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Old 09-30-2003, 08:39 PM   #1
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I have several broken blood vessles on each cheek. They are very small, but noticeable thin red cracked lines. I am assuming they are from years of heavy drinking (although I am only 32 and I have seen heavier older drinkers with none), but not certain. I saw a derm. and he said I had rosacea, but the redness in the checks is down, but the blood vessels are not going away, nor do I expect them to. Is there anything I can do? Cover-ups, medication or surgery, or do I have this forever?

 
Old 10-01-2003, 02:46 PM   #2
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Those aren't broken blood vessels--they are called telengectasia, and are dilated small vessels in your skin. If you look closely around your body, I'll bet you that there are a lot of them all around your body. Telengectasia are a sign of chronic liver disease, and it most likely means that the chronic damage that has been going on with your liver due to drinking has caused liver cirrhosis. There are many other signs that you probably have as well. I would probably get to a doctor to get an evaluation on your liver function because this can only get worse to the point of liver failure.

 
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Old 10-01-2003, 04:43 PM   #3
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Rosacea is very common and can sometimes be helped by antibiotics and by metrogel a cream specifically for Rosacea. I can only hope that you have quit drinking as the drinking will only make things more noticable plus the liver damage you do is most likely permanent. The red lines will probably never go away but you can ask your doc about this and see what he recommends. Also since you were a heavy drinker regardless of your age you need to remember that you cannot take Tylenol aka acetominophen due to liver damage. See your doc about the red facial lines as it could and most likely is part of your rosacea but only your doc will know for sure.

 
Old 08-11-2005, 05:50 PM   #4
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I also have these blood vessels, and used to be a heavy drinker. I have heard they can be removed by laser treatment. I hope so!

 
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Re: Broken blood vessels on face

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I have several broken blood vessles on each cheek. They are very small, but noticeable thin red cracked lines. I am assuming they are from years of heavy drinking (although I am only 32 and I have seen heavier older drinkers with none), but not certain. I saw a derm. and he said I had rosacea, but the redness in the checks is down, but the blood vessels are not going away, nor do I expect them to. Is there anything I can do? Cover-ups, medication or surgery, or do I have this forever?
I have them also and and also drink. I had my liver function done and all was ok. So I don't think it is your liver but keep that in consideration. There are laser treatments that can remove them I think that is probaly the only way to go. Best o luck they are annoying aren't they? Jules

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Old 08-12-2005, 05:49 AM   #6
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Re: Broken blood vessels on face

My son had these on his face and was later found to be suffering from congenital hepatic fibrosis which turned into primary sclerosing cholengitis.He got a liver Tx in 2000.I would advise you to,at the very least,see your doc for some labs on your liver and the kidneys as some liver diseases also affect the kidneys as well.This was the case with my son.These broken vessels,when part of liver disease are actually caused by what is called portal hypertension.This is caused by the damage to the liver whcih will close off the portal vein in your liver as the scarring progresses.This may or may not be what is going on with you but if it is, you really need to know this.a simple blood test will tell you whether or not it is your liver that is the cause.I seriously hope this is not the cause.Please let me know just what you find out.FB

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Old 08-13-2005, 01:07 PM   #7
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I also have these blood vessels, and used to be a heavy drinker. I have heard they can be removed by laser treatment. I hope so!
My friend had one of those on her nose and she got it "zapped" at the dermatologist. I'm guessing that's the laser treatment you're talking about, but now hers is completely gone.

 
Old 08-15-2005, 06:38 AM   #8
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I have these and have had them since a child. Never drink alcohol. They were caused by freezing cheeks from being in the cold too long. The capilliaries are very close to the surface and when you use hot water on your face they are more prominent. However if you use tepid (luke warm or cool) they are not as prominent.Some DR say it is Rosacea but I do not think so. That looks different.That is a general redness and can be sore or little sores.
Yes laser will correct the problem but expensive. I use a concealer (opaic) and it works great. The skin on the surface of your face is very thin in the cheek area and my findings show that people who have broken capilliaries have thinner skin on their cheeks.

Hope this info helps all who suffer from this.

 
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