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broken facial capillaries
Posted by: Bonny
Date: March 6, 2002 3:26 PM

I have broken capillaries on my face. I've already had laser treatment once but it didn't rid them all. I hate to have to do it again and the expense is awfully high. I'm wondering if there is something else I can do to shrink these down and get rid of some of the redness. I can't use makeup because I react to all kinds. Is there some new creams out on the market yet?



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RE: broken facial capillaries
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 6, 2002 4:20 PM

This condition is called telangiectasia. Doctors who practice sclerotherapy have a product called Sotradecol, a mild acid, which is injected into the vessels using a magnifying lens and needles so small you can hardly see them. The result is permanent although new vessels may pop up in the future. No topicals out there will do this job. Frankly, this treatment has the same advantages and disadvantages of laser therapy.



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