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What are broken capillaries and how do I treat them?

Broken capillaries are commonly found on the cheeks or nose area these appear as small red / pink threads under the skins surface. Broken capillaries occur when the capillary walls narrow and widen too quickly causing the muscles int he walls to tear. This in turn allows the blood to seep out resulting in broken capillaries.

Dehydrated, dry and sensitive skins often have thin skin that provides less protection and therefore, these skin types are the most commonly effected.
Common causes of broken capillaries are:

  1. Hot conditions
  2. Wind blowing on the face
  3. Burning i.e. sunburn
  4. Moving from one extreme temperature to another
  5. Pressure i.e. squeezing spots or glasses pressing on the face

Broken capillaries can be prevented by avoiding all of the above. Once formed they can be treated by a specialist form of electrolysis. There are also specialist creams on the market that aim to strengthen the capillary walls thus reducing the redness.

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Treatments offered at Rajeunir Medical Spa:

  • IPL Photo Facials + Skin Rejuvenation

    Rejuvenate and Revitalize with IPL Skin Rejuvenation

    IPL Skin Rejuvenation is a non-invasive, comfortable technique that revitalizes your skin using a broad spectrum of light called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This patented, FDA-approved, non-laser treatment provides dramatic results for an array of skin conditions anywhere on the body. Skin tone is enhanced, small defects are eliminated and pores become smaller. The end result of IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatments is smoother, healthier and younger-looking skin. These medical grade treatments will reveal a naturally younger appearance with a clearer, more even complexion without facial alterations. For optimal results, a series of treatments will increase cell regeneration that stimulates new collagen and elastin to diminish fine lines.

    IPL™ Skin Rejuvenation and Photo Facials treat the following conditions:

    • Uneven skin tone
    • Sun spots
    • Age spots
    • Spider veins
    • Broken capillaries
    • Facial redness and Rosacea
    • Active Acne

    Photo Facial treatments may also be used in conjunction with chemical peels and microdermabrasion to enhance the results of these procedures.

    Is IPL™ safe?

    Advanced light systems have been used safely on millions of patients of all ages worldwide. IPL™ treats only targeted areas, leaving the surrounding skin untouched.

    What areas can be treated?

    IPL™ Skin Rejuvenation treatments are effective for improving the signs of aging and appearance of skin anywhere on the body—face, neck, hands, décolleté (chest), shoulders, arms and legs.

    Is IPL™ painful?

    Our IPL™ system is a comfortable, non-ablative, noninvasive treatment. Unlike laser treatments it does not wound the skin. Typically, patients describe the treatment as a gentle warming of the skin’s surface.

    What advantages do IPL™ skin rejuvenation treatments have over other treatments?

    Laser resurfacing and deep chemical peels often send patients into hiding as they wait for redness and swelling to subside. Recovery for these procedures can be days and sometimes weeks. Face lifts and other surgical procedures are far too invasive for younger patients and those who simply want to revitalize their appearance without recovery downtime.

    Before After Sunspots

    Before Treatment and Post 5 Treatments

    Pre-Treatment Instructions

      • Discontinue sun tanning and the use of tanning beds and self-tanning creams 4 weeks before and throughout the treatment course. This will reduce the chance of skin color changes, and development of new lesions.
      • Always use an SPF 30 or greater sunscreen on all exposed treatment areas and re-apply every 2 hours throughout the day. Wear protective hats and clothing.
      • Discontinue use of exfoliating creams such as Retin-A and other skin exfoliating products 2 weeks prior to and during the entire treatment course.
      • Discontinue use of Oral Isotretinoin/Accutane for 6 months prior to and during treatment. Accutane changes the underlying structure of the skin which may cause an increase skin sensitivity to light.
      • If you have a history of Herpes outbreaks in the area of treatment you should consult your Primary Care Provider for medical evaluation and possible antiviral therapy prior to treatment.
      • An accurate diagnosis, by a Physician, of abnormal lesions or brown spots prior to treatment is necessary before treatment of lesions. Failure to do so, may delay proper treatment.

    Post-Treatment Instructions

      • A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. This usually last 2-24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, which usually resolves in 2-3 days. In some cases, prolonged redness or blistering may occur.
      • Apply cool/ice compresses and/or 1% Hydrocortisone cream to treatment areas for 10-15 minutes every hour for the next 4 hours, as needed, to reduce discomfort or swelling.
      • The treated area can be gently cleansed and polysporin can be applied if needed.
      • Pigmented lesions may initially look raised and/or darkened with a reddened perimeter. The lesion is usually healed in 7-21 days, but may take 4 weeks to completely fade.
      • Direct sun exposure to the treatment area is prohibited from whatever source (natural sun, tanning beds, self-tanning creams) and the use of SPF 30 or greater is mandatory.
      • Be aware of the likelihood of coincidental hair removal in the treatment area.
      • Do not pick, scratch or remove scabs. This will help decrease the chance of infection and scarring.
      • Until redness has completely resolved avoid swimming, hot tubs/Jacuzzis and activities that cause excessive perspiration.

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