‘Broken Capillaries’ is a common term used to describe facial capillaries that become visible at the surface of the skin. They commonly occur on the side of the nose, cheek and chin. Broken blood vessels also occur on other areas of the body including the neck and decolletage. Broken capillaries that occur anywhere on face and body can be treated.
What Are Broken Capillaries?
Broken capillaries are not actually broken simply superficial capillaries that become visible because of damage to collagen, elastin in dermis and blood vessel walls. This damage is predominantly caused by sun exposure and in Brisbane, our high UV places us at risk of developing facial capillaries and redness, broken blood vessels on the decolletage.
What Makes You Prone To Facial Capillaries?
- Having fair skin.
- Sun exposure.
- Hormones of pregnancy and the pill.
- Trauma to the skin.
Broken Capillaries Treatment
IPL an be used to treat facial capillaries on broken blood vessels on the nec and decolletage. It can be used in other body parts but is not suitable for treating broken capillaries on legs (spider veins).
IPL is best for treating diffuse redness from facial capillaries, of isolated broken capillaries up to 1mm. Vascular lasers, diathermy or injections may be employed depending for larger broken bloods vessel.
Broken Capillaries Treatment – Laser vs IPL
IPL uses a broad spectrum of visible light while lasers use a single wavelength of light. This means IPL is suited to treat combinations of sun damage problems. Diffuse redness, broken capillaries and pigmentation are treated simultaneously.
Lasers are more precise but less versatile and more appropriate for larger isolated capillaries, especially larger capillaries and veins around the nose. Combinations of treatments can be used. With Cutera IPL you will see a reduction in redness after 1-3 treatments. The number of treatments varies according to the underlying cause and severity.
Intense Pulsed light treatment can be effective to treat facial capillaries. We use the Cutera Limelight IPL for diffuse redness, rosacea, fine facial capillaries as well as isolated capillaries up to about 2 mm thickness.
Treatment of redness from rosacea.
Redness caused by rosacea can be treated with IPL. It calms the red inflamed minimising redness by shutting down the surface capillaries. However, to treat the inflammation and slow the progression there is a new rosacea treatment called Kleresca.
Nose veins, Spider Veins are common terms used to describe thin surface vessels that become visible at the side of the nose but can affect the entire nose, cheeks and chin.
Treatment Of Nose Veins With Intense Pulsed Light.
Spider veins around the nose tend to appear as faint lines that streak onto the cheek whereas veins on the nose tend to be more like a web giving the nose a diffuse red appearance. Intense Pulsed light treatment can be effective to treat these vessels.
We have a Cutera IPL system that is effective for treating nose veins up to 2mm, diffuse redness, facial capillaries and rosacea.