Rosacea affects up to 16 million people in the United States, and laser rosacea therapy is considered by many dermatologists to be the primary treatment for the main symptoms, which are extensive redness, visible blood vessels (telangiectasia) and an enlarged nose (rhinophyma). Certain medications may also be used to help maintain the remission and manage the pustules and papules that go along with rosacea.
The four subtypes of rosacea are:
- Facial redness
- Bumps and pimples
- Enlargement of the nose
- Eye irritation
Laser rosacea therapy uses certain wavelengths of light to target the small visible vessels that are just under the surface of the skin. The light turns into heat when it is absorbed by the vessels and disintegrates them. When you have a consultation with our specialist, your rosacea will be examined and you will be told your best options. In most cases, a series of treatments are needed to get the best results. The treatments are spaced a set amount of time apart.
Different types of lasers may be used in laser rosacea therapy. The laser used will depend on the unique situation. Treating the outward symptoms of rosacea with laser therapy is much less uncomfortable than previous treatment options. While the appearance of rosacea may be reduced, the underlying cause may still be there. Bouts of rosacea may be triggered by an outside source. Some of the most common triggers for rosacea are:
- Spicy food
- Exposure to direct sunlight
- Excessive exercise
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Hot drinks
- Certain makeup products
- Heat from a sauna or hot bath
- Cold weather and wind
If you have rosacea, it may be worth examining your lifestyle to see if you are promoting any triggers. Medical experts do not know the cause of rosacea, but there are some conditions that are seen in most cases, including:
- Family history of rosacea
- Fair skin and blue eyes
- Between the ages of 30 to 50
- History of severe acne, including cysts or nodules
More women get rosacea than men, but more men get severe rosacea than women. However, people of any skin color can get rosacea. Children can even get it.
If you have any type of rosacea, there may be hope that the outward symptoms can be treated. Laser rosacea therapy is considered the standard for treating most types of rosacea. During a consultation at Supriya Aesthetic Dermatology, you can get all the facts about this treatment. For your convenience, we have offices in West Palm Beach and Jupiter. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more!