Broken Capillaries Treatment

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.

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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.

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 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.

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16 replies
  1. Zoe Moore
    Zoe Moore says:

    I have problems with broken capillaries around my nose often during the cooler months. I was hoping to find some tips on how I can stop them from reoccurring and think I may consider a laser treatment.

  2. Gail
    Gail says:

    I had a laser treatment to repair broken capillaries on my face and I was recommended the IPL laser treatment. I took a lot of time to read t reviews and recommendations but I was still sceptical as I have had problems with broken capillaries for many years and no skincare seemed to work, however by my surprise results were great. I have since added some clinical recommended skincare to my morning routine and after 1 year still no issues.

  3. Maria
    Maria says:

    I had a laser treatment on my face and a week later I have redness and red blotches on my face.. Could this be caused by broken capillaries? I have fair skin so it looks very bad, if anyone could have any advice I would greatly appreciate it.

  4. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Could anyone recommend good skincare to treat broken capillaries? I know the article said laser treatments is the best option for treatment but I am not willing to go for a treatment. Thanks in advance!

    • Skye
      Skye says:

      This is a late reply but there still might be others reading this. I’ve had broken capillaries on my nose for years but this year they’re getting rapidly worse. Likely because I’ve been having many sinus issues. I’ve tried to be gentle with them and have tried a few things.
      – Cetaphil sensitive face lotion – Didn’t work. Tingling got worse after applying it. They seem to hate anything oil based!
      – Pure aloe vera gel – Same story as the cetaphil.
      – Calamine lotion – This has worked quite well! Just don’t go expecting miracles. It dries white unfortunately so I’ve been applying it at bed time and leaving it on all night. In the morning there’s a noticeable difference. They tend to come back during the day depending on environmental factors, how much coffee I’ve had, etc but at least they start and end the day calmly which is a nice change from not being able to settle them at all. When I feel them tingling (which to me is a sign of worsening/spreading) I can put this on and it’s the only thing that helps and doesn’t make it worse. It won’t completely get rid of them so I will see a dermatologist soon. Hope this helps!

  5. Sarah Willson
    Sarah Willson says:

    I have always believed that genetics play a role in the appearance of spider veins. My mother and my grandmother both had serve skin problems including broken capillaries on their face and other parts of their bodies. I have now started noticing facial veins appearing on my face. I am very interested in finding out what broken capillaries treatment would be best suitable in removing the appearance of facial veins.

  6. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    I have never actually considered a facial laser treatment to treat broken capillaries on face. I always had the impression it would just make the conditions much worse. After reading this and the comments I feel a little more confident about undergoing a facial laser treatment to remove the facial veins I have been struggling with for many years now.

  7. Angela
    Angela says:

    I have broken broken blood vessels on my face and I was always wondering what causes them and how to go about treating broken capillaries on face. I also have broken blood vessels on my legs, I wonder if it is related to broken capillaries on my face and if one laser treatment would address both conditions.

  8. Cynthia W
    Cynthia W says:

    After my broken capillaries treatment with the IPL laser they faded away. I had a little redness on my face, around the nose area and also had broken capillaries on my chest. This caused a lot of grief for me as I was too embarrassed to ever wear a bikini or even an open shirt. I am very happy with the results of the treatment and would recommend it to anyone who has problems with broken capillaries. It is also important to take care of your skin after the treatment otherwise the redness and facial veins may return. I use a vitamin K cream and it really works wonders.

  9. Nat
    Nat says:

    Broken capillaries on nose are the most embarrassing condition one can have. I have tried using make up to cover up the redness and the sight of veins but its impossible. I will certainly be visiting a dermatologist now to learn more about these laser treatments and how to get rid of broken capillaries.

  10. Marie
    Marie says:

    Laser is the way to go if you need a facial capillaries treatment. I think you can do it on your entire body, why not? The skin is different all around, but it is technology after all, I bet they can fix anything. I had a treatment for broken capillaries on the face. My experience was quite pleasant. Oh, and I totally agree with the fact that it does take a professional to do it, so that you will be ultimately satisfied with the results and the entire process. You don’t need a doctor to make your face or your experience even worse, so be careful and opt for someone who has good ratings and reviews. You know, a doctor that will make you comfortable and really check your medical background and take a look at your skin to determine whether he should do it on your face or not. I think broken capillaries are not that big of a deal, but I bet there are cases that require medical consultations.

