Rosacea is a skin condition that is very difficult to live with for those who suffer from it. The condition involves a redness which is usually found around the forehead, nose, and cheeks. The redness will often develop from a flushed appearance, to involving small blood vessels, swelling, and acne like bumps. The frustrating thing about rosacea is that it will flare up and will be aggravated by simple lifestyle factors. Alcohol, stress, and sun exposure are a few of the most common triggers. Medications and ointments can help to manage the rosacea in the short term, but do not lead to a solid management of the condition in the long term.
Combination Therapy using Laser and Chemical Peels
With Rosacea Therapy and Management, we recommend a combination treatment to maximise results using both Phototherapy and Medical Grade Chemical peels, to achieve dormancy. This is the latest in gold standard treatment of the condition.
The Laser Therapy part of the treatment uses Nd:YAG, which is able to target both the small rosacea outbreaks and the larger more severe episodes. The Fotona Laser will only target the affected tissue, and will ideally leave the surrounding skin untreated. The heat of the laser light passes harmoniously through the skin and is absorbed by the affected blood vessel. The heat of the laser is then able to eliminate the rosacea at a cellular level, and utilises the immune system to carry away the cellular waste. Reports of this treatment have shown improvement in 73% of patients after 30 days, and 80% in 3 months.
The Medical Grade Chemical Peel is designed to calm the affected areas, taking away redness and inflammation and helping along the rotation of skin cells to help combat the condition. This is ideal between laser treatments to ensure good result, as well as quickening the time taken to achieve the desired state. The Chemical Peel is a Salicylic Acid Peel at 5% which is ideal for Rosacea sufferers.
There are normally 4 of each of the treatments required (four laser sessions and four chemical peels) this of course depends on the extent of the condition and the body’s natural reaction to the therapy, as each and every Rosacea case is different from the next.
The recommended frequency would be once each two weeks, alternating between a Chemical Peel, then two weeks later the Laser Therapy and so on.
Prior to Your Visit
Every person wishing to be treated at Border Medical Laser & Aesthetics will require an appointment with our laser consultant. At this appointment you can ask as many questions as you like to advance your understanding of the treatment. There will be a medical questionnaire to be filled out about your health and medications. Some health conditions and medications will unfortunately exempt you from laser treatment. A patch test will be performed on your skin to ensure the laser settings are suitable for you. Four to seven days after your patch test, we will commence your laser treatment.
Before laser therapy, it is very important that you keep your face away from sun exposure. This is crucial both before and after the treatment. The lasers work on providing a specific heat at a specific depth in your tissue to produce a desired end point. This end point can be exacerbated if exposed to sun and can cause unwanted side effects.
How Many Treatments Will Be Required?
Unfortunately, Rosacea is one of those conditions that can never be ‘cured’ but can be managed. Laser therapy is the gold standard management practice for Rosacea. Every person is an individual, and their Rosacea characteristics and response will be individual too. The average number of laser sessions required is between two and four, and this involves a 2- to 4-week rest period between treatments.
What Can I Expect After My Rosacea Laser Treatment?
There is no complex post-laser regime to follow after your treatment. Your skin may feel warm for a few hours after your treatment, but should not bother you. You are able to resume your normal daily activities. Reducing direct sun exposure remains important during the next week, with the regular use of sunscreen.