How Rosacea Laser Therapy Works
posted on 8/29/2010
If you’re one of the estimated 14 million Americans suffering from rosacea, you may be able to manage your symptoms by undergoing rosacea laser therapy. Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes significant reddening and swelling of the skin. Many people with rosacea find it difficult to manage the condition with topical skincare products, and the redness, dilated blood vessels and pimples progressively get worse.
If you are suffering from the effects of rosacea, you may be a good candidate for rosacea laser therapy. Get in touch with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to find out if rosacea laser treatments are right for you.
Different Types of Rosacea Laser Treatments
Many of today’s innovative lasers can help reduce dilated blood vessels, eliminate or reduce redness, and resolve the thickening of the skin on nose and cheeks, a common side effect of rosacea. Some of the most common lasers used to treat rosacea, include the:
- Pulsed dye laser
- Diode laser
- Nd:YAG laser
- CO2 laser
- Erbium:YAG Laser
Some lasers are more effective for minimizing blood vessels while others can reduce the burning and swelling associated with rosacea. The more intensive lasers can darken the skin and leave crusted spots, but these effects typically subside within a few days and weeks after the treatment.
Individuals who are not good candidates for common rosacea laser treatments may be better-suited for the intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment. This non-laser light treatment has been approved by the FDA for treating dilated blood vessels on the face, and can help to reduce flushing, persistent redness and breakouts associated with rosacea.
Benefits of Laser Rosacea Treatments
Laser treatments can be slightly uncomfortable but the discomfort is usually reduced with a numbing cream. When combined with a skincare plan, laser rosacea treatments can produce significant results and offer the following benefits:
- Relief from skin flushing
- Reduction in dilated blood vessels
- Fast recovery time
- Minimal pain during aftercare phases
- Removal or reduction of rosacea-induced thickening of the skin
- Significant improvements after just a single session
Most people see noticeable results after a series of treatments, and must stay out of direct sunlight in order to prevent further damage. Rosacea can be aggravated by sun exposure and the consumption of certain foods and beverages, so most patients need to make some lifestyle changes and adjustments in order to experience the best results from the treatment. Some patients need to undergo a series of several sessions in order to see significant results, especially if they are dealing with extensive thickening of the skin and excessive skin flushing.
Laser rosacea treatments are not typically covered by insurance, and you can expect to pay between $300 to $1,000 or more depending on the type of laser used and the number of sessions.
Learn more about rosacea treatments in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for laser rosacea therapy.