Key Benefits of Laser Rosacea Treatments

Dermatologists around the world have been using lasers to treat rosacea since the 1980s, but many of the original laser devices used for rosacea treatment ran a high risk of scarring and were not recommended for patients of certain skin types.

Today, there are more options for using laser therapy to manage and control rosacea, and more doctors are turning to intense pulsed light (IPL) to achieve better results. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set some very specific guidelines about what types of lasers can be used to treat skin problems such as rosacea, but there are more options available now than ever before. Here’s a close look at how laser rosacea treatments work, and what their key benefits are.

How Laser Rosacea Treatments Work

Laser rosacea treatments are designed to treat the persistent redness, dilated blood vessels and thickening of the skin on the nose and cheeks that are commonly associated with rosacea. Some lasers are effective for treating only the flushing and dilation of the blood vessels, while others are more effective at reducing the thickening of the skin.
The most effective lasers that can be used to treat rosacea include:
  • Pulsed Dye Laser
  • KTP Laser
  • Diode Laser
  • Nd:YAG Laser
  • CO2 Laser
  • Erbium: YAG Laser
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Laser treatment involves the application of a certain type of medication or serum over the skin, and then passing the laser beam over the treated. The heat or light energy from the laser helps to break down the damaged skin cells and can eradicate visible blood vessels. Lasers such as the diode laser, KTP laser and Nd:YAG laser are especially effective for breaking down blood vessels and are less likely to cause any type of bruising. The CO2 laser and erbium: YAG laser are more effective at reducing skin thickness on the nose and cheek area, and can also be used to improve the contours of the nose.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) lasers, the newest and sometimes most effective type of treatment for rosacea, uses a non-laser light source to treat blood vessels on the face and reduce rosacea’s flushing effects. IPL devices have received FDA approval for treating fine dilated blood vessels on the face.

Skin Benefits of Laser Rosacea Treatments

Laser rosacea treatments offer a number of benefits for patients who are suffering from the effects of rosacea and want to get their skin under control. Some of the key skin benefits of laser rosacea treatments include:
  • Reduces redness around the cheeks and forehead
  • Eliminates or reduces visibility of blood vessels
  • Improves texture and tone of the skin
  • Reduces the effects of skin thickening
  • Helps to clear up scars and any breakouts
  • Can increase collagen production to produce healthier skin
Laser therapy is not suitable for all patients, and those who have a medical condition such as insulin-dependent diabetes, a clotting disorder, or those with a suntan are not good candidates for laser or light skin treatments.
Learn more about skin rejuvenation treatments in our information guide, or consult with a dermatologist in your area to find out if you are a good candidate for laser rosacea treatments.