What is rosacea and skin redness
Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition that makes the face red and can cause swelling and spot outbreaks that look like acne.
Rosacea is caused by the swelling of the blood vessels that are situated just beneath the skin.This leads to associated symptoms of redness of the face,blushing or flushing easily,an increased number of spidery veins (telangliectasia) on the face,red nose,skin spots and sores and a burning or stinging feeling on the skin.
Although rosacea is a harmless condition,it may reduce the confidence in those who have it,thus affecting their lives in a negative way.
Left untreated, rosacea tends to worsen over time and can often be mistaken for acne and allergic reactions
While there is no cure for rosacea,laser treatment can control and dramatically reduce its signs and symptoms.The IPL laser treatment offered at Laser solutions will greatly reduce the appearance of any residual redness,destroy the bacteria that cause spots and swelling and clear small spider veins.
When blood vessels are targeted with the right type of light, they heat up and are destroyed within a few thousandths of one second,which is why the treatment is so successful.
Before and after photos (after 1 treatment)
How does laser skin treatment work?
The flash-lamp in the unique Laser I2PL system produces light that is carefully filtered to ensure that only light with the correct characteristics (wavelengths) is allowed to reach your skin. The light that is allowed through has been chosen because it is the sort that natural body substances respond to. Diffuse redness contains a substance called haemoglobin. When cells containing a lot of haemoglobin are hit with the right type of light, they heat up and disappear within a few thousandths of one second.
Can I be treated for Rosacea or Skin Redness?
As the treatment is based on light absorption in haemoglobin, those patients with light skin tend to need less treatment than patients with darker skin types. The lighter the skin, the more pronounced the contrast between the blood vessels and the skin, making treatment results quicker. However our lasers have pre-programmed settings for different skin colours that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion.
How long does a Laser treatment take?
The glass prism within the Laser applicator that guides the light to the skin is 10mm by 48mm, so a large area can be targeted in one flash of light. A full-face treatment takes less than 20 minutes. You should expect a total of 1-3 treatments before you obtain the desired results.
Does Laser skin treatment hurt?
No anaesthetics are required, and many patients describe the discomfort as a warming sensation similar to the feeling one has after a day on the beach. The lighter the skin colour, the less discomfort.
Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
The light used is completely safe, visible light. Potentially harmful wavelengths are removed by the unique Laser Dual Mode Filtering system. Since tanning takes place by accumulation of pigment (melanin) in the skin, it is, however, important to avoid tanning (sun, solarium or self-tanning cream) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective.
Generally, no post-treatment care is necessary. But people with sensitive skin may benefit from applying an ice pack to the face immediately after treatment or applying an ointment prescribed by the doctor. Furthermore, it is recommended to use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 60) for a few weeks following treatment.
What change in rosacea/skin redness can I expect?
Within 30 minutes of treatment the skin will appear much calmer than before as the heat from the treatment process leaves the skin and reduced redness is apparent.Patients are generally pleasantly surprised and often remark on how they didn’t expect to see improvement so quickly. After that you will find that your skin looks smoother and fresher. Patients are recommended to have a further treatment if they have a rosacea flare up at anytime in the future.
How can I be sure Laser is safe and effective?
Clinical trials documenting lasers’ safety and effectiveness are carried out by leading doctors prior to the release of the product. The results of these tests are then published in respected, refereed medical journals. You are welcome to view these scientific papers on the Ellipse website at www.ellipse.org. The settings used for your treatment will be based on the settings recommended by the clinicians who carried out the clinical trials.
See above for before and after rosacea & skin redness photos when using Ellipse’s IPL laser treatment.