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All over your face, a complicated network of blood vessels works to bring oxygenated blood to the surface of your skin. These vessels are tiny, often only visible through a microscope. Facial capillaries are much, much smaller than the veins you see in your arms, but they have the important job of keeping your skin healthy. Broken facial capillaries can be a normal response to sudden pressure changes, such as during a sneezing or coughing fit. However, these broken capillaries don't always heal and can become a permanent feature of your face without medical intervention. While broken facial capillaries may not indicate a serious medical problem, many of Dr. Schultz's patients schedule appointments to remove these frustrating blemishes. Through laser technology, Dr. Schultz can remove broken facial capillaries non-invasively to reveal clear skin.

Since capillaries are so small and delicate, they are prone to bursting and breaking as a result of:

  • Sneezing: the sudden change in pressure from a sneeze can be enough to break your small facial capillaries.
  • Coughing: coughing fits can cause facial capillaries to break, especially on the face and within the eyes. an
  • Vomiting: another common cause of broken facial capillaries, vomiting causes a change in pressure within the body that can break these delicate blood vessels.
  • Trauma: when you experience trauma, such as a hit or laceration, it's possible that the capillaries in the area may burst and become visible. When facial capillaries break due to trauma, it is possible for bruising and swelling to also be present.
  • Pregnancy: hormonal changes in a woman's body are normal during pregnancy. Women may experience spider veins and broken facial capillaries throughout their pregnancy. Thankfully, these broken facial capillaries typically heal on their own after delivery.
  • Rosacea: a common skin condition that causes facial capillaries to dilate, most commonly across the cheeks and nose. Depending on the severity of the rosacea, these small capillaries may burst and become visible.
  • Family History: while the exact reason is unknown, people with a family history of broken facial capillaries are more likely to experience this condition as well.

Laser technology is one of the most important dermatological innovations. Dr. Schultz has offered patients access to top-tier laser therapies for over 20 years in the comfort of his modern, Upper East Side office. While using a "laser" to remove broken facial capillaries may sound scary, it's an easy procedure! These lasers are designed to be skin-safe and don't damage the surrounding tissue. Park Avenue Skin Care has several lasers available to remove broken facial capillaries. These laser treatments remove capillaries through targeted heat that causes the capillary to break down and disappear. Once removed with a laser treatment, these visible capillaries cannot return – though other capillaries in the area may break in the future due to sneezing and other circumstances. If you have other skin concerns, Dr. Schultz may recommend a laser that can reduce the appearance of redness or hyperpigmentation in addition to removing the broken capillaries.

Laser removal of broken facial capillaries is a popular treatment because it is effective and requires no downtime. This minimally invasive procedure is mostly painless, with most patients describing the sensation as a rubber band snapping against their skin. After the procedure, some redness or swelling may be present. These symptoms, however, tend to resolve quickly and patients do not need to take time off work to recover at home.

With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Schultz understands the importance of clear, beautiful skin. Broken facial capillaries may be small in size, but they can cause massive frustration to the men and women living with them or struggling to cover them up with makeup. Once you arrive at Park Avenue Skin Care, a comfortable office located in the Upper East Side, you'll meet with Dr. Schultz. During your appointment, Dr. Schultz will carefully examine your skin and discuss your history, concerns, and goals with you. Then, he will recommend which laser treatment would be best for you. Throughout the procedure, you'll be kept comfortable and informed about each step of the process. Each session should only take between 5 and 20 minutes, making the removal of broken facial capillaries easy to fit into a busy schedule.

Laser treatments require the skin to be carefully cleaned and prepped. While many patients report that laser treatments feel like a rubber band snapping against their skin, your comfort is our priority. Dr. Schultz will discuss possible options for numbing if you have concerns about your comfort. The average broken facial capillary session takes under 30 minutes, and during this time you will be reclining in a comfortable chair while your Park Avenue Skin Care expert works. Following your procedure, you'll be informed about how to best care for your skin moving forward.

Patient Reviews

I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!

- Laura B.

Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! Dr. Schultz helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!

- Laura M.

Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with Dr. Schultz, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and Dr. Schultz understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.

- Kelly D.

My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.

- Ellen R.

In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. Dr. Schultz and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.

- Deanna P.

Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, Dr. Schultz recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Schultz to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.

- Sherry G.

I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. Dr. Schultz is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of Dr. Schultz and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that Dr. Schultz gives.

- Katrina A.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do laser treatments hurt?

    Most people describe the sensation of a laser treatment as a rubber Read More

  • Is it dangerous to remove broken facial capillaries?

    No, laser removal of broken facial capillaries is a safe procedure to Read More

  • How long do the results last?

    Once removed through a laser treatment, broken facial capillaries do not reappear.

  • Do the laser treatments only target broken capillaries?

    It depends. Some lasers will only work to remove broken facial capillaries, Read More

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