A broken capillary can be described as a type of vascular lesion. They are usually relatively small and appear on the face near the nose, cheeks, upper lip and above the mouth. They can also appear on other parts of the body such as ears and neck. You may experience an increased flow of blood to the affected area. This can result in redness and swelling.
Broken capillaries are difficult to treat with over the counter medications and creams, and trying to cover them up, can prove frustrating. If you would like to permanently get rid of your broken capillaries request a consultation today with Dr. Tantawi. He is board certified and specializes in surgery and cosmetic surgery and will get you the results you desire.
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What Causes Broken Capillaries?
Factors that may lead to broken capillaries include:
Genetic predisposition – if other family members suffer from them then you are more likely to develop them yours
Sunburn – exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun, which can cause DNA damage to your skin cells, contributes to broken capillary development. Sun protection may help prevent them from appearing or becoming more severe
Alcohol consumption – excessive consumption over time may contribute to damaged blood vessels and broken capillaries. Cutting back on alcohol consumption may help to improve your skin.
Stress – the body’s response to stress results in a rise of blood pressure and heart rate, which can cause broken capillaries near the surface of your skin
Hot water – using very hot water when taking a shower or bath may contribute to broken capillary development, because it dilates your blood vessels and reduces the structural strength of your skin
Poor lifestyle habits- smoking, taking drugs or medication can weaken blood vessels and increase their fragility. This is especially the case when they are combined with other environmental factors like sunburn and stress
Diet – a vitamin B deficiency may contribute to the development of broken capillaries. A poor diet, especially one lacking in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, is also thought to have an impact on your chance of developing this condition
Seasonal allergies – if you are prone to hay fever or other seasonal allergies, this can give you a lower resistance to the cold and result in broken capillaries
Medical conditions – certain medical conditions may contribute to the development of broken capillaries on your face, including rosacea or dermatitis. This is because both these conditions are characterized by inflammation which weakens blood vessels .
Treatments for Broken Capillaries
The two treatments that give the best results for broken capillaries are:
Fotona Laser Treatment
Dr. Tantawi uses the long-pulse Nd:YAG laser because it offers the perfect solution for treating vascular lesions. Fotona’s long-pulse Nd:YAG lasers can penetrate to a depth of 5-6 mm into the skin, allowing for highly effective treatments. The light in the laser produces energy which is targeted to the blood in the vein. It heats the vein walls and destroys them. It also targets the system that feeds the vein which ensures long term results in the treatment. The body’s immune system clears away the dead tissue.
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light, is a gentle non-invasive treatment that requires little downtime. It works by sending light through the skin to target red, or darker colors in and underneath the skin, without harming the surrounding skin. Because it is gentle, it may take several sessions to permanently remove broken capillaries.
The Fotona Laser and IPL Photofacial can also treat the following conditions:
- Sun damage
- Age spots
If broken capillaries are bothering you or you’re tired of trying to cover them up, call us at Beauty Refined today or request a consultation online. Treatment is fast, non-invasive and there is no downtime.