Many people are surprised to find their once-clear skin disrupted by spider-like veins on their cheeks or around their nose. Broken capillaries or red spots 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 or a radiofrequency device. 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 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 practitioner will put goggles on you to protect your eyes before turning on the device.
1-5 or more 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 therapist from The Manse. Do not use acid or antiaging face products for 2 weeks after treatment. Our practitioners 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. Typically somewhere between 1-5 treatments may be necessary.
100% removal may not be possible, and regular retreatment may be required.
Follow-Up Treatment Schedule
For the initial series of treatments (typically 1-5 or more) should be done approximately every 3 weeks.
Maintenance treatment should be performed every 6 months
Facial redness nearly always occurs after treatment and mostly will 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 therapists administer laser treatments for people at risk of PIH differently to prevent this condition from occurring.
Other potential side effects include:
Redness: Facial redness nearly always occurs after treatment and mostly will resolve within a few days but may last for months.
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 the clinic.
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.
Red Spot Removal with Laser
Angiomas, campbell de morgan spots thread veins or other red spot removal is performed with one of our vascular lasers, our hyfrecator or a radiofrequency device.
Procedure For Red Spot Removal Laser
Patient is to arrive with no makeup and no history of use of self tan/ spray tan for at least 2 weeks.
The therapist will take a history:
- skin type and tanning
- previous treatments and their success, complications etc
- discussion of desired outcome
- Assess risk of PIH
Therapist will examine the patient
If the patient is Fitzpatrick 1-2 (fair skinned) then they may be able to go ahead with the laser treatment on the day. If they are darker skin toned or at risk for PIH (Post inflammatory Pigmentation) then they may be advised to use topical lightening agents for several weeks prior to treatment. These topical agents are sold at our clinic.
Photographs will be taken
There is opportunity to ask the doctor questions about the procedure
Consent form will be given to the patient with a discussion of risks, benefits, pros and cons of the treatment. If the patient signs the consent form, the procedure will go ahead.
The appointment is 30 minutes
The patient will lay on the treatment bed
All makeup will be cleansed off the face.
Goggles will be worn by the patient to protect the eyes
Clear ultrasound gel may be applied to the areas to be treated.
The device will be used on each individual spot, multiple pulses may be required. The procedure is not painless, but most patients tolerate it very well. Numbing cream is not usually used
After the treatment, if used, the ultrasound gel is gently cleaned off the skin.
Immediately after the treatment
A sunburn-like feeling is common after treatment. This is normal
Sunscreen or makeup may be applied immediately after the treatment to the treated area.
The patient may purchase a soothing gel for post laser care.
What you should see on the skin after the treatment
Day 1 after red spot removal laser there may be redness in the treated area and darkening of the red spot, it may be purple or grey, or it may be gone completely.
Over the next few days the redness will reduce and the red spot may turn into a fine scab in the shape of the original spot. At approx day 7-14 days the “scab” will start to lift/ crumble revealing beautiful fresh skin underneath, or there may still be some of the lesion still apparent. If the lesion is still visible, you will need to have a second treatment
At home care after vascular laser
The sunburn-like feeling will last several hours and then nearly disappear.
Sun should be avoided. Be aware that while driving one is exposed to the sun
Sunscreen should be applied every morning and reapplied as often as is practical
A hat should be worn.
Soothing gel may be purchased from the clinic and used twice daily.
Do not use acid or antiaging face products for 2 weeks after treatment.
Do not pick the area if there is a scab
Please contact the clinic if there is any blistering after the treatment. This is not normal and means that the power was too high. This requires treatment.
If you are at risk of PIH, the therapist may have recommended for you to purchase some topicals to prevent pigmentation and reduce the inflammation and lower your risk of PIH.
- Facial Redness: nearly always occurs, should resolve within a few days
- Facial Swelling: this can occur especially in the under eye area is treated. This should resolve within the week.
- PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) ie the laser can cause areas of brown pigmentation due to inflammation and the patient’s susceptibility to this. It is less common in the lighter skin tones. Patients who are at risk for PIH are treated very differently to those who aren’t. Prevention is important, ie lightening is important, and steroids may be necessary after the treatment.
- Blistering: This is uncommon. If this occurs, the patient needs to call the doctor urgently
- Infection: The patient may notice a combination of the following: redness, tenderness, swelling, pain and pus. This needs to be treated urgently. The doctor must be contacted immediately
- Hypopigmentation/scarring: This is very uncommon, but possible if too high powers are used.
- Recurrence of removed red spots: This is rare, but if one is genetically predisposed to getting red spots, then it is likely that more will grow and regular treatment will be required
Cost of Red Spot Removal Laser
Please see our price page for all laser pricing