  11. Kristie
    Kristie says:

    Laser treatment seems like the most perfect way to treat these little things. Don’t sit at home wonder how to get rid of broken capillaries, it’s not a big deal to be thinking so hard over it. I had a couple of areas on my body, like thighs and tummy that had a couple of broken capillaries. The treatment is done primarily on the face because it is the most effective there, but I did it on all my critical places. And what are my thoughts? I’ll never ask myself how to treat broken capillaries ever again – laser is the way to go. It’s not even that bad, it’s a bit uncomfortable, but it’s not painful, and later on I was able to continue on with my life as usual…They just disappeared and I can say that for a procedure like that I would give a five star rating. It’s really great when you can enjoy in the benefits of technology to remove all the little insecurities. This was something that was making me a bit insecure, but now I’m comfortable knowing if they ever appear again, I can always have them treated with a laser.

  12. Jade Hitch
    Jade Hitch says:

    I also think that lasers are so common these days. They treat basically anything from saggy skin to cellulite. It’s also a good treatment for broken capillaries. I have them on my face, and I know that some people have them all over the body. I don’t know about that, but it worked wonders on my face. I don’t know how to call it, but the broken capillaries on face treatment really did make them go away, just fade away gently. It’s not a big medical deal, or a big beauty con, but I didn’t like them, made me look old. I do seem to get them a lot so I’m probably going back for more. But, let me tell you it’s really cool. It makes them disappear and it’s not that bad at all. Didn’t feel anything, didn’t need any meds after that either. I have to say an awesome specialist treated me, so maybe that contributed to the entire positive experience. Do take your time to research different clinics and doctors who can do this for you, it does really make a huge difference once you are actually there doing it.

  13. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    I am worried about the side effects a bit. It is a laser after all, and lasers can be harsh on your skin. I have really sensitive and soft skin, which breaks out and swells up even if I scratch it a little bit. I don’t ever tan or get out in the sun either, because I easily burn. But I somehow got these broken capillaries on the face, and then later on broken capillaries on the nose. I don’t drink alcohol or smoke, but they seemed to appear. I guess it’s genetics. I am really scared to try this out, it’s such a sensitive area. Although the reviews seem great, and people had lots of positive experiences, I’m still afraid of my skin blowing up. If someone knows a great doctor that I could consult with, let me know.

  14. Nat
    Nat says:

    I really have no idea what causes broken capillaries. I mean I didn’t but I found this article helpful, to get me less ignorant at least. I have a couple of places on my body that have these like little red veins. I’ve been letting them sit there for quite some time now, in hopes that they will go away… But, seems like broken capillaries treatment is the only way to go… Or maybe some cream perhaps? I’m really not so inclined to be zapped by lasers just because of a little vein popped out or whatever. But it does sound like a modern treatment and I bet the doctors these days are giving their all to provide top notch care. I’d like to hear some more experiences from people who have undergone this treatment. What are your thoughts about the outcome?

  15. Karla
    Karla says:

    I love this… I will definitely have to try it now. I googled how to treat broken capillaries and this came up. It seems like a promising thing. Broken capillaries treatments are not something everybody knows about and my girl friends don’t exactly talk about it over coffee. Although we do chew through every subject there is. I guess nobody really knows much about it. I’m one of those people who invest in beauty, I have tons of make up, I take care of my skin… Skin care is like religion to me, not a day goes by that I don’t take care of it, pamper it, and rejuvenate it. At least try to do it. But I do get a few blemishes from all the chemicals and a couple of broken veins on my cheeks. I don’t think anyone can notice it but I can.. There’s no surgery for that obviously, but since it’s that safe, I will definitely give it a go. I’m not scared of a little laser. Especially if it will chase away these broken capillaries that annoy me so much. In addition, those that say that it’s dangerous, well, consult your doctor and if he doesn’t give you the green light don’t do it. But it doesn’t mean that the procedure doesn’t work it just means you are not the type of person that should be getting it. I’m going for it ladies!


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