What are Broken Capillaries?

Broken capillaries, often known as spider veins, are often found on the cheeks or nose area and appear as small red or pink threads under the skin’s surface.

While these veins aren’t harmful, they can decrease your self-confidence if they are very visible or hard to conceal. Luckily, Victoria’s Cosmetic Medical Clinic offers various laser facial treatments which can effectively reduce the appearance of broken capillaries.

How does treatment for Broken Capillaries work?

The Cutera xeo vascular laser has been designed for treatment of unwanted veins in the skin using high energy light. Large areas can be treated effectively and quickly with minimal disturbance to the overlying tissue.

By exposing tissue to high energy light pulses and controlling the frequency and the intensity of the light pulse, specific tissues can be selected as targets. The high-energy light is converted into heat when it contacts the targeted tissue. Once the temperature reaches a high enough heat, the blood in the unwanted vein will coagulate, and over a period of time, the vessel will be absorbed by your body’s immune system.

What causes broken capillaries?

Some people tend to develop spider veins more than others. They don’t necessarily indicate an underlying condition, and anyone can develop them, regardless of age.

There are many causes of broken blood vessels on the face. They include:

  • Heredity and genetics. Spider veins often run in the family, and individual risk factors can increase with age.
  • Rosacea. This condition leads to redness and flushing in the face, and while it can cause broken capillaries, there are several other methods of treating rosacea, including our Kleresca Rosacea Treatments.
  • Weather changes. Hot weather can increase blood vessel dilation and cause spider veins to be visible on the skin’s surface.
  • Environmental or chemical irritants.
  • Alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption can lead to temporary flushing or redness in the face while continued excessive drinking may cause broken capillaries.
  • Injuries. Minor to significant injuries can lead to bruising. With bruises on your face, broken blood vessels may also be noticeable
  • Sun exposure. Exposure to the sun can cause damage the the vessels under the skin’s surface.