Tiny broken capillaries (telangiectasia), also referred to as spider veins on the face, generally appear on the cheeks, nose or chin. They are typically a symptom of rosacea, chronic sun exposure, inflammation/sensitivity, high blood pressure, or aging, and may also be hereditary in nature. Broken facial capillaries may affect both women and men, and they tend to become more numerous and prominent over time. They can be bothersome because they are very difficult to camouflage, and are impossible to treat without medical intervention.
Laser therapy is very effective for treating facial capillaries and overall skin redness. Once vessels have been treated they will not return, although it is possible that new vessels may form over time, particularly if one is prone to them. Long-term results are possible as long as the patient can be diligent in protecting their skin and minimizing inflammation. This includes daily use of a chemical-free sunscreen, and controlling those triggers that contribute to skin redness.