Rosacea is a common skin disease that causes red pimples, rosy cheeks, redness on your forehead and nose and noticeable blood vessels on your face. This condition can affect anyone, but it is most common in fair-skinned women. Spicy foods, citrus fruits, stress, hot baths and alcohol can trigger or worsen Rosacea, in some people. There is no cure for this condition, at this time, but it can be effectively managed. Intense pulsed light (IPL) laser treatments have shown success in the treatment of Rosacea. In 1995, intense pulsed light laser therapy was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treated tiny, dilated blood vessels in the face caused by Rosacea. It is important to note that although IPL laser treatments can be highly beneficial for those who have Rosacea, it is still a chronic condition that requires professional medical care.
In other words, it is important that you continue to see your dermatologist and follow your prescribed treatment plan. Consult with your physician before scheduling IPL laser treatments. It is important to note that you will more than likely need several treatments to achieve a significant improvement in your appearance. Furthermore, research studies indicate that lighter skinned people, who limit their sun exposure, have the best long-term outcomes. IPL treatments can cost between $200.00 and $4,000.00, per session. If you are interested in using IPL laser treatments to help manage your condition – you have come to the right place. This article will help you say goodbye to Rosacea.
Intense Pulsed Light
Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a safe, non-ablative and non-invasive treatment that protects your healthy skin from damage and encourages healing. During treatment sessions, high pulses of light (laser energy) are applied to the skin to promote collagen formation. Intense pulsed light resembles a series of camera flashes. It is important to note that IPL is not a traditional laser light. Traditional lasers typically produce one wavelength of intense light, while IPL produces a wide spectrum of lights.
Rosacea & IPL Laser Treatments
Can IPL laser treatments help my Rosacea? Yes! Intense pulsed light (IPL) laser treatments can reduce blood vessel dilation and redness commonly associated with Rosacea. This process is medically referred to as photo rejuvenation. The goal of this treatment is to help you achieve a clearer complexion and a healthier, more youthful appearance. IPL laser treatments work by targeting vascular lesions under your skin (i.e. nose, forehead and cheeks). This treatment not only delivers various wavelengths of light to the deeper layers of your skin, it also emits light to your microscopic blood vessels – without causing damage to healthy cells and skin.
One of the first things you will want to do before having your first IPL laser treatment for Rosacea is to meet with a dermatologist. During this consultation, you will be able to learn more about the treatment process and follow-up care. This is also a good time to talk to your physician about your concerns and expectations. Your physician will walk your through the treatment process. He/she will explain that the laser will pass through the affected vascular tissue, causing the diseased and/or damaged skin to disintegrate and prompting your body to produce new collagen. Your dermatologist will also inform you that you may need a few sessions before you achieve significant results. It is important to note, that in cases of Rosacea, each treatment may be stronger and/or more aggressive than the last one.
The good thing about IPL laser treatments for Rosacea is that there is relatively no “down time” associated with them. In other words, you are able to resume your normal activities in no time at all. In addition, because this type of laser treatment is not ablative, you will not experience severe pain or the “singed” look associated with some traditional laser treatments. It is important to follow your physician’s instructions and return for follow-up appointments. It is also imperative that you protect your skin from sun exposure, following the treatment. Moreover, do not be alarmed if the treatment area swells after the procedure – this is normal. The swelling should subside within a few days. Moisturize your skin on a daily basis and refrain from using scented soaps or scrubs. Do not use lotions or creams that contain Retin-A or alpha hydroxy. Lastly, wear sunblock/sunscreen any time you venture outside.
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Schroeter, C. A., Haaf-von Below, S. & Neumann, H. A. (2005). Effective treatment of rosacea using intense pulsed light systems. Dermatologic Surgery, 10, 1285-1289. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16188180?dopt=Abstract
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