Broken Capillaries Victoria BC

Treatments for Broken Capillaries, Spider Veins, Vascular Blemishes and Skin Tags

Spider veins is the common name for those clusters of superficial capillaries along the side of the nose, under the eyes, and on the neck, legs and chest that sometimes show through the skin as a dark wine red or purple colour.

Spider veins are actually just one type of a collection of vascular blemishes that are known in the medical world as telangiectasia. Other types of telangiectasia are those red dots or patches that may appear almost anywhere on the body and are sometimes known as cherry angiomas, blood dots or blood moles (in the cosmetic industry we call them couperose skin).

No-one really knows why some people are more prone to vascular blemishes than others, although genetic heredity seems to play a role. Fair skinned people usually suffer most, and olive skinned people to a lesser extent, so complexion is an important factor. Age, sun exposure, alcohol consumption, hormones and some underlying medical conditions also seem to contribute to their development. Impeded circulation and skin trauma may be other causes.

The good news is that, regardless of their origins, most vascular blemishes can be easily and permanently treated with a sophisticated form of third generation radio wave technology.

And if you are prone to spider veins and other vascular blemishes, you can prevent them from becoming any worse by getting them touched up quickly and easily just once or twice a year.

Please note that blue-showing capillaries are varicose veins and not spider veins and therefore require a different, more specialized type of treatment involving lasers and schlerotherapy injections that have to be administered by your physician.

What happens during treatment?

First, we thoroughly clean and prep the skin surface. Then we use a sterile, fine-tipped probe to pass low level RF and DC current directly on to the surface of the blemish. This causes the blood inside the blemish to clot (coagulate) and you can usually see a significant difference within just a few seconds of placing the probe.

Most blemishes disappear, or at least are significantly diminished, after just one treatment session. With the correct post-procedure care, the entire blemish may be slowly reabsorbed by the surrounding tissues over the following 3-4 weeks.

After treatment, take care not to disturb the area for at least 24 hours as this may cause the blood to flow again and so the blemish will not be absorbed. We advise that you avoid exercise, steam baths, too hot showers, tanning beds, saunas and that generally you treat your body gently for the following seven days. Usually, during the first week or so the blemish will become darker in colour until it starts to disappear. At the end of a month your blemish will probably have been totally reabsorbed. We usually treat as many vascular blemishes as we can in sessions of 15 minutes duration. After your treatment you may experience some temporary reddening of the treated area. This is to be expected and generally subsides after a few hours.

The number of sessions you will need depends on how many blemishes you have and their size and extent. Larger areas, particularly on the legs, will have to be treated in small sections so as not to cause skin aggravation. We usually start with the most prominent blemishes and gradually work our way down to the lighter coloured veins.

This procedure has been safely used for many years, and with the use of topical anesthetics, causes only mild discomfort while it is being administered.

This system in quite different to the painful hyfrecator devices used by some doctors which administer high electric currents to the skin surface, and have, in some cases, left scars.

It is also quite distinct to laser removal methods which tend again to be more painful, as well as more expensive. Lasers are however, a very effective treatment for larger and deeper vascular blemishes that prove resistant to this gentler form of therapy.

Besides spider veins and other vascular blemishes, this technology is an ideal way to remove skin tags, warts and benign moles, and to treat actinic keratosis. As described above, the treated area will usually scab over and then fall off within a week.

 Treatments for Broken Capillaries, Spider Veins, Vascular Blemishes and Skin Tags

Spider veins is the common name for those clusters of superficial capillaries along the side of the nose, under the eyes, and on the neck, legs and chest that sometimes show through the skin as a dark wine red or purple colour.

Spider veins are actually just one type of a collection of vascular blemishes that are known in the medical world as telangiectasia. Other types of telangiectasia are those red dots or patches that may appear almost anywhere on the body and are sometimes known as cherry angiomas, blood dots or blood moles (in the cosmetic industry we call them couperose skin).

No-one really knows why some people are more prone to vascular blemishes than others, although genetic heredity seems to play a role. Fair skinned people usually suffer most, and olive skinned people to a lesser extent, so complexion is an important factor. Age, sun exposure, alcohol consumption, hormones and some underlying medical conditions also seem to contribute to their development. Impeded circulation and skin trauma may be other causes.

The good news is that, regardless of their origins, most vascular blemishes can be easily and permanently treated with a sophisticated form of third generation radio wave technology.

And if you are prone to spider veins and other vascular blemishes, you can prevent them from becoming any worse by getting them touched up quickly and easily just once or twice a year.

Please note that blue-showing capillaries are varicose veins and not spider veins and therefore require a different, more specialized type of treatment involving lasers and schlerotherapy injections that have to be administered by your physician.