood vessel walls strengtheners such as serums from Medik8 CE or C-tetra as well as Red Alert Serum are of paramount importance and not only cure but prevent the condition

Broken capillaries on your face can be unattractive and cause you to become self-conscious. Don't experiment with face creams promising to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries. The best available option today is laser/IPL treatments performed by experienced operator.



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