Laser Rosacea Treatment
Rosacea is a chronic but common skin condition. Many people who suffer from rosacea are not aware that this is the condition they have but it affects up to 10% of the population. Rosacea usually affects the face, cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, causing redness and the formation of small, pus-filled bumps similar to acne. It can occasionally spread further to the neck, chest, scalp or ears.
Rosacea can affect men but more commonly appears for fair-skinned women ranging from 30 to 60 years old. It is most frequent in people with a family history of the condition and often appears for the first time during menopause.
Triggers of Rosacea
The specific causes of rosacea are unknown but a combination of hereditary and environmental factors can be a contributing factor. Symptoms of rosacea, which can be recurring, may be triggered by the following:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Anger, embarrassment or stress
- Corticosteroids (such as prednisone)
- Hot baths or saunas
- Hot or spicy food or drink
- Medications that dilate blood vessels
- Strenuous exercise
- Sunlight and extreme temperatures
A simple physical examination of the patient’s skin and face can diagnosis rosacea. In order to rule out other conditions, such as eczema or lupus, tests are occasionally administered.
Stages of Rosacea Symptoms
Symptoms will come and go, they flare up for weeks or months, then fade for a period of time. The flare-ups tend to worsen as the condition progresses, and can be distinguished into four stages.
- Pre-rosacea symptoms include frequent blushing, which then becomes a consistent redness to the face.
- Vascular rosacea symptoms involve small blood vessel swelling, commonly referred to as spider veins, around the nose and cheeks. Patients can also experience oily skin and dandruff.
- Inflammatory rosacea beings when small bumps or pustules develop and spread across the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin.
- Late rosacea is the most advanced phase, during which all earlier symptoms can be present and are intensified.
In addition to these above symptoms, rosacea can spread to different areas and cause a variation of rosacea. If your condition spreads to your eyes or eyelids it results in ocular rosacea. This will cause different symptoms than above and includes dry, red, swollen or irritated eyes. Rosacea can also spread to your nose which causes rhinophyma. This will make the nose appear enlarged and bulbous. While rosacea primarily occurs in women this type of rosacea is most often experienced by men.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea but there are several treatments available that relieve symptoms and prevent future flare-ups. Through a consultation at SKIN Medical Spa, patients can likely pinpoint at least some of their triggers, and learn to avoid them.
Rosacea is often left untreated when patients have a mild case or can use makeup to disguise the redness. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, treatment may involve one or several of these solutions. Patients can take oral medications or apply topical ointments for rosacea on their skin. If you suffer from ocular rosacea, when rosacea spreads to the eyes, a doctor may prescribe steroid drops. Patients who are not having success with other options or prefer to choose a surgical option there is electrosurgery or laser therapy.
Laser Treatment for rosacea
At SKIN Medical Spa we offer technologically advanced VBeam. This process requires multiple treatments but will substantially reduce and eliminate the redness and flushing associated with rosacea.
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