Broken Facial Capillaries: Causes and Treatments
Broken capillaries are most common on the skin of the face, where the skin is exposed to daily environmental toxins and chemicals from makeup, facial treatments, and other damaging factors. While this condition isn’t harmful, it can cause unsightly red veins to rise to the surface of the skin. There are several factors that cause broken capillaries, and anyone who experienced this problem knows that these vessels do not heal on their own. However, there are a number of treatment options available to repair these broken veins and make them less visible. If you have considered seeking medical treatment for broken capillaries, you should first be aware of their causes, how treatment may affect your skin, and whether there are any side effects that will cause long-lasting skin damage.
The Causes of Broken Capillaries
Broken capillaries have a number of causes which includes environmental and genetic factors, skin type, and even natural ageing. 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 occur when the walls of the veins that carry the blood to the skin weaken, dilate and become more visible against the surface of the skin. The walls may become weakened from rapid expansion and contraction from tobacco and alcohol use, extreme temperatures, and from excessive scrubbing with harsh chemical cleansers.
Broken capillaries are more likely to occur in those with thin or sensitive skin or in people suffering from other skin problems like rosacea or severe acne. Some doctors believe that in some cases, genetics may even play a part in the development of broken capillaries, but there are several options for treatment once they occur.
Treatments for Broken Capillaries
The most common treatment for broken capillaries is laser surgery, and as with any treatment for this problem you should first consider its potential impact on your skin. During laser treatment, light pulses are sent into the veins, which impede their blood flow and eventually destroys them. After several treatments, the affected veins collapse away from the surface of the skin, leaving it smooth and blemish-free.
While laser treatment for broken capillaries can be used on nearly any part of the body, this option is most often utilized on the face, where a highly targeted treatment approach is required. The treatment is performed on an outpatient basis, which means it does not require a hospital stay, and has a relatively quick recovery time.
During the process, those who are undergoing treatment are highly unlikely to require pain medication or local anesthesia, although some doctors may use a mild numbing agent on patients with sensitive or thin skin. The laser pulses that penetrate the skin to destroy the veins cause mild snapping sensations, but no aftercare is needed and most patients can go about their daily activities without restrictions. Not all patients experience side effects from having their broken capillaries treated, but there are several that may occur.
Broken Capillaries Treatment Before and After
Side Effects of Broken Capillaries Treatment
Depending on the type of laser used, some side effects of treating broken capillaries may include stinging or irritation during the process, redness and swelling after treatment, and in some cases, peeling or crusting of the treated skin. All of these side effects are temporary and should vanish a few weeks after treatment. There are little to no long-term effects believed to be associated with having laser treatment for broken capillaries, but if you decide that this may be an option for you, it’s best to discuss all possible outcomes and side effects with your experienced cosmetic medical clinic beforehand.
Why Choose Advanced Dermatology for your Broken Capillaries Treatment
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