How To Treat Broken Capillaries On The Face​

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Last updated on Dec 20, 2022

How to treat broken capillaries on the face

Broken capillaries are neither painful nor life-threatening, but they can cause ugly webs of reddish or bluish colour to form on the skin. This can be embarrassing, and they can be difficult to ignore if they appear on your face.

This article will help you understand the factors that could cause this condition, how to avoid it, as well as the treatments that are available to you.

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What Are Broken Capillaries

Spider veins and telangiectasia are both names that can be used to refer to broken capillaries on the face. Damage to these surface skin blood vessels causes them to widen, resulting in reddish, thread-like patterns on your skin that resemble a spider web.

Broken capillaries are most prevalent in the areas around the lips, eyes, cheeks, nose, fingers, and legs. However, they can appear anywhere else on your body. They usually appear in groups or clusters. Broken capillaries on the face do not pose a threat to one’s health. However, these patterns on your face can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and affect your confidence.

What Causes Broken Capillaries?

Normal-functioning blood vessels in a healthy body continually expand and contract to accommodate different quantities of blood. Capillaries serve as links in the circulatory system between veins and arteries.

Capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the human body, are understandably quite delicate. When these vessels enlarge or dilate, more blood flows through them, placing more pressure on their walls. If they enlarge too much the capillaries may rupture. The overlying skin turns shades of red as blood leaks into the surrounding tissue.

There are several factors that may contribute to broken capillaries. They include:

  • Aging
    Blood vessels weaken with age
  • Skin trauma
    Trauma to the skin may cause capillaries to rupture.
  • Sun exposure and heat
    Extreme heat dilates blood vessels near the skin to release heat from the body’s core.UV radiation can damage blood vessels, causing their walls to weaken and capillaries to break.
  • Genetics
    Some people are born with a genetic predisposition to this condition.
  • Alcohol abuse
    Alcohol causes blood vessels to enlarge, which may contribute to the formation of telangiectasias.

How to Treat Broken Capillaries on the face

The most common treatment for facial spider veins is primarily determined by the diagnosis. It is important to address the underlying cause when treating facial spider veins. Not all therapies are to be prescribed as blanket treatments for everyone who has broken capillaries on the face. It is best to consult a vein specialist to evaluate which treatment option is best for you.

Treatment options for facial spider veins include laser treatment and sclerotherapy. Both of these treatments are offered by our experts at Vein Doctors Sydney.

Laser Treatment

Typically, 1st line treatment for facial veins is laser treatment. At Vein Doctors Sydney, we are proud to offer the Excel V+, the most advanced laser technology to help treat your unique symptoms and condition.The laser delivers pulses of light energy that are specific to red blood vessels causing the blood within the treated vein to coagulate and the vessel be destroyed. The specificity of the laser allows the facial vein to be treated whilst leaving the surrounding tissue intact. Following treatment, the spider veins (telangiectasia) disappear completely as the tissue from the collapsed vessels is gradually reabsorbed into the body.


Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive method that involves injecting sclerosing solutions into the damaged capillaries to eliminate them. The sclerosing agents damage the inner lining of the blood vessel, causing them to shut down and be eventually resorbed by the body.


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Why Vein Doctors Sydney?

Vein Doctors Sydney uses the latest laser technology to ensure you get the best results possible. We perform thorough assessments to create a treatment plan tailored to your particular condition. If you have abnormal facial veins (spider veins or telangiectasia) that are of concern to you contact Vein Doctors Sydney on (02) 9023 9970 or via email: info@veindoctorssydney.com