Laser removal of enlarged facial capillaries

image of a face with expanded capillaries

Enlarged facial capillaries (Telangiectasias) are permanently enlarged, fine, surface blood vessels with red or blue colour. There are many diseases and causes that can lead to the appearance of enlarged (broken) facial capillaries, but the most common are the following:

Multiple capillaries on the entire face – are observed in rosacea, prolonged exposure to sun and other diseases

Enlarged capillaries on the skin of the nostrils – are difficult to heal and often recur

Single capillaries in the form of a “vascular star“ – after trauma (inflammation or mechanical injury) or without cause. Common in young children.

 The most advanced methods for removing the enlarged (broken) facial capillaries are carried out using a laser.


• Laser treatment of enlarged capillaries is performed with the Nd: YAG laser by the leading American company for medical laser systems Cutera.
• In the laser removal of non-aesthetic blood vessels a light impulse is applied which energy is absorbed by the blood in the enlarged capillaries. Laser energy converts to heat, causing permanent contracting and destruction of the target vessel. Blood flow is redirected to vessels located deeper below the surface of the skin. 

Which patients are suitable for the treatment?

Laser is safely applied to all patients, regardless of their age and type of skin (from the lightest to the darkest). The only condition is that patients do not have suntan, have not been exposed actively to sun or solarium in the last month.

What is the feeling during the treatment?

• The patient feels stinging or pinching when the pulse is applied through the nozzle. No local anesthesia or analgesic is required before, during or after the treatment.
For the complete comfort of our patients, during the manipulations, a professional Zimmer 6 cryosystem is used for analgesia, using a cold air jet.

What happens immediately after the treatment?

Immediately after the treatment, slight redness and swelling of the treated area is possible within 3 to 5 days.
It is advisable to apply a sunscreen with a high factor on the treated area if it is exposed to direct sunlight.

How many treatments are necessary to achieve a therapeutic effect?

The number of treatments depends on the number and size of the enlarged capillaries on the face. Usually, about 3-4 treatments, with 1 month interval between them, are usually required.

Which is the best time for the treatment?

Laser therapy is applied during the seasons in which the affected area is not exposed to direct sunlight. Such are autumn, winter and spring.

What are the contraindications to the treatment?

There are conditions in which the treatment is strictly contraindicated due to the high risk of unpredictable side effects:
• pregnancy
• photosensitivity
• presence of open wounds
• presence of suntan from recent exposure to sun or solarium
• patients who are going to have sun exposure within 30 days of the last treatment
• active herpes and other skin infections in the area of ​​the treated area
• malignant skin formations
• in case of systemic intake of drugs enhancing the sensitivity of the skin to the rays, etc.