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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do laser treatments hurt?

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  • 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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