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Rosacea

Rosacea is the name given to a group of skin conditions of the face characterized by redness of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or entire face.  It generally worsens with age. It may begin earlier in life with transient facial flushing, which then becomes persistent and permanent as one gets older. It generally affects those with fairer skin, but can be seen in all types of skin.  There may also be an acne-like eruption associated with this condition.  Facial redness and flushing may get worse with sun exposure, drinking alcohol, and eating spicy foods. Many people with rosacea will feel the need to wear heavy makeup to cover the redness. Rosacea affects millions of women and men in this country.  The persistent redness and disfiguration may cause low self-esteem, and is potentially disruptive to one’s entire life. There is no known cause or cure, but there are several treatment modalities used to keep it under control.  Laser treatments can be quite effective. For more general information on rosacea, you can link to the National Rosacea Society.

How Does The Laser Treatment For Rosacea Work?

The laser light helps to break up the pigment in the skin. It also collapses the small veins and capillaries, causing them to disappear.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

A series of 3 to 6 treatments scheduled monthly is generally what we recommend.

What Can I Expect After Treatment?

Immediately following the procedure you may experience some redness, swelling and/or a slight darkening of pigmented areas. The redness and swelling usually dissipate within one to three days however, darkened pigmentation may persist and peel lightly for up to one week.  Makeup can be applied to the treated area immediately, if necessary.

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