Capillaries are the tiny blood vessels throughout the body that connect arteries to veins. Capillaries play an important role in carrying oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Due to their small size, capillaries aren't as hardy as arteries and veins. This makes them susceptible to breaking, often as a result of trauma or certain medical conditions. There is a complex network of capillaries responsible for carrying a rich blood supply to your skin on your face. Unfortunately, facial capillaries can break as a result of:
Unlike some other dermatological conditions, broken capillaries are quite easy to identify and diagnose. Like spider veins, broken facial capillaries appear as dark, red lines underneath the skin. In some cases, you can even see how the capillaries branch off underneath your skin. Broken facial capillaries may also "disappear" or lighten in color when pressure is applied to the area. They quickly become visible again after the pressure is removed and blood flow returns to the area.
Dr. Schultz will carefully examine your skin and have an in-depth conversation about your health history and concerns. Depending on the cause of your broken capillaries, he will recommend a treatment that will remove broken facial capillaries. While "removing" a broken capillary may sound invasive – it isn't! The most common treatments used to remove a facial capillary that has burst include:
Dr. Schultz understands that broken facial capillaries are a frustrating problem. While broken capillaries may not be a major medical concern, many patients report feeling most confident when they do not have to worry about visible veins. Due to their dark color, broken facial capillaries may also be difficult to hide with makeup. Before recommending a treatment, Dr. Schultz will carefully examine your skin and discuss the cause of the broken capillary. If time or topical creams would not be strong enough to remove the broken capillaries, he may recommend a laser treatment or sclerotherapy.
During your appointment, Dr. Schultz will carefully examine your skin. Depending on the cause of your broken capillary, he may recommend giving your body more time to heal or that you try a topical cream at home. When a patient is a good candidate for a laser treatment or sclerotherapy, they will first receive information about what to expect during their procedure, how the healing process works, and what results to expect. Then, their skin will be thoroughly cleaned and prepped for the laser or injection needed to remove the broken capillary.
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