Broken blood vessels are visible enlarged blood vessels that appear on the face and other parts of the body. They are fine, red veins that are commonly located on the nose, chin, or cheeks.These vessels usually appear as a result of aging, pregnancy, childbirth, birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy, sun damage, and Rosacea. elos IPL and laser treatments are the most effective treatment for broken blood vessels. The visible blood vessels are removed by light absorbed by the blood that destroys the vessel. After some time, the vessel disappears restoring the skin’s natural appearance. elos technology allows for quick treatment of vascular lesions without damaging the surrounding skin.
What type of vascular lesions can be treated?
- Flushing, redness, broken capillaries and spider veins of the face and body
- All these “Red” vascular based conditions of the skin improve
Small vascular lesions can be removed in a single treatment, while other lesions may take few treatments to become less visible. Regardless, most patients see significant improvement in appearance after a single laser session.
Before the treatment
- The patient should avoid skin irritation or intentional skin tanning.
- The patient should discontinue any irritant topical agents for 2-3 days prior to treatment.
- The patient should arrive for treatment with clean skin. There should be no lotion, make-up, perfume, powder or bath/shower oil present on the skin in the area to be treated.
After the treatment
- Most patients have redness and swelling for a few hours to 3 days after the treatment (occasionally it can last longer).
- During the first two days following treatment, care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated site.
- The patient should use high factor sunscreen (30 SPF) and protect the treated area from sunlight. Tanning after treatment may cause hyperpigmentation.
- The number of treatment sessions depends on the individual patient and typically varies between one and five sessions, every 3-4 weeks. Severely damaged skin may need more sessions.
- One touch-up session may be needed about 1-3 times a year, according to individual natural physiological processes.
- Pacemaker or internal defibrillator.
- Excessively tanned skin from sun, tanning beds or tanning creams within last the 3 weeks.
- Superficial metal or other implants in the treatment area.
- Current or history of skin cancer, as well as any other type of cancer, or premalignant moles.
- Severe concurrent conditions, such as cardiac disorders.
- Impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases such as AIDS and HIV, or use of immunosuppressive medications.
- Diseases which may be stimulated by light at the wavelengths used, such as history of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Porphyria, and Epilepsy.
- Poorly controlled endocrine disorders, such as diabetes or Poly Cystic Ovary.
- Any active condition in the treatment area, such as sores, psoriasis eczema, and rash.
- History of skin disorders, keloids, abnormal wound healing, as well as very dry and fragile skin.
- History of bleeding coagulopathies, or use of anticoagulants.
- Use of medication and herbs known to induce photosensitivity to light exposure at the wavelengths used, such as Isotretinoin (Accutane) within the last 6 months, tetracyclines, or St. John’s Wort within the last 2 weeks.
- Facial laser resurfacing and deep chemical peeling within the last 3 months, if face is treated.
- Any surgical procedure in the treatment area within the last 3 months or before complete healing.