What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder that primarily affects the facial skin. It is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. It typically begins any time after age 30, as reoccurring redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. Acne-like breakouts with gradual enlargement of the skin on the nose and cheeks can develop. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the eyelids, neck, chest, scalp or ears. While there is no cure for rosacea and the root cause is unknown, some patients may see improvement with laser therapy and topical treatments.
Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment
Pulsed dye lasers are the most effective lasers for treating rosacea. The laser light is absorbed by red blood cells, which destroys the lining of inflamed blood vessels, lessening redness in the skin. Most patients require a series of pulsed dye laser treatments to see optimal results. Following treatment, you may experience swelling, redness, and tenderness, though these side-effects will resolve with time.
Who is a Good Candidate for Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment?
Ideal candidates will have light, untanned skin. Those who have blood-clotting disorders, who scar easily, have insulin-dependent diabetes, or those who are pregnant should not receive this laser treatment. A consultation can help to determine if this treatment is right for you.