Rosacea is a common but poorly understood chronic disorder of the facial skin that is most prevalent in fair-skinned women. It typically appears after the age of 30. Rosacea starts as a redness or flushing on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead which may come and go. It may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp, and ears. Over time, symptoms worsen as the redness becomes ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue.
How is rosacea treated?
While there is no cure for rosacea, its appearance can be dramatically reduced through laser treatment and with the correct skin care regimen. People who suffer from rosacea should take care to avoid certain triggers such as:
- Sun Exposure
- Emotional Stress
- Extremely Hot or Extremely Cold Weather
- Heavy Exercise
- Alcohol and Spicy Foods
- Hot Baths
- Blood Thinners
Laser treatments are effective in reducing visible blood vessels, reducing redness, reducing acne bumps associated with rosacea, and correcting disfigurement of the nose. During laser treatment, the skin becomes smoother by stimulating the growth of new collagen fibers in the treated skin.
How many treatments do I need?
Typically, three or more treatments occurring at four to six week intervals are required. Side effects may include redness and swelling with the first day or so. Visible blood vessels typically disappear after the first treatment, but some recur after six weeks. Lasers are a treatment for the condition, not a cure. Managing rosacea requires long-term preventive measures.