Laser Treatment For Rosacea

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For anyone who suffers with Rosacea, you’ll know how frustrating it is. The flushed and red nature of your complexion can severely affect your confidence, making it hard to go about your everyday life without feeling insecure. Of course there are a multitude of topical and supplemental treatments available, but they can only do so much. Laser therapy or light therapy is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for rosacea acne as it is a fast and effective, relatively painless way to achieve an even skin tone and reduce the redness most people living with Rosacea suffer from. Read on to find out if Rosacea laser treatment might be right for you.

How Rosacea Laser Treatment Works

To remove visible blood vessels or reduce intense redness, these lasers emit wavelengths of light that will target tiny broken blood vessels located beneath the skin. Heat from the laser’s energy builds in the vessels, causing them to expand and disintegrate. Typically, most patients will need at least three treatments, depending on the severity of redness or visible blood vessels.

Types of Laser Treatments for Rosacea

Laser treatment is effective for rosacea sufferers who have small red lines on their face, as well as for people who tend to have a red face all the time. There are several types of laser treatments or light therapies (which are sometimes categorized alongside laser treatments, but are technically non-laser therapies) that your dermatologist may use to clear up your rosacea. The type of treatment used will depend on the symptoms of your Rosacea, but here are 3 of the most common ones.

  • Pulsed dye laser (PDL). This laser is used specifically on the broken blood vessels under the skin because it pinpoints the color red in the skin, and will therefore reduce redness.
  • CO2 laser. This is one of the most powerful laser treatments available on the market and is particularly effective at reducing the thickening of skin on the nose or cheeks some rosacea sufferers experience. This laser will help smooth out those bumps after a few treatments.
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL). IPL is a less expensive form of treatment, as it is light based instead of laser based. It works well at getting rid of dark marks, broken blood vessels and pigmentation in the skin.


Side Effects and Precautions

Laser treatments are very popular because they’re quick and relatively pain free, and while the side effects are typically minimal – PDL and IPL treatments will almost always cause some pinkness and puffiness afterward, but this is to be expected. Your doctor will most likely provide you an ice pack to use after your treatment, and these side effects should subside within 10 or 15 minutes. In severe cases, some people may need an antihistamine to help with the swelling but it will clear up in a few days. However, always make sure that you receive your treatment from a professional who is properly trained to do the procedure. If the lasers are used incorrectly, patients may suffer severe burns, blistering and bruising- so always do your research before you book your appointment and choose a doctor you know you can trust.

We have two locations in the Portland, Oregon area at which we provide laser treatments for people suffering from rosacea. One in the downtown NW Portland neighborhood of Nob Hill and another in McMinnville, Oregon.

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