While there is currently no cure for rosacea, lasers are available to
efficiently manage its symptoms with innovative and precise treatments.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common, chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes blood vessels in your face to become visible, making you appear red or flushed. Rosacea may not be a serious medical skin condition at the onset, but it can make you feel self-conscious whenever your skin flares up and can worsen and lead to other severe problems if left untreated. The board-certified physicians at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York are world-renowned for their expertise in cosmetic treatments using the most effective techniques and treatments available today.
While chronic facial redness is the most common trait associated with rosacea, this is only one symptom of one type of rosacea. There are 4 subtypes of rosacea:
Subtype 1: Facial redness (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea)
- Flushing and persistent redness
- Visible blood vessels may also appear
Subtype 2: Bumps and pimples (papulopustular rosacea)
- persistent facial redness with bumps or pimples
- often seen following or with subtype 1
Subtype 3: Skin thickening (phymatous rosacea)
- Skin thickening and enlargement
- Usually around the nose (known as rhinophyma)
Subtype 4: Eye irritation (ocular rosacea)
- Watery or bloodshot appearance
- Irritation, burning, or stinging
Rosacea includes a complex range of symptoms that may often be misdiagnosed as other skin conditions such as acne, sunburn, eczema, and allergic reactions. It is important to seek medical advice from a board-certified dermatologist to get an accurate diagnosis.
Am I at Risk for Rosacea?
Approximately 16 million Americans have rosacea, and it most often affects people over the age of 30. Rosacea is more frequently diagnosed in women and those with fair skin, and 33% of patients have Irish heritage. Other ethnicities likely to develop rosacea are English, Scandinavian, Scottish, Welsh, or Eastern European.
Signs You Might Have Rosacea
Signs and symptoms of rosacea are most likely to occur on the face, head, and neck. In rare and more severe cases, however, it may affect other parts of the body. These signs are:
- Bumps or acne
- Visible blood vessels
- Eye irritation
- Stinging sensation
- Skin thickening
Treatments for Rosacea
Because rosacea is a chronic condition, it requires periodic treatments to keep symptoms in check. We offer a variety of laser treatments with topical and oral products as an adjunctive therapy to reduce the appearance of rosacea.
BBL – BroadBand Light™
The light energy delivered by BBL gently heats the inner layers of your skin. The absorbed heat in the targeted areas then stimulates skin cells to regenerate. This process can treat redness, broken vessels, and restore skin to a healthier, clearer condition. The treatments are gentle and can provide patients with long-lasting results. BBL treatments are generally quick and effective with very little downtime. The treatment comes with a cooling mechanism that allows for a more comfortable experience. Most patients can immediately return to work, resume their normal activities, and even wear makeup.
Excel V™ KTP
The Excel V offers two different lasers with treatment settings that we customize according to your skin tone or depth of target area to ensure an optimal outcome. When treating vascular concerns, the laser targets the blood to coagulate the vessel so it collapses. The body then reabsorbs the treated vessels over time, reducing facial redness. The system incorporates the latest innovations in cooling technologies, ensuring patient comfort and eliminating long-term side effects and downtime. This device is a good option for men and women who have vascular lesions or visible blood vessels they would like to eliminate.
Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL)
A pulsed dye laser also works by targeting the blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface. The laser energy goes directly into vessels or lesions. Due to the wavelength at which the laser operates, the pulsed dye laser can effectively treat the affected area without harming the surrounding skin and with little to no downtime. PDL is well-tolerated and highly effective in the treatment of rosacea, providing clearance of vessels and the improvement of overall skin condition. Pulsed dye laser procedures are usually recommended for men and women who have visible blood vessels, telangiectasia, or vascular lesions they would like to eliminate.
Vbeam Perfecta™ Pulsed Dye Laser
With an improved 595nm laser technology, the Vbeam Perfecta laser can treat larger and deeper blood vessels by delivering greater energy to the tissue. It offers a dramatic improvement in the treatment of blood vessels and facial redness with its ability to target the blood inside the vein without affecting the surrounding skin and tissue. The Vbeam utilizes dynamic cooling spray to help minimize discomfort. There is generally little to no downtime after treatment, making it easy to work a Vbeam procedure into your daily schedule.
The Vbeam Prima is a highly efficient pulsed dye laser that has dual wavelengths (595nm and 1064nm) and the advantage of a larger spot size, offering a complete and more optimized treatment even for persistent rosacea with larger vessels. Similar to other pulsed dye lasers, it delivers intense but gentle bursts of light into precisely targeted areas of the skin. The light is absorbed by specific blood vessels without harming healthy skin. With its efficient cooling system, the VBeam Prima gives a better and faster treatment experience overall. There is little to no downtime after the procedure, making it an ideal treatment for those with busy schedules.
Questions and Answers
Q: How long will my results last?
A: The results you achieve through our laser treatments can be very long-lasting. Any vessels or lesions that are eliminated are unlikely to return. However, you can develop new vessels over time, which may require additional procedures to maintain your clearer, more beautiful skin.
Q: How can I protect myself from developing rosacea?
A: Although our laser treatments help effectively clear up redness and the appearance of blood vessels and rosacea pustules, they can’t cure the disease. You can only help minimize your flare-ups by avoiding triggers such as:
- Sun exposure
- Emotional stress
- Hot weather
- Heavy exercise
- Alcohol consumption
- Hot baths
- Cold weather
- Spicy foods
- Indoor heat
- Certain skincare products
- Heated beverages
- Certain cosmetics
Q: Is it common for rosacea to make my skin feel sensitive?
A: Yes. It is common for skin to be sensitive because of rosacea. Sun exposure, sunscreen, makeup, and other topical products can aggravate the skin, especially for those with a lighter skin type.
Q: What sunscreens and facial cleansers should I be using on my rosacea?
A: For sunscreen, it’s not about the brand. Identifying active ingredients is more important. Avoid oxybenzone because it can cause allergic skin reactions and hormonal effects. Instead, look for zinc and titanium when selecting sunscreen products. Mineral sunscreens are also less irritating. Keep in mind that there is always going to be a bit of trial and error. The same applies to moisturizers. You don’t have to use expensive ones. Cetaphil, Neutrogena, CeraVe, Eucerin, and petroleum jelly are effective products to use.
Q: Is rosacea curable?
A: There is currently no permanent cure for rosacea, but treatment can control and reduce the signs and symptoms.
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