You've all seen my face many times and will know what I mean when I mention it. I have a blemish on the side of my nose, it's practically impossible to cover it up with makeup and it's flummoxed many SAs at counters who have tried to conceal it over the years. I refer to it as a vascular blemish, I don't know if that's the correct term but I guess it's my way of asserting it's not a spot! Mr MB has made the mistake of calling it a spot before and regretted it!
|I know it's a weird angle but it demonstrates the blemish I'm talking about quite well.|
I can't really remember when it appeared, I haven't had it all my life but it has been there and niggling me for at least six years now. It looks like a capillary that has bulged through and raised the skin around it. It has a very red appearance because it's connected to the circulatory system and it's the red colour that makes it particularly hard to disguise. I can usually soften the appearance but not cover it completely. I'm embarrassed to admit that on occasion I have just airbrushed it out of photos.
When I started looking into treatments for hyperpigmentation, I came across mentions of treatments for vascular blemishes and I realised it might actually be possible to airbrush it out in a more permanent way. I asked Lesley Reynolds Khan at the Harley Street Skin Clinic what treatment she would recommend for removing this kind of blemish.
"Laser treatment can be used, especially in the case of smaller spider veins where a needle would not be appropriate. The treatment involves directing intense light directly at the veins. This causes the blood within them to coagulate and the blood is then diverted to veins deeper below the surface of the skin where it should be. You may need 3 sessions of treatment a month apart and must use sunscreen post treatment. Sclerotherapy is recommended for treatment of thread veins on the legs."
I'm currently pondering whether I should just go for it and get it removed. It is in such a prominent area of my face it would be lovely to make it disappear. I do realise that it makes me sound vain to worry about such a small thing but at the same time people do comment on it. My children included. Have you ever considered cosmetic treatment for something you see as a 'fault' on your face or body? Or do you think these 'faults' add character? I'd love to know what you think.