Rejuve Medical

Broken Capillaries Treatment

Ever wonder what those tiny red threads around your nose or cheeks are? They are broken capillaries. A capillary is the smallest type of blood vessel in the body. Broken Capillaries are enlarged blood vessels that have widened due to a weakness in the vein wall or because of a faulty valve. Furthermore, the walls of the vessels can leak, turning the skin visibly red. Broken capillaries on your face can be unattractive and are difficult to conceal. There are many reasons why we get them.  

Primary causes of broken capillaries:

  • increasing age
  • rosacea
  • hereditary
  • hormonal fluctuations (puberty, pregnancy, menopause)
  • pregnancy (increase in the amount of blood in the body, causing vein enlargement)
  • obesity
  • leg injury – including prolonged standing
  • fluctuations in temperature
  • UVA sun damage
  • Spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol can exacerbate the look of broken capillaries since they can typically increase blood circulation in the face
  • reactions from foods such as gluten and dairy

In the past, there have been many skin products touted to improve these unsightly blood vessels. Some have improved the redness but they have never made the blood vessels disappear. At Rejuvé, we find the IPL (Intense Pulse Light) to be the most effective/best treatment to treat the unsightly broken capillary. For the first time, these blood vessels/broken capillaries can disappear with the IPL near you.

The IPL targets the red pigments found in the hemoglobin, which is the molecule that carries oxygen found in all red blood cells. These red pigments absorb the light energy much more intensely then the surrounding skin thereby converting the light energy into heat. This heat shrinks the blood vessels until they disappear. Normally, 2-6 IPL treatments are required every 2 weeks. Each treatment takes 20-30 minutes. With the IPL, there is minimal to no discomfort and there is no downtime.

After your treatments, we do recommend a daily skin regimen as an adjunctive therapy to improve the skin’s elasticity and to prevent further broken capillaries. At Rejuvé, we offer the latest and most advanced skin care products. We recommend in the morning, applying a topical vitamin C serum or cream combined with a true broad spectrum sunscreen, and at night, using a topical retinoid if tolerated or GHK cream which is peptide that helps heal the skin. We will provide specific and proper instructions on all of these products since adverse reactions can occur when used incorrectly. It is important to start as early as possible to prevent and minimize any further unwanted red developments. Please contact us here or call us at 408-740-5320 to schedule a complimentary consultation. At Rejuvé, we are proud to offer the IPL laser cosmetic treatments to the San Jose Bay Area serving the greater Bay Area CA such as San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Aptos, and the local communities of Saratoga, Los Gatos, Campbell, Cupertino, Milpitas, and Morgan Hill.