Broken blood vessels allow blood to escape into the layers of the skin. Downtown Dermatology offers sclerotherapy treatment for broken blood vessels to men and women in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area.
The most common cause of broken blood vessels is trauma or other type of injury. If the skin is not broken, the blood from inside the vessel will leak into the layers of skin. You may develop a large dark or blood-colored patch or small red dots. You can test for broken blood vessels by pressing on the skin. If the skin does not turn white under pressure, chances are that you have a broken blood vessel. In addition to trauma, broken blood vessels can be caused by:
If Dr. Hicks-Graham determines that your broken blood vessel is the result of trauma, she may recommend sclerotherapy. The treatment destroys the damaged blood vessel, allowing the body to re-route blood through healthy vessels.
Treatment for broken blood vessels can be administered on any part of the skin and body. Dr. Hicks-Graham will explain the expected results of the treatment.
Dr. Hicks-Graham performs sclerotherapy to treat broken blood vessels. The treatment involves injecting a special solution into the damaged vessel. The solution contains a medication that irritates the walls of the vessel, causing it to stick together. Over time, the vessel dies and is absorbed by the body naturally.
You may want to have your primary care physician order diagnostic tests to determine if your broken blood vessels are related to an underlying medical condition. Please bring the results of these tests to your consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham.
To help promote healing, Dr. Hicks-Graham will recommend that you wear compression bandages or stockings. You may also need to limit your activities for a period of time. Dr. Hicks-Graham will provide specific instructions during your consultation.
Sclerotherapy for broken blood vessels is usually considered medically necessary, so a portion of the cost may be covered by your medical insurance. You may pay for your portion of the cost via cash, check, major credit card and CareCredit® financing.
Although broken blood vessels do not necessarily indicate a serious medical condition, you should be evaluated by Dr. Hicks-Graham. If you have concerns about the dark area under your skin that is caused by a broken blood vessel, she may recommend treatment with sclerotherapy.
A dark patch or small red dots just under the skin may indicate that you have a broken blood vessel. If you would like to learn about treatment options, contact us to schedule a consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham.Downtown Dermatology offers sclerotherapy treatments for broken blood vessels. The treatment is safe and effective for patients of all ages in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area.