Rosacea is a common condition affecting up to 13 million Americans and its awareness seems to be on the rise. For many years physicians have had limited success managing this disorder. However, today modern laser therapies are an effective tool for helping those with this chronic condition.
What is Rosacea?
It is a form of acne characterized by an overgrowth of the oil producing glands of the facial skin which results in the enlargement of superficial blood vessels.
It is a progressive disorder that usually affects those over the age of 30. Persons who are afflicted first notice the episodic facial flushing and heat after exposure to certain irritants like cold weather, alcohol, spicy foods or exercise. As the condition progresses the flushing and redness of the face persist. Areas of the face commonly involved include the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead. Long standing rosacea can progress to the eyes or cause an overgrowth of the nose, called rhinophyma. W.C. Field was perhaps the most recognizable person with rhinophyma.
How do I know if I have rosacea? If you experience frequent flushing of your face with resultant patchy red areas around your nose, cheeks and chin, consider visiting your dermatologist for an evaluation.
Traditionally, rosacea has been treated with avoidance of irritating incitements such as alcohol, spicy foods etc. If this is not feasible or ineffective oral and/or topical antibiotics are prescribed with moderate success.
What about laser treatments? Modern day lasers, including intense pulsed light (IPL) systems are proving very effective at managing rosacea. Patients undergo a series of quick, painless and safe in office procedures resulting in an immediate reduction in facial redness, flushing and discomfort associated with rosacea. Although not a permanent cure for the disorder, the laser treatments represent significant advancements in the management of rosacea.
We invite you to call our office for a complimentary consultation to see if laser treatments for Rosacea are right for you.