Broken capillaries are bothersome for millions of men and women, especially when they appear on the face. These lesions are actually tiny blood vessels that have burst under the skin and they typically do not go away on their own. While they may respond to certain topical retinoids, it is best to treat broken capillaries with intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. We offer several types of IPL treatments that can help reduce the appearance of broken capillaries.
Causes of Broken Capillaries
Before diving into treatments for broken capillaries, it is important to understand what causes broken capillaries and how they are formed. Broken capillaries are extremely common in men and women and it is difficult to pinpoint their exact cause for every individual. While some people are more genetically predisposed to developing broken capillaries than others, we know there are several triggers for broken capillaries including:
- Sun exposure
- Changes in weather
- Changes in pressure
- Environmental irritants
- Alcohol consumption
Broken blood vessels, also referred to as broken capillaries, telangiectasia or “spider veins,” occur when blood vessels are dilated just beneath the skin’s surface. This results in small, red lines that spread out into a web-shaped form. Broken capillaries are harmless but can definitely be bothersome for men and women who would prefer to have a clearer complexion.
Light Therapy for Treating Broken Capillaries
Recent innovations in intense pulsed light (IPL) technologies allow for the treatment of broken capillaries. Light therapy is an ideal treatment for broken capillaries because it triggers new collagen growth beneath the skin’s surface. Ablative laser treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and other treatments target and remove the topmost layer of the skin and are highly irritating which can actually cause broken capillaries. Unlike these treatments, light therapy bypasses the skin’s surface. This allows the light wavelengths to reach just beneath the skin’s surface to target broken capillaries.
Best Types of Light Therapy for Broken Capillaries
At Harmony Healing, we have assembled a variety of light therapy options so that our patients can benefit from a combination approach to removing broken capillaries. Since a series of light therapy treatments usually creates the best, most long-lasting results, incorporating an assortment of therapies into your personalized treatment plan is recommended. We have seen dramatic results from combinations of the following light therapy treatments for broken capillaries:
BroadBand Light (BBL™)
BBL™ is an innovative form of IPL that uses broad-range wavelengths to send photothermal energy beneath the skin’s surface. The heat stimulates new cell growth under the skin which encourages the skin to repair itself for a more balanced complexion and even tone. Since BBL™ is non-invasive and non-ablative (meaning it does not remove the top layer of skin), it is perfectly suited for sensitive skin that is prone to developing broken capillaries.
Forever Young™ is a new technology that uniquely delivers light therapy targeting common signs of aging sun damage including redness, small vessels, age spots, freckles and more. Forever Young™ treatments involve making multiple passes across the skin’s surface with a light-emitting handpiece. Each pass addresses different issues:
- The first pass addresses the overall appearance of the skin
- The second pass addresses any small visible vessels, capillaries, spider veins or flushing
- The third pass corrects pigmented lesions and other pigmentation issues.
Photorejuvenation uses IPL to improve the appearance of vascularity and to treat broken capillaries. It also stimulates new cell growth beneath the skin’s surface to reduce the appearance of redness caused by broken capillaries. Additionally, photorejuvenation can reduce pore size, fine wrinkles and improve skin texture.
If you are bothered by your broken capillaries and are interested in learning more about light therapy, schedule an appointment today by calling 575.639.9305.