Enlarged Blood Vessels, “Broken” Capillaries


  • Are dilated blood vessels that occur in areas of sun damage
    • Are especially common on the cheeks and around the nose
  • Another type of blood vessel “cherry hemangiomas” may develop anywhere on the body as the skin matures
  • Are NOT cancerous and NEVER develop into a skin cancer
  • Appear as bright or deep red fine lines
    • Cherry hemangiomas n the body they appear as bright red, round 2 mm to 5 mm flat marks or dome-shaped bumps
  • May be caused by hormones or sun damage
  • May get gradually larger and increase in number with time
  • Do not disappear spontaneously
  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

    What is Intense Pulsed Light?

    How Does it Work?

    • A highly advanced computer regulates the light pulse to a specific wavelength range
      • This in turn heats a portion of the skin
      • This removes the unwanted tissue or pigment
      • It spares or avoids the surrounding healthy or “normal” tissue
    • The penetration depth and degree of heat is highly controlled to minimize complications
    • With IPL  fotofacial rejuvenation, the light pulses are directed at, and improves:
      • Brown freckling
      • Enlarged pores
      • Sun damage
      • Skin collagen
      • Redness caused by broken capillaries
    • All of these lead to smoother, younger looking skin and reduced redness at the same time
    • There is no cream at this time that will remove telangiectasia
    • The IPL treatments ‘sting’ and the area treated may remain pink for 1 to 2 hours
    • The treatment may some swelling or bruising
      • This is normal
    • You may bathe normally after an IPL treatment
    • A bandage is not necessary
    • Treatment of telangiectasia is not covered by OHIP or private health insurance
    • There is a small risk that the treatment may produce permanent white marks (scars)

    How can you prevent Telangiectasia?

    • Wear a hat with a broad brim
    • Wear protective clothing (e.g. long sleeves)
    • Avoid the outdoors when the sun is strongest between the hours of 10 am to 3 pm
    • Use a sunscreen year round with an SPF of at least 30
    • Wear a sunscreen which resists water and sweating
    • Use a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB
    • Reapply sunscreen every hour if you are in water or sweating heavily
    • Wear sunscreen even if you are in the shade, it is still possible to burn
    • Avoid tanning beds
    • The ultraviolet light from tanning beds causes skin cancer

Telangiectasia – Neck

Telangiectasia – Cheek

Microdermabrasion can improve the effectiveness of IPL

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