Broken veins, Spider Veins and broken capillaries are small blood vessels that have burst near the surface of the skin. They are often red or purple in colour and can appear on any part of the body, but they are most common on the face, legs, and chest.

Visible Broken Veins on the face
Visible broken veins on the back of the knee

Top tip

If you have broken veins or capillaries, there are a few things you can do to help prevent them from getting worse:

  • Avoid wearing tight clothing. Tight clothing can put pressure on the veins in your legs, making them more likely to break.
  • Lose weight. If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can help to reduce the pressure on the veins in your legs.
  • Avoid standing for long periods of time. If you have to stand for long periods of time, take breaks to walk around and move your legs.
  • Elevate your legs. When you are sitting or lying down, elevate your legs above the level of your heart. This will help to improve circulation and reduce the pressure on the veins in your legs.
  • Use sunscreen. When you are outdoors, wear sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays.

Broken Veins, Spider Veins & Broken Capillaries treatments we recommend

What treatments are available?

Broken veins and capillaries are not usually a cause for concern, but they can be unsightly. There are a number of treatments available for broken veins, including:

  • Advanced Electrolysis This is a minimally invasive treatment using a small heated probe that heats the capillary, coagulating the blood, blocking the flow.
  • Laser therapy. This is another minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser to destroy the affected vein.
  • IPL (intense pulsed light). This is a non-invasive procedure that uses light to heat and destroy the affected vein.
  • Sclerotherapy. This is a more invasive procedure for more severe cases that involves injecting a solution into the affected vein. The solution causes the vein to collapse and eventually disappear.
  • Surgery. For the most severe large bulging verrucous veins surgery to remove the vein is the only option.


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