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Close-up on the skin of the girl's face are visible couperose, red and dilated capillaries

Dilated Capillary Treatment

Procedures to treat dilated capillaries or "broken capillaries," which are visible tiny blood vessels that have stretched and widened. Treatment options include laser therapy, intense pulsed light (IPL), or sclerotherapy. 

Dilated Capillary Treatment

Dilated capillaries, also known as broken or spider veins, are tiny blood vessels visible on the skin's surface. These vessels can appear anywhere but are typically seen on the face, especially around the nose, and on the legs. Dermatologists use a variety of treatments to help minimize or remove these unsightly veins, improving the overall appearance of the skin.


Dilated Capillary Treatment Methods

There are several common treatment methods for dilated capillaries:


  1. Laser Therapy: This method uses targeted laser light to heat and destroy the dilated capillaries, causing them to collapse and be reabsorbed by the body over time. It's a non-invasive procedure but may require multiple sessions for optimal results.

  2. Sclerotherapy: This involves injecting a sclerosing solution into the dilated capillaries, causing them to shrink and eventually disappear. It's most commonly used for larger spider veins and varicose veins on the legs.

  3. Electrocautery: This uses a small probe to apply an electric current to the dilated capillaries, causing them to coagulate and seal off. This method is typically used for small, individual vessels.



Role of the Dermatologist in Dilated Capillary Treatment

The role of the dermatologist is crucial in the treatment of dilated capillaries, starting from diagnosis and proceeding through to treatment and follow-up.


Assessment and Diagnosis: The dermatologist conducts a comprehensive skin examination and may use a device called a dermatoscope to get a better view of the blood vessels. They will also consider the patient's medical history, lifestyle, and cosmetic concerns to devise the most effective treatment plan.


Treatment Selection and Procedure: Based on the assessment, the dermatologist will choose the most suitable treatment method. They carry out the procedure, ensuring the patient's comfort and safety while aiming for the best cosmetic result.


Post-Treatment Care and Follow-up: After the treatment, the dermatologist provides detailed post-treatment care instructions to facilitate healing and prevent complications. They also schedule follow-up visits to assess the success of the treatment and decide if further sessions are needed.

Education and Prevention: The dermatologist will advise on steps to prevent the formation of new dilated capillaries. This can include recommendations about sun protection, lifestyle changes, and skin care.


Dilated capillaries are a common skin concern that can be effectively treated with professional dermatological care. The expertise of a dermatologist is crucial to ensure the right treatment approach is chosen and successfully implemented. Their guidance on post-treatment care and prevention strategies helps maintain the health and beauty of the skin long-term.


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