Broken Blood Vessels

What Are Those Broken Blood Vessels on My Face and What Can I Do About Them?

Dermatology Specialists Drs. Joshua Fox and Meryl Blecker Joerg Explain

Roslyn Heights, NY (PRWEB) May 09, 2014

Wondering why your face is peppered with tiny red lines? These broken blood vessels affect millions – especially as age creeps up – and don’t typically disappear on their own but can be treated quickly and effectively by a dermatologist, according to Joshua Fox, MD, medical director of Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery.

Known as telangiectasias, the tiny spider or thread-like blood vessels can develop anywhere on the body but are especially prevalent on the face. The vessels involved can be veins or capillaries and tend to cluster around the nose, cheeks and chin, creating unsightly areas that can make it hard to face the world with confidence.

“Spider veins on the face don’t hurt, and they aren’t dangerous or life-threatening, but they certainly affect appearance and self-esteem,” explains Dr. Meryl Blecker Joerg, M.D., also with Advanced Dermatology. “They can make the face appear slightly bruised and cause you to look older than you are. On top of that, these broken blood vessels are likely to get worse over time if left untreated.”

What causes broken blood vessels?

Some telangiectasias are prompted by uncontrollable factors, while others appear because of lifestyle choices. The numerous causes of broken facial blood vessels include:

  • Aging
  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Oral contraceptive use
  • Estrogen replacement therapy
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Heredity
  • Rosacea, a common skin condition triggering facial redness from a combination of bumpy skin, pimples and broken capillaries

It may not be possible to completely avoid broken facial blood vessels, but Dr. Fox notes that there are several ways to minimize your risk, including gently washing your face with warm – not hot – water, since hot water forces capillaries to expand.

“Everyone who comes to us with broken blood vessels on their face seems to have acquired them in a different way,” Dr. Fox says. “But one thing unites all of them: The desire to be rid of these embarrassing red lines. Luckily, we have a clear-cut solution to offer.”

Best treatment option virtually painless

The most effective treatment option for broken blood vessels happens to also be quick, virtually painless and highly effective. Laser light treatment uses gentle light pulses to heat the affected blood vessels, causing them to collapse and leaving surrounding skin undamaged. Afterward, the tissue from destroyed blood vessels simply dissolves, restoring the skin’s natural appearance within days.

While some laser light treatment patients describe the laser sensation as similar to that of a snapping rubber band, topical anesthesia or ice can be applied before treatment to maximize comfort. Larger veins may require multiple laser treatments spaced weeks apart, while small vessels can usually be taken care of with a single, 10- to 15-minute treatment. Bruising, crusting or redness of the skin may occur in some cases, but typically clears within a few days.

For optimal results, Dr. Fox recommends laser or intense light treatment and that patients use sunscreen on the treated area to ward away unnecessary redness or discoloration. Daily sunscreen use on the face is a good idea regardless, he notes. Makeup or self-tanning lotion can be used to try to conceal or camouflage broken blood vessels, but don’t remove the problem blood vessels.

“It’s gratifying to have such a safe, effective treatment for a skin problem that impacts so many people,” Dr. Fox says. “When I show prospective laser treatment patients before-and-after photos from others we’ve treated for broken blood vessels, they can’t believe the difference and are thrilled for the chance to regain their natural beauty. The patients are impressed to see the instant improvement in their condition after a single short treatment.”

Advanced Dermatology P.C., the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) provides cutting edge medical, laser & cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery services. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com

Joshua L. Fox, M.D., F.A.A.D., is the founder and medical director at Advanced Dermatology P.C. He is a leading authority in the field of dermatology with expertise in skin cancer, cosmetic surgery and laser procedures and is program director of a fellowship in laser and cosmetic surgery. Meryl Blecker Joerg, M.D. F.A.A.D. has been with Advanced Dermatology since 1997. She is also n Assistant Clinical Professor in the Cosmetic Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City.

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Dealing with a Web of Trouble on the Face: Dermatologist Joshua Fox Explains Causes, Describes Treatment for Spider Veins

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Spider veins are caused by several factors including aging, pregnancy, childbirth, birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy, sun damage and Rosacea. Fortunately, there are in-office treatments that your dermatologist can perform to remove these facial veins and improve your appearance.

