Many people are surprised to find their once-clear skin disrupted by spider-like veins on their cheeks or around their nose. Broken capillaries may catch you off-guard, but we can remove them using vascular laser treatments or IPL procedures at our Sydney cosmetic clinic.
What Treatments Remove Broken Capillaries?
The Manse Clinic uses Laser Genesis™ or intense pulsed light (IPL), or a vascular laser, e.g., the Excel V laser. Laser Genesis gently heats the skin’s upper layer and can specifically target the broken capillaries that cause redness. The heat from the treatment seals off the vessel. Laser Genesis also shrinks pores and helps stimulate the production of more collagen, helping you achieve an overall healthier-looking complexion.
How Is Laser Capillary Removal Performed?
At our Sydney cosmetic clinic, we create a customized treatment plan after consulting with patients. You should come to your consultation without makeup and not having used a sunless tanning product during the previous 2 weeks. The Cosmetic Doctor or therapist you meet with will take a thorough medical history including a discussion about the following issues:
- Skin type and tanning
- Previous treatments and their success or complications
- Desired outcomes
- Risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
Our preference is to prepare the skin for all patients prior to any energy-based device treatment, but most fair-skinned patients (Fitzpatrick skin type 1 or 2) can have the treatment on the same day as the consultation. Patients with slightly darker skin may be able to go ahead with the treatment, but patients with darker skin tones or who have a higher risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation may be advised to use topical lightening agents for several weeks before scheduling a treatment. We sell these topical treatments at The Manse Clinic.
You should plan for the appointment to take 30 minutes, but the treatment itself usually takes only about 15 minutes. During the procedure, you’ll lay down and have your face thoroughly cleansed. With laser or IPL, the provider will put goggles on you to protect your eyes before turning on the device.
One to 3 treatments are usually needed, scheduled at least 3 weeks apart, to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries. The procedure itself involves little discomfort and few patients need a topical anaesthetic before undergoing the laser treatment.
After Treatment Care
Patients often feel a sensation similar to being sunburned immediately after the laser, IPL, or radiofrequency treatment. Redness and raised areas where the laser was used are common side effects. We recommend applying sunscreen immediately after the treatment. You can also use makeup. The feeling of a sunburn may last several hours before disappearing but may be felt again after showering. Avoid direct sun exposure and be aware that your face can be exposed to the sun while driving.
You can use a soothing gel twice daily if needed and recommended by your doctor or therapist from The Manse. Do not use acid or antiaging face products for 2 weeks after treatment. Our doctors provide detailed instructions for post-treatment care and encourage patients to contact our clinic if they have any questions or concerns.
When Will I See Results?
The capillaries may disappear immediately after treatment or fine, vein-like “scabs” may appear and then lift off or crumble away. You should avoid picking at the skin. Patients normally see complete results about 3 weeks after the procedure.
Follow-Up Treatment Schedule
- Treatment 2 will be at a minimum of 3 weeks after treatment 1.
- Treatment 2 will proceed exactly as treatment 1, except a higher setting may be used.
- Treatment 3 will be at a minimum of 3 weeks after treatment 2.
- Treatment 3 will proceed exactly as treatment 2, except a higher setting may be used.
- Facial Redness: nearly always occurs, should resolve within a few days
What Are Side Effects of Laser Treatment for Broken Capillaries?
Expect redness and swelling that will resolve on its own within the week. Some patients see discoloration (called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or PIH), although it’s less in for people with lighter skin tones. Our doctors administer laser treatments for people at risk of PIH differently to prevent this condition from occurring.
Other potential side effects include:
Blistering: This is very uncommon. If this occurs, the patient needs to call the doctor urgently.
Infection: The patient may notice redness, tenderness, swelling, pain, and pus. Urgent treatment is needed, and you should immediately contact a doctor.
Hypopigmentation/scarring: This is very uncommon, but possible if the laser setting used is too high.
Recurrence of capillaries after removal: This will always occur with patients who are prone to capillaries. We recommend a top-up treatment at least every 1 to 2 years.
Get in Touch
Our Paddington cosmetic clinic serves patients from the Eastern Suburbs to Bondi and throughout the Greater Sydney area. You can book online, or call us at 02 9331 5005 to schedule your appointment.