Broken Capillary Treatments at Caddell's Laser & Electrolysis Clinic

Lasers have revolutionized the cosmetic surgery industry and using them in the treatment of broken capillaries is just one of the areas they are the most effective.

What are Broken Capillaries?

Broken capillaries are clusters of small red or blue vessels which appear on the face and legs. They are commonly known as Spider Veins. Traditional treatments using an injection of saline or foam are very effective. Another option is the use of a long pulse Nd Yag Laser. The heat from the laser closes the vessel and the coagulated blood is absorbed in to the body. Three to four treatments are needed and best results occur if the client wears support stockings and stays away from cardio exercise for two weeks post laser.

Before and After Electrocoagulation Treatments on Lip

Before and After 3 Electrocoagulation Treatments on Forehead

Before and After 4 Laser Treatments for Vein Removal

Cherry Hemangioma Before and After Treatment

Caddell's lasers provide safe and effective non-surgical treatment options for the removal of spider veins. Our advanced laser treatments allow us to deliver a precise dosage of energy to each vein. The lasers used are generally hand held devices that are focused very shallowly into the skin to effect cosmetic changes. During treatment, light energy is delivered through a special laser hand piece to the targeted vein. In a series of brief pulses, the light energy is absorbed by the blood vessels, but not the surrounding tissue. This heat absorption causes a coagulation of the blood vessel, which is subsequently absorbed by your body. It may take several treatments to have an effect. Debbie Caddell has been treating veins since 2002 and has the knowledge of lasers to help them accomplish the removal of a broken capillary in as few treatments as possible.

Fair skinned people are more likely to get spider veins or telangiectasia than people with olive or dark complexions. Dehydrated skin as well as very sensitive skin tends to be thinner and have fewer protective layers of tissue, making this type of skin more susceptible to broken capillaries.

FAQ for Broken Capillaries

What are Spider Veins?

Spider Veins, or telangiectasias, are those small red, blue and purple blood vessels that appear most frequently on the face and thighs, although they can be found anywhere on the body. They are formed by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels located close to the surface of the skin.  They usually pose no health hazard but may produce a dull aching in the legs after prolonged standing.

Can Spider Veins be Prevented?

Spider veins cannot always be prevented. Wearing support hose may minimize unwanted blood vessels from developing. Keeping one's weight at a normal level and exercising regularly may be helpful, as well as eating a high-fiber diet and wearing low-heeled shoes. Sun protection is important to limit the number of unwanted vessels on the face.

How Does Laser Vein Therapy Work?

Our laser delivers pulses of light waves which causes the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the blood vessel which is then reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow is then directed to veins deeper below your skins surface. The laser affects a broad range of vessels from tiny spider veins to deep blue reticular veins quickly, safely and effectively.

Who is a Suitable Candidate?

Patients of all skin tones can be treated because of the unique design and long wavelength of our laser system. However, there are some factors that come into condiseration: Are you pregnant? Are you ttaking oral contraceptives? Have you had previous vascular surgery? Do you have Diabetes? Do you have a history of blood clots? These questions and more may be addressed at your initial consultation and we will advise you if Laser Vein Therapy for your broken capillaries is your best option.

What Types of Veins Can be Treated?

Our laser can remove unsightly veins from all parts of the body. Small, facial veins can be treated quickly without bruising or complications. Spider veins and large blue leg veins can also be treated with excellent results. Knotty varicose veins that rise off the surface of the skin can not be treated with our laser therapy. During your consultation, a careful evaluation will be performed to determine which blood vessels can be treated and the best course of treatment.

How Many Treatments are Needed?

The number of treatments required varies with the size and depth of each vein. For the maximum long-term resolution, multiple treatments may be necessary, with the average person needing 3 to 4 treatments. Most people notice significant improvement after one to three treatments. Many leg veins need multiple treatments, often over a few months before the effect is complete. Even small vessels may require some time to resolve. Sometimes a bit of "matting" or "staining" surrounds the treated vessel. Some people may need further treatment, especially if new veins appear. Treatments can be repeated at 6 - 8 week intervals to allow for complete healing. If you have a tendency to develop spider veins you may need to have further treatment at a later date.

How Long Does Each Session Take?

Depending on the size of the area to be treated the treatment usually takes about 30-60 minutes per session as the laser can treat large areas.

Does the Laser Treatment Hurt?

Most people say the laser pulse feels like a small rubber band snapping against your skin. Typically our customers do not require medication or an anesthetic; however some opt to use a topical anesthetic. In addition, our lasers are equipped with a special cooling device to minimize discomfort.

When Can I Resume Normal Activities?

Although we encourage you to resume normal activities almost immediately, we do ask that you refrain from vigorous exercise and avoid hot tubs for at least 24 hours post treatment. Also avoid direct sun exposure after tretment and if you do go in the sun, protect the treated area with a minimum SPF 30 Sun Block (not sunscreen).

When Will I See Results?

Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins show significant improvement within two to six weeks of treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for several months.

Is it Permanent?

Laser vein elimination permanently removes the veins targeted at the time of treatment. However, there is no guarantee that you will not develop new spider or varicose veins in the future. This is especially true if there is a family history of spider or varicose veins, or if you become pregnant or take oral contraceptives. Laser vein elimination, through repeated treatment, causes the vein to fade from view. There are no guarantees, though, that the vein will ever disappear completely from sight and in some rare instances the treatment has no discernible effect at all. However, most people have a very significant reduction in the appearance of their veins.

What Are Some of the Possible Side Effects?

Some people experience mild pigmentation changes after treatment, but these are temporary. Other patients have slight swelling, bruising, or redness in treated areas, but again, this is temporary. Normal physical activity can be resumed after 24 hours in most cases, but care should be taken to avoid sun exposure and to wear a sunblock of 30 SPF or higher.

Are All Laser Machines Appropriate for This Treatment?

No. Each laser machine is FDA approved for different treatments. Some are approved for hair removal, others for facial rejuvenation, and yet others for vein treatment. It is important to check that the machine being used is appropriate for the treatment given. Always seek treatment with a professional that has experience with laser vein therapy.

How Much Does Treatment Cost?

The cost of treatment will vary depending on the size of the area treated and the number of sessions necessary. Vein elimination is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore the majority of insurance companies do no cover it.