Broken capillaries are a common skin concern & whilst they are harmless, some clients find them embarrassing & they can impact their everyday lives & self-confidence. They affect both men and women. 


What I love about my job, is that I am able to help people feel more confident in their own skin. 


Some people may not even realise that it’s not something they have to live with, and these annoying red veins are easily treatable.


I actually really enjoy treating red veins, as the results can really be amazing. It’s so exciting when the veins collapse instantly with just one zap! 


How to treat broken capillaries and what are they?


Whatever you call them broken capillaries, thread veins, red veins, or broken veins, they are really common & easily treatable. The correct name for them is telangiectasia.


Telangiectasia are small, dilated blood vessels which are visible on the skin’s surface and appear in common areas such as the legs, nose & cheeks. 


Facial red veins respond extremely well to IPL treatments (Intensed Pulsed Light). 


Leg vessels are more difficult to treat because of the high vascular pressure & the fact they are usually deeper in the skin. Leg vessels respond much better to a Nd:YAG laser. Leg vessels are usually more blue purple in colour. If the vein is small and red, it may be possible to treat with IPL. I’ve mentioned previously that I can add different lasers to my Lynton Lumina & the Nd:YAG is one of those options. I hope to be able to add this in the not-too-distant future. 


What causes thread veins? 


Thread veins is usually hereditary & you’re more likely to suffer if parents or grandparents suffered with thread veins. However, they can be a result of sun damage, ageing, steroid use & pregnancy. 


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What other types of vascular lesions can I treat with my Lynton Lumina? 


Spider veins also known as Spider Naevi are also really common & can look quite similar to a thread vein but they have a central red papule. The little veins that stem to the centre gives it the appearance of a spider. These types of veins are also common in children. Spider Veins respond well to IPL.