What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin disorder that is characterised by facial redness, flushing, pimples, bumps and ‘broken’ capillaries on the face. It is best managed using a combination of dietary and lifestyle modifications, 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 associated with Rosacea. Lasers complement and augment the place of antibiotics in reducing the inflammatory redness that’s associated with pimples and pustules.
Without treatment, rosacea may progress to permanently damaging the skin, coarse thickening, enlargement of the nose (rhinophyma), and worsening of redness and facial capillaries.
Resurfacing lasers are effective for treating nasal enlargement, 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 blood vessels. Once absorbed, this light is converted to heat that heats 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 experience,
These treatments are quick and effective, with minimal side effects or downtime, and provide 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 therefore treat only red blemishes in the skin, but do so very precisely and efficiently. IPL on the other hand produces light that contains a band of different wavelengths which collectively target a variety of red as well as brown skin blemishes.
At Heber Davis, we use both IPL and laser, often in conjunction, to achieve the best outcomes. In our experience, lasers more effectively target larger, visible blood vessels, whilst IPL is often best for finer veins and diffuse redness. We match the most appropriate technology to each patient’s particular concerns to ensure we achieve the best results.
The “next generation” IPL installed at Heber Davis is called Broadband light (BBL.) BBL spans a broader spectrum of light than traditional IPLs which allows 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 initially to bring your rosacea under control. Because Rosacea cannot be cured, maintenance treatments may be necessary at infrequent intervals to maintain your
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. As well you can view photos of how you might look during your recovery.
- Protective eye shields are 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.
- 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, similar to that produced by a vigorous workout, but 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 removed, capillaries usually do not recur though new vessels can occur spontaneously as part of your ongoing Rosacea.
How do I look after my skin?
Is treatment painful?
Treatments are quick, typically taking not more than a few minutes. Whilst you will experience a definite sensation, local anaesthesia is rarely needed. Laughing gas is available if required.
What are the side effects of IPL/ laser treatment?
Your may experience redness, swelling or bruising for a few minutes, hours or days, depending on the intensity of your treatment.
Contraindications to treatment:
- Pregnancy. Though no specific complications are anticipated, we prefer not to treat pregnancy women.
- 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.