 

Roslyn, New York (PRWEB) July 22, 2010 — Dermatologist Dr. Joshua Fox addresses causes and treatment for spider veins on the face this summer. Among the many skin changes people notice as they age, one of the most disturbing may be the fine, red lines they begin to see on their noses, chins or cheeks, often by the time they reach age 30. These broken blood vessels or capillaries, also known as spider veins, or telangiectasias, are tiny vessels that are visible just beneath the skin’s surface. While not painful, they are often disconcerting since they can create large, unsightly red areas on the face. Sometimes people with these prominent veins are mistaken for alcohol abusers.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, slightly more than half of American women and up to 45 percent of men suffer from some form of a vein problem, accounting for millions of Americans. “Spider veins are caused by several factors,” says leading dermatologist Joshua L. Fox, M.D. “These include aging, pregnancy, childbirth, birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy, sun damage and Rosacea. Fortunately, there are in-office treatments that your dermatologist can perform to remove these facial veins and improve your appearance.

 

“The first way to avoid spider veins on your face is to try to make sure you don’t get them in the first place,” says Dr. Fox, founder of Advanced Dermatology PC and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology. He explains that while some such veins are promoted by genetics or hormones, “the main way to keep spider veins from appearing on your face is through constant and consistent protection from the damaging rays of the sun. Excess sun exposure over many years has numerous negative effects on the skin, including the development of tiny red lines or spider veins,” Dr. Fox says.

 

“Any time your skin is going to be exposed to the sun, you should liberally apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher with both UVA and UVB protection. “Regardless of the weather or time of year, protection from the sun is critical to your health and appearance and is important to protect delicate skin not only from unsightly spider veins but also from deadly cancers.

 

If spider veins are bothersome, Dr. Fox says, they can be treated in your dermatologist’s office. “Laser therapy is the preferred means of removing spider veins on the face and has been the gold standard for the past 20 years. The veins selectively absorb the laser’s wavelengths of light; this light destroys the blood vessels and restores the skin’s natural appearance. Laser treatment is quick, safe and the results are immediate.”

 

According to Dr. Fox, smaller veins on the face typically require only a single laser treatment that lasts about 10-15 minutes. Some people may choose to have a topical anesthetic or ice applied to the area being treated to reduce possible discomfort. Side effects are few and include temporary discoloration of the site, blistering, crusting, redness or occasional bruising. A key benefit is that laser treatment targets only the broken blood vessels and not the surrounding skin.

 

“Most people are quite pleased with their appearance following laser treatment,” Dr. Fox says. “In fact, there are multiple lasers to treat spider veins and there is an 80 – 90 % chance for a greatly improved appearance with laser treatment. However, Dr. Fox warns even after treatment new ones can and may appear.

 

Dr. Fox offers some questions to consider when thinking about spider veins on the face:

 

1.    Does the redness cause me to feel embarrassed about the way I look?

 

2.    Do I have spider veins or is the redness caused by another condition, such as Rosacea, melanoma or something else?

 

3.    Do people ever ask you if you drink a lot? They may think that your face is red because you are drunk.

 

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, or if you simply have a concern about some change to the skin on your face, Dr. Fox recommends scheduling a visit with your Board-certified dermatologist, who knows your health history and can recommend the best ways to care for your skin and treat your specific conditions.

DEALING WITH A WEB OF TROUBLE ON YOUR FACE.

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BEAUTY: SPIDER VEINS: DEALING WITH A WEB OF TROUBLE ON YOUR FACE. Dr. Joshua Fox, leading dermatologist in the New York area, and founder and president of New Age Research Foundation: “Among the many skin changes people notice as they age, one of the most disturbing may be the fine, red lines they begin to see on their noses, chins or cheeks, often by the time they reach age 30. These broken blood vessels or capillaries, also known as spider veins, or telangiectasias, are tiny vessels that are visible just beneath the skin’s surface. While not painful, they are often disconcerting since they can create large, unsightly red areas on the face. Sometimes people with these prominent veins are mistaken for alcohol abusers. Spider veins are caused by several factors, including aging, pregnancy, childbirth, birth-control pills, estrogen-replacement therapy, sun damage and rosacea. Fortunately, there are in-office treatments that your dermatologist can perform to remove these facial veins and improve your appearance.”

LASERS IMPROVE COMPLEXIONS – TREATING BROKEN BLOOD VESSELS AND REDNESS: Leading dermatologist discusses how lasers restore skin’s natural beauty and reduce signs of aging.

