When you look in the mirror, do you notice networks of small, red or bluish lines under your skin? These are blood vessels, especially noticeable around the nose area, called facial capillaries. You may even see small, spider-shaped bursts of blood vessels or have dots of red color on your face and body. You’re not alone, these red dots affect millions of people. Although they may not be harmful, most of our patients would like to be rid of these little distractions and let their natural beauty shine.
What Causes Facial Capillaries?
The main cause of these red blotches is merely genetics, as they tend to run in families. Sun damage that occurred earlier in life could be a factor in the appearance of these red facial capillaries. Other causes are the same as you see for rosacea: hot spicy foods, alcohol and hot beverages, certain cheese, and different environments can be impactful. These facial capillaries are seemingly more dominant in fair skinned individuals.
What Are Some Ways Of Treating Facial Capillaries?
Once facial capillaries develop, there is no way to permanently diminish them. However, they can dissipate safely with laser treatment. The laser uses intense, pulsating beams of light that target the damaged vessels under the skin’s surface and blast them into nonexistence. Another method for treating facial capillaries is FotoFacial, which utilizes intense pulsed light and radio frequency energy to achieve results gently, and with minimal discomfort. Treatment options will depend on the nature and severity of the capillaries and spider veins of the patient.
What Type Of Laser Do You Use, And How Does It Work?
Laser Esthetica uses the DioLite pulse dye laser which is specifically designed to remove spider veins, cherry angiomas, age spots and freckles. The DioLite laser generates an intense beam of light that is absorbed by your red blood cells, destroying them and leaving healthy skin cells intact. The laser allows the specific treatment area to be targeted, making the procedure simple and straightforward.
How Many Treatments Does It Take?
Most patients need a total of two to four treatments to get the results they want, with one treatment every four to eight weeks. Most sessions only last about 10-15 minutes, occasionally longer sessions are required depending on the area of your face affected and the amount of damage to be repaired.
How Permanent Are The Results?
For people who have developed facial capillaries, most will find that new ones appear throughout their lives. By using preventative measures such as sun protection, treatment of underlying conditions like rosacea, and changing any habits that may have contributed to the initial problems you could help prevent or minimize their recurrence. However, periodic maintenance treatments once a year or so will probably be needed despite how well the procedure is performed or how carefully you protect your skin.
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