Laser treatment to remove spidery, reddish blemishes.
When fine, red blood vessels become visible beneath the skin, they are referred to as Broken Capillaries, Spider Veins or Telangiectasia. Anything that heats up the body such as drinking alcohol, hot showers or eating spicy foods can cause them to flush as the heat increases the blood flow through the vessels.
The capillaries are not actually broken. Damage causes them to loop upwards to the skin’s surface then back down into deeper skin layers, creating the unsightly redness. Exposure to sun, wind and cold can trigger the condition, causing segments of the blood vessel to become visible on the skin’s surface.
Broken Capillaries can be hereditary and are more common in people with fair complexions. They commonly occur on the cheeks and nose but can be visible on the chin and sides of the face.
We use medical grade Vascular lasers to target the affected blood vessels and effectively remove them. For most Broken Capillaries, we use the Excel V laser to expose each vessel to a concentrated light beam. This heats the red blood cells in the vessels, sealing them off, and eventually destroying them.
The skin that covers the vessels is exposed to very little heat and is not damaged or affected.
A few days after treatment, the broken capillaries can darken and resemble small cat scratches, and these may last for several days. A breathable make-up such as LYCOGEL can be used to conceal them.
The number of treatments will vary with the severity of the condition, but Broken Capillaries typically respond well to one or two treatments with each Excel V laser treatment costing around $350. Medicare regards the laser treatment of Broken Capillaries as a cosmetic procedure, so there is no Medicare rebate.
Avoid excessive sun exposure for two weeks before treatment, and remove all make-up before your session.
A cold pack is applied after treatment to bring down redness from the laser. The skin will feel like a mild sunburn for a few hours afterwards. Direct sun exposure should be avoided for the first 48 hours. Sleeping with a couple of extra pillows for the first two nights can help reduce the chance of swelling. Using sunblock and protecting the skin from wind and the cold will slow the rate of new capillaries developing.
Before and after images are presented purely as a reference point of the results that can be achieved. Everyone is unique and outcomes will vary and realistic expectations need to be discussed on a case by case basis.
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