Rosacea Treatment at Skin Nerd
Rosacea is a chronic vascular disorder which affects the facial skin and eyes, and is present in up to 10% of the population. It is characterised by one or more of the following features, flushing, persistent redness, telangiectasia (broken capillaries), papules and pustules. Additional symptoms may include, stinging or burning sensations, plaques, dryness, oedema (swelling), phymatous (growth usually on the nose) or ocular changes.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition which the cause has not yet been determined. The condition has recurrent episodes of remission and flares. Flares are usually triggered by heat, physical exertion, emotional stress, medical conditions, weather, spicy foods, alcohol, certain drugs and some topical products.
It is vital for someone suffering with Rosacea to avoid the flare triggers where possible and to avoid astringents such as soaps, fragrance, scrubs, toners, masks, witch hazel, and acetone. It is advised to avoid topical application of steroids.
If suffering with Rosacea it is essential to consider a simple yet effective skincare routine avoiding certain ingredients that may trigger or contribute to the inflammation.
In recent years light therapies are being increasingly used to control the signs and symptoms of Rosacea. Lasers uses selective photothermolysis to destroy visible vessels by shutting down the vessel through coagulation and sparing the surrounding tissue.
LED therapy is also emerging as an alternative light based therapy for Rosacea, as the anti-inflammatory effects of the 633 wavelength or red light assists in prolonging remission episodes. In addition to Laser treatment, Clinical peels are also employed as an alternative treatment option to control the symptoms of Rosacea.
How many sessions will I need?
If you're looking for Rosacea treatment in Geelong, the number of sessions a patient needs to obtain optimal results will depend on: skin type, size of vessel, depth of vessel and the fluence (energy) required in treatment. On average, most patients will need a minimum of 4 – 6 treatment over a 12 month period.
1-2 treatments for minor capillary or Telangiectasia
What are the post treatment changes?
The vessels will either immediately disappear (though this may be disguised by general erythema created by heat, or coagulate (turn grey) or take 2 to 5 days to minimise or disappear with 6 weeks of post treatment healing beneath the surface.
All results are individual and will discussed as part of your treatment plan.
How do I maintain the results?
Treated vessels and/or new vessels may re-appear in the future, so a maintenance program may be recommended.