Having skin that breaks out into red blotches can be terrible for your self-esteem. Let us boost your confidence with our professional rosacea treatment in our Sydney clinic. Your skin will be clearer and your self-esteem will be restored.
Rosacea treatment involves a course of 1 to 3 30 minute vascular laser treatments in our Sydney clinic. This treatment feels like rubber bands are hitting the skin. Antibiotic gel or tablets may also be used for this treatment.
There is a possibility of short term swelling or bruising in the aftermath of our rosacea treatment. Makeup may be worn the next day.
Prices start at $250 (Medicare rebates may apply)
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin disorder that is can cause you to have facial redness, flushing, pimples, bumps, and ‘broken’ capillaries. You can manage it with dietary and lifestyle changes, medical grade skin care, and appropriate laser treatment. Though Rosacea cannot be “cured”, a combination of these treatments can usually keep it under control. READ MORE
Role of Lasers and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) in treatment of Rosacea.
Lasers and IPL are highly effective at reducing redness, flushing, visible capillaries and star burst blood vessels that are associated with Rosacea. These lasers work to reduce the inflammatory redness that is associated with pimples and pustules.
If you do not seek treatment, rosacea can eventually permanently damage your skin, resulting in coarse thickening of the skin, enlargement of the nose (rhinophyma), and worsening of redness and facial capillaries.
Resurfacing lasers are effective for treating nasal enlargement, which is also known as rhinophyma or ‘potato’ nose.
How do these treatments work for Rosacea?
Lasers and IPLs emit a specific wavelength of light that is selectively absorbed by the haemoglobin in your blood vessels. Once it is absorbed, this light is converted to heat that warms up the vessel walls, injuring them and causing them eventually to collapse and fade. The fewer facial blood vessels you have, the less redness and flushing you will see, These rosacea treatments are quick and effective, with minimal side effects or downtime. You will see a gradual, natural-looking, and long lasting improvement.
What’s the difference between IPL and laser?
Vascular lasers produce light energy of one wavelength that is only absorbed by blood. These lasers only treat red blemishes in the skin, but do so very precisely and efficiently. IPL produces light that contains a band of different wavelengths that collectively target a variety of red and brown skin blemishes.
At Heber Davis, we are a well-reputed Sydney clinic that use both IPL and laser, often together, to achieve the best outcomes for your skin. In our experience, lasers are better at targeting larger, visible blood vessels, whilst IPL is often best for finer veins and diffuse redness. We will match the most appropriate technology to each patient’s particular concerns to ensure that we achieve the best results.
The “next generation” IPL that is installed at Heber Davis is called Broadband light (BBL.) BBL spans a broader spectrum of light than traditional IPLs, allowing for more precise treatment and greater flexibility in the range of conditions treated.
How many treatments will I need?
A short course of treatments is usually required to bring your rosacea under control. Because Rosacea cannot be cured, maintenance treatments may be needed at infrequent intervals to maintain your skin.
What happens during an IPL / laser treatment?
- Your doctor will review your medial history, discuss your concerns, photograph the area to be treated, and decide on the best treatment plan for you. Antibiotic gel or tablets may be prescribed to complement and augment the results of your laser treatment.
- You may view before and after photos of other patients’ outcomes to give you a realistic expectation of your own result. You can also view photos of how you might look during your recovery.
- Protective eye shields will be worn throughout your treatment.
- Treatment is non-invasive and feels like a series of quick stings, similar to a rubber band flicking on your skin.
- You will experience a sensation of heat that may persist for a few minutes after treatment. You will be provided with an ice pack that will calm the area almost immediately.
What should I expect after IPL / laser treatment?
Your treated skin will be flushed, almost as if you have just had a vigorous workout. Your skin will typically return to normal within a few hours. You may experience swelling under the eyes if the upper cheeks have been treated and bruising can sometimes occur. Makeup may be worn immediately.
Final results may take up to a month to become apparent. Once they are removed, capillaries usually do not recur. At the same time, new vessels can occur spontaneously as part of your ongoing Rosacea.
How do I look after my skin?
Is treatment painful?
Treatments are quick a typically last just a few minutes. While you will experience a definite sensation, local anaesthesia is rarely needed. Laughing gas will be available if required.
What are the side effects of IPL/ laser treatment?
You may experience redness, swelling or bruising for a few minutes, hours or days, depending on the intensity of your treatment.
Contraindications to treatment:
- Active cold sores or other infections in the areas to be treated
- Moles or suspicious lesions should be referred to a dermatologist.
- Use of Roaccutane (oral acne medication) in the last 12 months.
- Recent tanning, either natural or artificial, interferes with the absorption of light into pigment. Treatment should be delayed until your tan has faded.
Keloid scarring, connective tissue disease, immunosuppression or autoimmune disorders, vitiligo, or uncontrolled diabetes may be contraindications for this treatment. Your suitability for treatment will be assessed at your initial consultation.