Beachside Medi Spa Port Macquarie
Phone 02 6583 3588

Laser broken capillaries, redness, rosacea, freckles

Brown freckles and pigment treatment

The most common pigmentation problems are in the form of freckles, and brown age spots. The body tries to protect itself from sun damage (UV radiation) by producing more melanin, which is the brown pigment in the skin.

How does Laser / IPL work ?
Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices have been used with great success to remove pigmented areas on the skin. Using this state-of-the-art technology,charged energy light is selectively emitted to affected areas to be absorbed by the pigmented areas, sparing the normal surrounding skin.

What are the benefits of Laser / IPL?
* Stimulates natural collagen and elastin production in the active skin cells (fibroblasts), improving the skin’s overall texture and complexion.
* Skin rejuvenation treatments overall improve the skin’s colour and texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and minimises open pores. There is no downtime and the IPL Photo Rejuvenation effectively reduces skin pigmentation after 1 - 4 visits.

Does it Hurt?
The treatment has been described as similar to the feeling of an elastic band being flicked on the skin. At Beachside Medi Spa, we use the state of art medical grade Laser which is operated by our fully trained Senior Paramedical Aesthecian.

Are there any side effects?
Because our laser skin treatments do not remove any surface skin, recovery time is very fast in the majority of cases. Some mild to moderate redness in the treated area may occur, which generally disappears within a day or so. Treatment may in some cases cause a temporary darkening of the pigmentation which fades generally after a week. After care instructions are given out after the treatment.

How many treatments will I need?
For best results, on average we recommend completing 2 to 6 treatments. As the condition of skin and individual expectations will differ the number of treatments required may vary. During your consultation our Skin and Laser Specialist will discuss a personalised treatment plan for you.

Maintenance treatments may be recommended to be performed on the area for some clients based on the skin’s colour, condition and personal lifestyle.

Redness and broken capillaries

Photo: BEFORE and AFTER 2 laser treatments

Broken capillaries are commonly found on the cheeks or nose area, they appear as small red veins just under the skins surface. Broken capillaries occur when the capillary walls narrow and widen too quickly causing the muscles interior walls to expand and remain dilated.

Dehydrated, dry and sensitive skins often have thin skin that provides less protection and therefore, these skin types are the most commonly effected.

Common causes of broken capillaries are:

Sun damage
Hot conditions
Wind blowing on the face
Moving from one extreme temperature to another
Pressure i.e. squeezing spots or glasses pressing on the face

How to treat broken capillaries & spider veins

Many people who have broken capillaries would like to reduce the appearance of the vessels. Medical Grade Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments can provide an effective broken capillary and vein treatment, as well as being a solution to broken blood vessels. Over time, little red veins on the nose, chin or cheeks become more noticeable.

Medical Grade Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology enables our therapist’s to collapse the vein and broken capillaries without doing any damage to the surrounding outer layers of skin. The wavelength discharged through the pulse of the laser enables the light to reach the targeted veins under the skin, whilst also improving the overall appearance of the skin by evening out skin tone and encouraging the production of collagen.

Medical Grade Laser and Intense Pulse Light at this skin clinic offer a solution that minimises or eliminates the appearance of broken capillaries, causes little discomfort and produces long lasting results with no down time.


Rosacea is a condition that is characterised by facial redness - especially around the nose, cheeks, chin and in between the brow. People with this condition are consistently red or flush easily. Broken facial capillaries and acne-like pustules on the face are also a common consequence of having rosacea. It is a common condition that affects approximately 1 in 20 people.

The first step in the treatment of rosacea is to avoid any triggers that may exacerbate the condition. Common triggers of rosacea include; certain foods including yogurt, cheese, and spicy/chilli foods, direct sunlight, extremes of weather, alcohol, hot drinks, stress, heavy physical exercise, and hot flushes/menopause.

The use of non-irritating sunscreens is important. Physical sunscreens with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide tend to irritate skin less than chemical sunscreens. Using skin care with anti-inflammatory ingredients is appropriate in the treatment of rosacea. These include; aloe vera, arnica, calendula, chamomile, cucumber, provitamin B5, feverfew, green tea, licochalone, perilla leaf extract, red algae, red clover, thyme, willow herb, and zinc.

Mineral make-up does not tend to enter the skin, congest the skin and exacerbate rosacea. They may also contain some calming ingredients such as green tea extract.

Another good option for rosacea in is retinaldehyde. Retinaldehyde is a less irritating form of retinoid and is better tolerated by those with sensitive skin.

The good news is there are fantastic treatments available for rapid improvement in redness and dilated capillaries. Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light therapies work by heating up and collapsing the vessels down. Although most clients see a significant improvement in their symptoms following one session, several sessions are usually needed to complete the treatment and maintenance may be required.

Quite often, we see clients who have left their condition too long before seeking treatment and it is difficult to gain control. Left untreated, rosacea can severely damage the skin, leading to dilation of facial capillaries, extreme sensitivity, and thickening of the skin causing a condition called rhinophyma (enlargement of the nose).

If you suspect you may have rosacea then I urge you to seek advice from a skin specialist.

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1/145 Horton St,
Port Macquarie
NSW 2444