Rosacea

Rosacea is a disorder of the face that results in redness, prominent blood vessels, swelling of pores, and skin eruptions similar to acne. Also called "adult acne", the cause of rosacea is unknown. It occurs most often in fair skinned people, particularly those who blush easily. Women are more commonly affected, although men are more severely affected. Symptoms usually begin to appear between ages 30 to 50, and the disorder is most often seen in middle-aged or older people.

The signs of rosacea are:

  • Redness of the face or cheeks similar to a rash
  • A tendency to flush or blush easily
  • Increased vascularity (broken capillaries) of the face
  • A red, often enlarged nose
  • Acne-like skin eruptions
  • A burning or stinging sensation of the face

While rosacea cannot be cured, its symptoms can be controlled and your appearance can be treated. The best way to control rosacea is to avoid the triggering events such as prolonged periods of sun exposure, nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol. Heat and rich foods can also contribute to the effects of rosacea. While topical creams may help control rosacea, the best way to improve your appearance is with light-based treatments such as lasers.

How Rosacea laser treatment works

a) Veins lying too close to the skin surface cause red lesions
b) The vessels absorbs the light and is heated
c) The vessel is destroyed and quickly clears.

Treatments must be individualised depending on the severity of your condition and the symptoms you want treated. At The Hampshire Laser Clinic, our doctor will design a treatment plan to meet your needs. The redness, broken capillaries, and enlarged blood vessels can often be reduced in only a few visits.

Rosacea laser treatment

How does the treatment work?
Advanced Fluorescent Technology and laser systems release precisely controlled strong pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by the blood vessel, heating it to a point where it is destroyed. Following treatment the vessels quickly clear and are absorbed by the body leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.

How does the treatment feel?
No anaesthesia is required and most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very quick hot pin prick.

Which types of veins can be treated?
Facial thread veins, Rosacea, Spider Naevi, Port Wine Stains, and lLeg Veins up to 3mm in diameter (by laser)

How is the treatment carried out?
You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin. The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area moisturised.

Are there any side effects?
Redness and a warm sensation are normal after treatment. A cool pack may be applied to ease these symptoms. The vessels should fade quickly, and some disappear immediately.

Am I suitable for treatment?
The fairer the skin, the easier the treatment. The best response is seen with small thread veins, spider naevi and rosacea. If there are any areas of broken skin treatment has to be delayed mtd the area has completely healed.

How long does each treatment take?
Treatments typically take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and size of lesion.

How many treatments are necessary?
Typically 1 -5 treatments are needed for maximum results, spaced approximately every 4 to 6 weeks.

What is the cost?

The cost of each treatment varies. The cost is directly associated with the time it takes to treat certain areas. At the Hampshire Laser Clinic, we can offer very competitive and affordable laser treatments because we only use fast, state of the art lasers. Please use our contact form or call us on- 01420 52 00 33 (Bentley Clinic) or 01483 23 36 53 (Woking Clinic) for specific costs or general enquiries.

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