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New York, NY, July 2008 – The face has an extensive network of fine red veins and tiny blood vessels called capillaries that are commonly located on the nose, cheeks or chin.  By age 30, many people begin to notice that these capillaries can break and become unsightly tiny, spidery blood vessels,  red streaks or blotches on the face. Laser therapy can eliminate damaged veins and capillaries by removing virtually all traces of these unsightly blood vessels.

“Laser treatment successfully treats and removes broken facial blood vessels safely, easily and effectively with excellent long term results,” says Joshua Fox, MD, founder of Advanced Dermatology and a spokesman for the American Academy of Dermatology. “Millions of people are affected by facial capillaries that break and they want to get rid of these unattractive and embarrassing distractions to their natural beauty.” Many people consider red blotches on their face or nose to be suggestive use of alcohol intake. Thereby falsely labeling people who have these red lesions.

What causes broken facial blood vessels and redness?

Common causes for broken facial veins and redness include: aging, prolonged sun exposure, pregnancy, childbirth, oral contraceptives, estrogen replacement therapy and heredity. Diffuse redness is a result of dilated capillaries — the appearance is more general redness then well-defined blood vessels. Diffuse redness is often associated with rosacea — a treatable skin condition characterized by redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, or visible blood vessels, bumps or pimples on the face. More women have rosacea then men and it often affects fair-skinned people especially those from Celtic or Northern European extraction. The National Rosacea Society estimates that there are 14 million people with rosacea nationwide.

How lasers treat facial veins and redness

Dr. Fox notes that visible broken facial blood vessels are removed with a laser using light absorbed by the blood that destroys the vessel. After some time, the vessel disappears restoring the skin’s natural appearance. Lasers allow for quick treatment of broken blood vessels without any damage to the surrounding skin. The laser gently penetrates the skin without affecting the outer layers, meaning there’s a much shorter healing time or none at all.

Lasers are safe and effective — they can be tailored to an individual condition and skin type. Some patients say that the sensation of a laser treatment is akin to the snapping of a small rubber band against the skin. Some people choose to have a topical anesthesia or ice applied to the area of the face being treated.

Each treatment usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes.  Small veins/capillaries may require a single treatment for repair. Veins that are larger or darker may require multiple treatments for improvement and not reach full repair.   Treatments are spaced at 4-to-6 week intervals.

“Lasers offer natural looking improvement for successfully treating broken blood vessels and redness without injuring the surrounding healthy facial skin,” says Dr. Fox. “Patients can immediately return to normal activities but they must apply sunscreen on the treated area.” A side benefit of the laser is it seems to stimulate collagen and give the face more of a “glow” appearance.

What to Expect At The Consultation for Facial Vein Laser Treatment

The experts in skin care and related laser treatments are board-certified dermatologists — surgeons who have received extensive education, training and passed a certifying examination given by the American Board of Dermatology. Some are members of laser society like the American society of Laser Surgery.  Dr. Fox says that using lasers to treat facial broken blood vessels and redness is a safe and fairly simple treatment. He advises that patients need to discuss with their dermatologist expectations and projected outcomes based on their specific skin problem. During the initial consultation, patients can ask the physician to share before and after photos of patients who had a similar condition and treatment.

The dermatologist will need to know how long a patient has had problems with facial veins and if they have had any prior skin treatments on their face. The physician will take a patient’s complete medical history — including asking about any medical problems or if they are taking any medications. Certain systematic diseases like Lupus Erythematosis need to be ruled out.

Tips For Protecting Your Skin

As most of us age, we begin to see signs of skin damage caused by the sun appearing in our complexion.

The best way to protect your skin is by avoiding prolonged sun exposure and use sunscreen with an SPF 30 with UVA and UVB protection or higher on a daily basis. “You are lowering your possibility of developing skin cancer and reducing the suns premature aging process by applying sunscreen protection daily and not just when you are at the beach or pool,” says Dr. Fox. Dr. Fox advises that there is not such thing as a healthy tan — a tan is the skin’s response to the sun’s damaging rays. Also, the UV radiation emitted by indoor tanning lamps is many times more intense than natural sunlight. Dangers include burns, premature aging of the skin, and the increased risk of skin cancer. The next best protection from the sun is a high SPF rating that does not come off with sweaty or vigorous exercise and protective gear like a sunshade.