Rosacea (broken blood vessels) the small red bumps and the smaller capillaries that cause flushing can be treated with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy. The IPL device is painless and is more effective than the older devices used in the past. IPL therapy typically requires four to six treatment sessions, each of which lasts just minutes.
During sessions, an IPL device emits flashes of light that pass through the top layer of skin to reach the deeper dermis layer that houses blood vessels, pigment cells and collagen. The epidermis layer of skin is untouched, so patients dont have the redness and peeling associated with traditional laser skin resurfacing techniques. Treatments also help reduce future rosacea flair ups as well as stop the inflammatory process that scars the nose and cheeks.
Flushing associated with rosacea is harder to eliminate, but we can significantly reduce it, usually within four to seven sessions, which are scheduled two to four weeks apart. Patients will see improvements between each session. Touch-up sessions are needed about every two to five years to keep the rosacea to a minimum. IPL therapy often allows patients to stop using medications, such as metrogel and tetracycline. We also have a line of mild exfoliating products that will be helpful to some rosacea patients.
Once the unsightly spider veins and small red bumps are removed, flair-ups are dramatically reduced. In addition, the inflammatory process that causes scarring of the nose and cheeks is stopped.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can be used to treat broken blood vessels that cause flushing, this is painless and is more effective than the older devices used in the past.
- The outer layer of skin is untouched, so patients dont have the redness and peeling associated with traditional laser skin resurfacing techniques.
- Mild exfoliating treatments also help to reduce the appearance of rosacea. These treatments are available through our PCA skin care line of products