Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects over 16 million Americans. Although it isn’t a danger to your health, the side effects and symptoms it subjects people to can make anyone self-conscious. It’s a skin condition that causes blood vessels in the face to be visible. This gives the illusion that the skin is always flushed and/or red. This can show up commonly as patches or as small bumps filled with pus.
Even though a lot of individuals feel demoralized and disheartened by Rosacea, laser treatments bring hope and relief. Although there are many medications and home remedies you can find available today, to find relief for every symptom usually doesn’t work. Symptoms such as redness, flushing, and skin thickening around the nose, can be symptoms hard to remedy.
Many people struggle with these symptoms and many of them are desperate to find an answer.
If you’ve been struggling with these symptoms or anything else you feel is disheartening, then laser treatments for Rosacea may be for you.
Pulsed-Dye Lasers For Redness
There are many different kinds of lasers that can be used to treat the complexion that comes synonymous with Rosacea. But the most common and most effective laser is the Pulsed Dye Laser or PDL laser. Also known as Cyosure, V Beam, and V-Star.
This laser targets and destroys the lining of inflamed skin when red blood cells absorb the laser light. By targeting visible blood vessels, it helps greatly reduce redness. Dye is used to make the lasers different colors which targets to reduce the look of redness from inflammation.
Laser therapy doesn’t involve a one treatment-fixes-all solution. Laser treatment for Rosacea normally takes a few for it to, well, take. Depending on your severity and symptoms, laser therapy may take anywhere from two to eight treatments, six weeks apart, to start to see results.
Your results depend on the type of symptoms, skin types and the response a patient has to laser treatment therapy. Some patients don’t need as many treatments as others.
A majority of patients report that they definitely notice a reduction in redness and visible blood vessels. Studies show that these patients undergoing laser treatment for Rosacea saw a 40 to 60% improvement in their skin and symptoms after the second treatment. How’s that for a solution?
CO2 Lasers For Skin Thickening
Laser therapies that are meant to treat excess or thickening skin around the face (mostly the nose) are different from the PDL lasers. All dermatologists tackle this symptom differently. However, many dermatologists are known to use a carbon dioxide or CO2 laser. Also called ablative lasers. This laser helps eliminate thick skin and contour areas like the nose. By targeting water in excess tissue it eliminates the skin build up on the surface, safely. This lasers aim to reshape parts of your face that have scarring or been enlarged by Rosacea.
These types of sessions take a couple of treatments, four to eight weeks apart, for significant results. A common result is much smoother looking skin. However, the earlier you talk to your dermatologist about thickening skin, the better the results. If the problem advances, it becomes more difficult to treat.
Possible Side Effects With Laser Treatment For Rosacea
The side effects of both lasers are minimal on average. Because the treatments are lasers on the surface of the skin (or removing excess tissue like the C02 laser) you may find that you are swollen, itchy, tight in the skin, red, or sore the next day. These side effects are temporary and resolve on their own within a few days. Some patients have experienced bruising, and in rarer cases, crusting, discoloration and scarring can develop. If your face appears burned or you experience more severe symptoms, speak to your doctor about your side effects.
Although it is not a cure, laser treatment for Rosacea can permanently target the symptoms that are visible. The American Academy of Dermatologists have reported that these lasers produce excellent results with patients seeing a 50 to 75% reduction in symptoms after a couple of treatments. Which can last up to five years. Awesome, huh?
If you have been diagnosed with Rosacea, there is treatment available! With advanced technology today, lasers are capable of treating the unsightly effects this condition can have. From dilated blood vessels, persistent redness, and thickening skin, finding improvement in just one laser treatment procedure can be significant. And after two treatments, a 50% reduction in redness, flushing, itching, burning, dry skin, and swelling. All while improving your quality of life with laser treatments for Rosacea.
Call Dr. Balshi in Delray Beach, FL About Laser Treatment For Rosacea
Rosacea or “adult acne” is a chronic, progressive condition of the central face involving the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Over 16 million Americans suffer from the condition. If left untreated, Rosacea tends to worsen over time.
If you’re looking to treat your Rosacea symptoms, contact Balshi Dermatology, a board-certified dermatologist in Delray Beach, who can help you regain your skin and confidence back. Call us at (561) 272-6000 or send us a message on our Contact Page to set up your appointment.