Rosacea is a common skin condition that is estimated to affect around 14 million Americans. The symptoms of rosacea, such as chronic red flushing, swelling, and the development of bumps and visible blood vessels, can be debilitating for many people. While there is currently no cure for rosacea, there are treatments available that can help to alleviate the signs and symptoms of it. In this post, we’ll be talking about lasers and why they are considered the best way to treat rosacea symptoms.
How lasers improve rosacea symptoms
Unfortunately, the exact cause of rosacea is not well understood. Many factors, such as spicy foods, hot beverages, and sunlight, can aggravate rosacea symptoms by increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin. It is also believed that abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face cause the flushing, persistent redness, and visible veins. Thus, the way lasers improve rosacea symptoms is by targeting these blood vessels and destroying them. The body then clears away the destroyed vessels through the normal healing process, which means they are permanently eliminated. According to a 2015 publication in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, rosacea symptoms like redness and visible veins are best treated by laser and light therapies.
Types of lasers to treat rosacea symptoms
As modern technology advances, more and more laser and light therapies are being developed to treat a variety of skin conditions, including rosacea. While there are many different types of lasers that can be used to treat rosacea symptoms, the ones recommended by Dr. Krant are the Cutera Excel V laser, the VBeam Perfecta, and Laser Genesis.
The Cutera Excel V laser combines two laser types, potassium-titanyl phosphate (KTP) and long-pulsed neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG), which have different wavelengths. KTP targets redness, hyperpigmentation, and damaged capillaries at the surface of the skin. The Nd:YAG laser is designed for treating deeper blood vessels with larger diameters. (Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2015) Following absorption of energy, abnormal blood vessels are destroyed, resulting in an overall improved appearance.
The VBeam Perfecta is a pulsed-dye laser (PDL) with a wavelength of 595 nm, which closely corresponds with the absorption peak of oxyhemoglobin and thus targets superficial vasculature. PDL has been shown to improve both the clinical findings of rosacea (erythema, telangiectasia) as well as the associated symptoms.
Laser Genesis is a YAG laser used for non-ablative laser resurfacing to treat a variety of skin conditions, including redness caused by rosacea. It is a gentle and virtually painless procedure with zero downtime, which is why it is often referred to as a “lunchtime laser” treatment.
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Overall, lasers are the best way to treat rosacea symptoms due to their efficacy as well as minimal healing time. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Krant today if you are interested in learning more about the use of lasers for treating rosacea symptoms.