Broken blood vessels, known as telangiectasias, are small diameter, linear blood vessels that occur on the surface of the skin. As we age, these small dilated blood vessels commonly form on the cheeks, around the nose and chin. Heredity, sun-damage, aging and alcohol use are some of the contributing factors. Also, people with rosacea frequently develop telangiectasia.
It is important to note as well that telangiectasia is associated with other diseases, so it is important to provide your doctor with an accurate family/medical history. These blood vessels are considered to be abnormal and do not serve any essential function, so removing them can give an improved cosmetic appearance.
Depending on the location of the blood vessels, and if a dermatologist determines that you are a suitable candidate, pulsed-dye lasers and pulsed green lasers are often used to treat this condition. Multiple treatments may be required. If appropriate for your skin type, use of a self-tanning product may help to reduce the appearance of these small superficial blood vessels.
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