Broken Capillaries on the Cheeks

Broken capillaries in the cheeks occur when the tiny blood vessels that supply blood to the skin and tissues in the cheeks become stretched and break, causing a spidering effect across the nose and cheeks. It can occur at any age and has several underlying causes.


Common causes of broken capillaries include age, sun exposure, alcohol consumption or complexion. People with olive or darker complexions develop broken capillaries less often than lighter skin. Underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure can also contribute to the formation of broken capillaries.


The diagnosis of broken capillaries is done through a visual inspection by a licensed dermatologist. While doctors with other certifications can diagnose broken capillaries, most are not trained in proper treatment techniques.


Broken capillaries can be treated with the use of a machine that passes electronic currents through the affected area. The current clots the blood flowing from the damaged capillary, allowing the body to reabsorb the the blood and capillary tissue.


Most patients are treated successfully with two to three electric current treatments. Even patients with advanced cases of broken capillaries can be treated successfully.

After Treatment Care

In order for treatment to be successful, the patient must follow after-treatment instructions carefully. Avoiding harsh facial cleansers, exposure to the sun, excessive heat and excessive alcohol consumption will help ensure treatment is successful and prevent new broken capillaries from forming.