Fraxel Laser for Broken Capillaries on Nose - Toronto, ON
About 2 years I noticed clusters of small red...
- 3 Aug 2012
About 2 years I noticed clusters of small red broken blood vessels on my nose. They may have been there for longer, though, I'm not too sure. I suspect may have been caused by a septoplasty I had, as the representative told me that any type of surgery on the nose can produce such veins from appearing. However, I should also mention I was a guy who liked to party a lot on the weekends(!), and as someone fair-skinned, this can be another cause of the capillaries showing up (alcohol-related).
So I first made the mistake of going to a place called Bay Dermatology (I'm in Toronto) where I paid about three hundred dollars for IPL treatments. Nothing was happening for better or worse but the technician told me it takes multiple treatments so I kept at it. What finally ended it was when she handed me the mirror after I said, there's no effect and she says "look, look how much better it is!". I would have accepted a treatment that took multiple times, but I'm not going to be flat-out lied to.
Anyway, I went to Bellair Laser clinic in Yorkville & had a consulation w/ a much more professional and informed rep. She told me the IPL was the wrong treatment as the veins i had were well below the surface of the skin, and that IPL while great for surface issues, was not appropriate for my particular situation. She mentioned that the Fraxel laser would be suitable so I agreed to pay for 5 sessions. The fact that I had to commit to 5 was unsettling but I was becoming more and more self-conscious of the veins, so I agreed, despite being skeptical.
Now to the point: the treatment was surprisingly painful but the results were amazing. I'd say about 80% of the veins have vanished immediately after the first session. I still have a bit of redness around the tip of my nose and my next treatment is in 4 weeks. However, this could of course be a temporary fix and they may return, but in the meantime I feel so much more relieved and comfortable when conversing w/ people face to face. My only regret is not taking a "before" pic, but like I said I wasn't expecting much.
I am super grateful that such a procedure exists, and would say the quality of my life has greatly improved as a result.