Broken blood vessels (or dilated capillaries) are visible enlarged blood vessels that appear on the face and other body parts. They are fine, red, purple, pink thread-like veins commonly located on the nose, cheeks, and chin. When a large number of capillaries are clustered together they may have the appearance of a red patch or a bruise that never disappears.
People who are commonly affected by rosacea and broken blood vessels are fair in skin complexion. Other factors that may worsen facial redness and broken facial blood vessels (capillaries) include trauma, older age, genetics, hormones, and harsh environmental conditions like sun and wind.
Rosacea patients are a unique group of people predisposed to redness and broken blood vessels. Their diagnosis is usually made between the ages of 30-50 years of age. The exact cause of rosacea is not yet known, but it definitely runs in families. Rosacea patients may also have an acne component to their face. However, unlike traditional acne, acne rosacea patients do not have open comedones (blackheads).
Frederick Dermatology Associates use two devices to eliminate unwanted blood vessels and tone down the redness of rosacea-The Cynergy Pulsed Dye/Nd:Yag Laser and The Lumenis M22 IPL.
Other vascular lesions we treat include:
- Port wine stains or vascular malformations
- Superficial hemangiomas
- Cherry angiomas
- Poikiloderma of Civatte (a common sign of chronic sun damage on the side of one’s neck)
The Cynergy and the M22′s energy emitted is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin contained within the blood vessels, thus minimizing the thermal or heat damage to the other surrounding structures.
The M22 is an IPL or intense pulsed light therapy that uses non-invasive and non-ablative treatment that uses high intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of vascular lesions. However, unlike the Cynergy Pulsed Dye Laser which only treats vascular lesions, the M22 may also treat freckles, age marks, facial lines and wrinkles, and removal of unwanted dark hair. The other name for an IPL photorejuvenation treatment is a photofacial. The broad spectrum of light emitted is the reason you may see improvement with these other skin issues. The team at Frederick Dermatology Associates can individualize a treatment with the two devices if you have more then broken blood vessels that you are trying to treat.
How do I know which Treatment is best for my Redness and Broken Facial Blood Vessels?
When you have an evaluation by a laser specialist at Frederick Dermatology, they will be able to define your current skin issues and create an individualized treatment plan with one or both devices. The knowledge of your provider is crucial to success. Correct settings must be used to achieve clearance. Furthermore, at Frederick Dermatology Associates, we have invested in the best state-of-the-art equipment. Not all devices are created equal.
How much pain and down time Should I Expect from the Treatment of my Broken Blood Vessels?
Mild to moderate redness and swelling occurs for a few hours. There is minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. Ice to the treated area should be applied on and off for the hour after your procedure to minimize these normal side effects. Bruising can occur about 10% of the time. If this occurs, like any bruise, it will talk about a week to resolve. It is fine to cover the bruise with make up. For the most part,the treatment is very well tolerated and has little to no downtime.
How many Treatments will I Require?
It usually takes 3-5 treatments to see good improvement with facial redness and broken capillaries. It is important that you are not tanning during your treatments. This will allow your provider to optimize settings at each visit to maximize your end results.
What will the Treatments cost?
Depending on the extent of the problem, costs range from 500-1200 dollars. If the vascular irregularity is very small and discrete, sometimes an old-fashioned technique can be used with electrodessication. If this is the case, costs could be as low as 150 dollars.
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