Laser Treatments for Rosacea
If your cheeks are always rosy and flushed, it may be more than you think. Rosacea is a skin condition that affects millions of people in the US. Rosacea is an annoying skin disorder that cannot be cured, but there are various treatments, including laser therapy that can be used to manage it. But are laser treatments for rosacea the best option to reduce its appearance?
Rosacea is a disease that affects the skin causing redness, flushing, and inflammation. In the early stages, most people notice a slight redness on the cheeks that eventually spreads to other parts of the face, and sometimes to the chest and back. Rosacea symptoms include redness, flushing, telangiectasia (broken blood vessels), swollen red bumps, irritated eyes and an enlarged nose. Everyone may not have all the symptoms, and different symptoms often occur together giving rise to a number of subtypes of the disorder.
Unfortunately, not everyone gets the correct diagnosis right away, and some people often end up down a wrong path trying all sorts of cosmetic products that only makes their condition worse. That’s why it’s so important to visit a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis, as soon as these symptoms appear.
There are several theories regarding the cause of rosacea, but medical researchers are still unsure about the exact cause. Nevertheless, there seems to be links between rosacea symptoms and abnormal blood vessels. They have also identified a number of triggers including environmental factors, foods such as chocolate, beans, and dairy, stress, medical conditions, and physical exertion.
Are Laser Treatments Best to Reduce the Appearance of Rosacea?
There are several treatments that can be used to reduce rosacea symptoms, but laser therapy for Rosacea is considered the most effective. Lasers are able to treat broken blood vessels, thereby reducing extensive redness and flushing associated with the condition.
How Lasers Treat Rosacea Symptoms
The laser energy is absorbed by the blood vessels, and the heat from this destroys the lining of the vessels. As a result, there is a gradual reduction in redness as you treat the vessels. There are also other lasers that can treat symptoms such as thickness around the nose and cheeks. These lasers are able to get rid of the excess tissue.
It generally takes a course of 2-6 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart, to see optimal results with laser therapy. Not everyone responds to treatment in the same way, based on their skin type, some people require more sessions.
What to Expect
The skin will be swollen, red, and sore after laser therapy, but this generally subsides after 24 hours. Some clients also experience bruising and peeling, which can last for up to 2 weeks.
How Effective is Laser Treatment for Rosacea
Laser therapy treats the visible blood vessels, and they usually disappear within 2-3 weeks. Most patients who have undergone the procedure experience a 40-60% reduction in redness and flushing by the end of the second treatment. The improvements last for months or years in some cases. However, if new blood vessels appear in the future, it may warrant follow-up treatments. Laser therapy has helped many people with rosacea look better, as it provides well-needed relief from some common symptoms.
Are you a Good Candidate?
If you have tried other treatments for your rosacea symptoms and have had little success, you may be a good candidate for laser therapy. However, you will need to have an evaluation done by a dermatologist, to determine your suitability.
If you need help to manage the symptoms of rosacea, it’s important to choose a provider that can tailor laser treatment based on your specific needs. This will be necessary because the number of sessions will vary depending on your skin type, and the severity of your symptoms.
Clients in New Haven, CT can contact experienced board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Langdon, at the Langdon Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Guilford, CT for help with rosacea.
Call us today at 844-551-9880 to schedule a consultation, or do so online at http://www.langdoncenter.com/contact-connecticut-cosmetic-surgeon/.