Rosacea Pulse Dye Laser Treatment in Vancouver, WA
Red, scaly, pimple-like eruptions on the face are among the most challenging of all dermatologic conditions to manage. Patients with rosacea typically have a red face that may be sensitive and feel hot to the touch. They also tend to have visible blood vessels, especially around the nose and cheeks. Fortunately, recent advances in laser technology have helped many patients find relief from this frustrating condition. Redness is one of the primary signs of rosacea; however, it is not known what initiates this reaction or why some people develop this tendency while others do not. It’s theorized that factors such as heredity, climate, stress, and sensitivity trigger an abnormal response by tiny blood vessels in the face. These dilated vessels are prone to rupture easily and leak blood into surrounding tissue, causing inflammation and redness. Redness can also be triggered by certain foods, such as spicy foods or alcohol.
Laser Therapy for Rosacea
Laser therapy is a great option for patients who want a quick and dramatic response to reduce the redness of their face often caused by rosacea, as well as those wanting to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Rosacea laser treatments can be performed on the face, chest, or any other areas where redness is a major problem. There are many different types of lasers that have been used for rosacea. The CO laser is useful for reducing redness on the face, especially for patients who have brown or Asian skin types. The laser has been used for years to reduce redness, broken capillaries, and even some wrinkles. Many dermatologists like to use a combination of lasers to treat rosacea, depending on what areas of the face need treatment.
Targeted Light and Heat to Treat Rosacea
The erythema (redness) areas can be treated with pulsed dye laser and photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT uses a drug called Levulan applied to the skin that absorbs light and turns the vessel red. The light then closes the vessels, which then fades away over the next one to two months. PDL can be used to target and treat broken blood vessels in the face. It is often used on the nose and cheeks, where vessels are more visible. PDL works by delivering a short burst of light and heat to these vessels to close them. Most broken vessels in the face are due to rosacea, but they can also be caused by sun damage or be related to other medical conditions such as acne.
Rosacea Treatment at NW Laser & Skin Care Center in Vancouver, WA
Rosacea is a difficult condition to treat, but fortunately, innovative laser technology has helped many patients find relief from this unpleasant condition. At a consultation with our doctor you will be chosen a treatment that is appropriate for your skin.
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