Laser Rosacea Treatment
What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic but common skin condition. Many people who suffer from rosacea are not aware that they have the condition. Surprisingly, it affects about 10% of the population. Rosacea can appear on the face, cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, and causes redness and the formation of small, pus-filled bumps similar to acne. It can occasionally spread further to the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Leading to a feeling of self-consciousness for the people experiencing it.
Rosacea can affect men but more commonly appears for fair-skinned women between the ages of 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. However, some women still experience the skin condition at a much younger age.
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
How To Diagnose Rosacea
Before going to the doctor, it is always a good idea to keep track of your symptoms. As there is no specific test for rosacea, a simple physical examination of the patient’s skin and face can diagnosis the skin condition. By looking at the skin and evaluating family history, it is easy to diagnose rosacea. In order to rule out other conditions, such as eczema or lupus, tests are occasionally administered.
What Are The 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.
Can Rosacea Symptoms Spread?
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. If you suffer from ocular rosacea, when rosacea spreads to the eyes, a doctor may prescribe steroid drops.
Laser Treatment for rosacea
Patients who are not having success with other options or prefer a surgical route can do electrosurgery or laser therapy. 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.