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.
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.
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:
Please arrive to your appointment without make-up.
Special eye pads will be applied to protect your eyes from the light.
Any residual makeup and oils will be wiped clean.
A layer of cold ultrasound gel will be applied to the treatment site and a small crystal will be rested on top.
Pulses of light will begin and, at the same time as the bright light, you will feel a stinging sensation similar to a rubber band flick. This sensation will be more intense in areas where the vessels are at their worst.
This will continue until the treatment area is completed.
The gel is then removed and a cool sunscreen cream is applied. If you wish, a very light coverage of Jane Iredale mineral powder or BB Cream to cover any redness may also be applied at this time.
The area will be slightly reddened. This may be covered with Jane Iredale Mineral Powder and La Roche 50+ sunscreen. You may have some puffiness of the skin especially under the eyes. This will last for 24 – 48 hours. You may have a blister or some bruising which will resolve in a few days.
These side effects do not happen in all cases, however they can happen and it is best not to organise any official functions for the first 2 – 3 days after your procedure.
It will take six weeks before we see the end result of your treatment. The result of your treatment will depend on the severity of the vessels and the sensitivity of your tissue. Quite often only one session is necessary however if further treatment is required, then there must be at least six weeks between vascular treatments.
Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the area for the first four to five days following treatment.
You are advised not to partake in vigorous exercise, have hot showers, saunas or drink alcohol for two days post-treatment as this can make the facial vessels dilate and all the good work has been undone.
Avoid the use of scrubs, masks, astringents, toner products during the first week. Gently pat the area dry after washing and avoid rubbing with your towel.
If stinging persists following treatment, application of a cool not frozen pack will help to soothe the skin quite quickly. Cool packs may also help to reduce swelling and bruising.
When using makeup, apply lightly and remove gently. If flaking of the skin occurs, avoid picking the scabs and keep the area moist by liberally applying moisturiser. Contact the Clinic if pain or stinging persists after the first two days.
Do not take aspirin or aspirin combinations for pain as this may increase the risk of bruising.
It is important to avoid exposing the treated area to the sun for six weeks after treatment and apply SPF30+ sunscreen to the area each day, wear a hat and any other necessary protective covering.
Costs will vary with areas being treated. They may range from $55.00 for a small area to $550.00 for a full face.