About Removal of Facial Broken Capillaries

Q: What can be treated with Electro Coagulation?

A: Many people have facial veins (broken capillaries) on the cheeks, around and under the nose,under the eyes, and forehead that are easily and effectively treated with EC. Small cherry spots (hemangiomas) can also be treated anywhere on the body. If you are diagnosed with Actinic Keratosis by your Dermatologist, EC is an effective alternative treatment.


Q: How long is my treatment?

A: The treatment may take 15 to 45 minutes depending on the extent of area treated.


Q: How many treatments do I need?

A: Two to four treatments may be necessary to attempt to satisfy the patient's desire for permanency and achieve treatment goals. Follow up appointments are recommended after two weeks.


Q: Does it hurt?

A: The pain is very minimal. We use topical anesthetics to aid in reducing the amount of pain experienced during the procedure.


Q: What happens after my treatment?

A: The treated area will have surrounding redness for up to 24 hours. The treated vessels may appear a bit darker and take about two weeks to fade. Areas may be covered with makeup after 1 day. Also, there will likely be a very small scab or crusted area which is very superficial and will fall off within one week. You will be asked to apply a topical antibiotic three times a day for 2 days.


Q: What are the risks of EC?

A: There is the possibility that side effects or complications not presently known, recognized, described to you now or understood may develop now or in the future. If we could anticipate problems in advance, of course, we would not perform the procedures. However, a number of side effects, risks, and complications can occasionally be seen. These include, but are not limited to:


  • Itching, during treatment
  • Pain, tingling, or feeling of numbness during treatment
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Crusting/scab formation
  • Infection, very uncommon
  • Bruising
  • Skin color changes lighter or darker (hypo or hyperpigmentation) (Patients with darker skin types are at higher risk for hyperpigmentation)
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