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Melbourne Cosmetic Group

Blood Vessels and Birth Marks

Here at the Melbourne Cosmetic Group we can treat many different types of blood vessels and Birth Marks.

One of our most popular treatments is for blood vessels on the face, using our blood vessel laser or Intense Pulsed Light machine.

Blood vessels on the face can be caused by a number of factors, including sun exposure, ageing, hereditary, local irritation and certain diseases such as rosacea.

Rosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha) is a common but little-known disorder of the facial skin.  Because of its red-faced, acne-like effects on personal appearance, it can cause significant psychological, social and occupational problems if left untreated. Many rosacea sufferers avoid public contact or cancel social engagements due to the condition.

Rosacea most often affects adults between the ages of 30 and 60.  It is more common in women (particularly during menopause).  Although rosacea can develop in people of any skin colour, it tends to occur most frequently (and is most apparent) in fair-skinned individuals.

Any one of the following warning signs is a signal to see us at the Melbourne Cosmetic Group for diagnosis and appropriate treatment before the signs and symptoms become severe:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face
  • Bumps or pimples on the face
  • Watery or irritated eyes
  • Thickened skin, especially on the nose (advanced stages)

While the cause of rosacea is unknown and there is no cure, here at the Melbourne Cosmetic Group help is available to control the signs and symptoms of this potentially life-disrupting disorder.

Vascular birthmarks, such as the one pictured below, can also be treated.

Birthmark before laser treatment

Unsightly blood vessels on the legs, commonly called ‘spider veins’, can also be treated at the Melbourne Cosmetic Group.  This is done using a technique called sclerotherapy, where an irritant solution is injected directly into the veins.

In many cases, a Medicare rebate may be available for your treatment, so make a no-obligation appointment with us now!

Case Study 1

Before After three treatments

This 42 year old man developed a special type of birthmark, called a Port Wine Stain, soon after birth.  This grew gradually to cover the right side of his forehead and eye by his late teens.  Several years ago, while living in Sydney, he tried unsuccessfully to treat the birthmark with a Candela Dye laser.   Apart from causing some blistering, there was little improvement in the birthmark.

Soon after moving to Melbourne, he came to see us here at the Melbourne Cosmetic Group.  He was particularly bothered by nodules that had appeared in the birthmark.  After  ruling out a condition called Sturge-Weber Syndrome, we elected to treat this large vascular birthmark with our new Palomar Artisan laser.  After only three treatments, four weeks apart, there was a notable improvement in the colouring and distribution of the birthmark.  In addition, many of the nodules had disappeared or lessened.  We would expect further improvement with more treatments.

Furthermore, due to the size and distribution of the birthmark this treatment qualified for a Medicare rebate, which reduced his out-of-pocket expenses considerably.