We Offer Laser Skin Treatment For Rosacea in Toronto & Richmond Hill
LASER ROSACEA TREATMENT TORONTO
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes the blood vessels in your face to become visible and your face to appear red or flushed. Patches of small, pus-filled bumps are another common symptom. At Laser Skin Clinic we specialize in the treatment of Rosacea. The American Academy of Dermatologists states that lasers used to treat visible blood vessels have excellent results. Patients see a 50 to 75 percent reduction in their symptoms after one to three treatments that can last up to five years.
Rosacea and Rosacea Treatment
Rosacea is a skin disorder that affects the face and is characterized by chronic inflammation. Rosacea is often misdiagnosed as acne, eczema, or an allergic skin reaction.
Rosacea is characterized by face flushing, inflamed skin, and pimples. Other signs and symptoms include flushing easily and vision issues.
Rosacea is a widespread skin condition that affects 1–20 percent of the population. However, because persons with rosacea are frequently misdiagnosed, the true incidence may be much higher.
Although there is no cure for rosacea, the symptoms can be managed with lotions and drugs.
Dairy products, spicy foods, coffee, and alcohol, among other foods and beverages, might aggravate the symptoms. Sun exposure can also exacerbate the symptoms.
Rosacea tends to be more common in females than males, and it usually develops after the age of 30.
TYPES OF ROSACEA
There are four main types of rosacea, these are:
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: The symptoms may include skin discoloration, visible blood vessels, and flushing.
- Papulopustular rosacea: This type of Rosacea includes symptoms such as swelling, flushing, and breakouts that resemble acne.
- Phymatous rosacea: Symptoms include thickened, bumpy skin.
- Ocular rosacea: Symptoms include eye redness and irritation and swollen eyelids.
Long-term use of corticosteroids, particularly when used to treat dermatitis and vitiligo, can also lead to another type of rosacea condition called steroid rosacea.
Symptoms Of Rosacea
- Persistent skin discoloration: This may seem like a persistent blush or sunburn. It occurs when hundreds of small blood vessels near the skin’s surface expand.
- Skin thickening: Excess skin tissue can cause the skin to thicken. This mainly affects the nose and can lead to rhinophyma, which is more common in men than in women.
- Flushing: This condition occurs when the skin on the face darkens for a short period of time. It might extend from the face to the neck and chest, making the skin feel hot and uncomfortable.
- facial swelling, due to excess fluid and proteins leaking out of the blood vessels
- burning or stinging sensations in the skin
- dry or rough facial skin
Causes of Rosacea
Experts are not exactly sure what causes rosacea. However, many believe that the following factors may contribute to this issue:
- Abnormalities in the blood vessels: Facial flushing and spider veins are thought to be caused by irregularities in the blood arteries of the face, according to skin specialists. They don’t know what causes inflammation in the blood vessels, though.
- A skin mite called Demodex folliculorum: This mite lives on the surface of the skin and usually does not cause any problems. People with rosacea, on the other hand, are more likely to have these mites than others. It’s unknown if the mites create rosacea or the rosacea causes the mites to multiply.
- Bacteria called Helicobacter pylori: These gut bacteria cause blood vessels to widen by stimulating the creation of bradykinin, a tiny polypeptide. This bacterium, according to experts, may play a role in the development of rosacea.
- Family History: Many people who have rosacea have a close relative who also has the condition. This implies that an inherited or genetic component may exist.
The following sections look at some possible rosacea treatment options:
- Skin creams: Skin creams can aid in the reduction of inflammation and skin discoloration. Doctors may advise using them once or twice daily. Topical antibiotics, tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, and azelaic acid are a few examples. A doctor may also prescribe camouflage creams to conceal skin blemishes.
- Antibiotics: Anti-inflammatory effects of antibiotics can be obtained orally. They produce quicker results than topical ones. Tetracycline, minocycline, and erythromycin are a few examples. Tetracyclines are antibiotics that can aid in the treatment of eye symptoms. Doxycycline alleviates dryness, itching, blurred vision, and light sensitivity in people with ocular rosacea.
- Isotretinoin: Isotretinoin (Accutane) is an oral medication used to treat severe rosacea (if other treatments have not worked). This is a potent medication that prevents the skin from producing oil. The consequences can be severe. This medication is ineffective in treating erythematotelangiectatic rosacea.
- Laser treatment: Dermatologists can use laser treatment to help reduce telangiectasia, or visible blood vessels. They are shrunk using intense pulsed light in this treatment. Although the procedure may be painful, most people will not require an anesthetic. Laser treatment can occasionally result in bruising, skin crusting, swelling, tenderness, and, in rare cases, infection. A person can consult a cosmetic surgeon if they want to remove thickened skin caused by rosacea. Excess skin can be removed with laser treatment or scalpel surgery. Thickened tissue can also be shrunk using a carbon dioxide laser.
Q&A for Rosacea Treatment
Type 1 – vascular rosacea: red areas of skin on the face, sometimes small blood vessels are visible.
Type 2 – inflammatory rosacea: As well as facial redness, there are red bumps (papules) and pus-filled spots (pustules).
Type 3 – phymatous rosacea: The skin thickens and may become bumpy, particularly on the nose.
Long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser is an effective and safe for the treatment of vascular and inflammatory lesions of rosacea. If you choose to use laser treatments, we will use the laser’s heat to collapse your visible blood vessels so they’re no longer visible. This painless and bloodless treatment can greatly reduce redness, thick skin, and visible blood vessels.
The most likely side effect you could have after this treatment is increased redness on your face or nose. This is a temporary condition and will fade within one to two weeks.
There’s no cure for rosacea. Even though the results of laser treatment for rosacea long lasting, the results do fade over time. Laser treatments will last three to five years before another session is required.
Typically, laser therapy requires a series of treatments to see results. You may need anywhere from two to six treatments, which are spaced about six weeks apart. Patients respond to laser treatment differently. Some need only a few treatments. Others may require more sessions. A recent study found that people with rosacea undergoing laser therapy saw a 40 to 60 percent improvement in these symptoms after the second treatment.
Laser treatment should not be used if you have a tan or are dark skinned. It’s also not right for those who easily scar, have a blood-clotting disorder, or have insulin-dependent diabetes. Pregnant women should also not do the laser treatment.