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WHAT IS ROSACEA?
a condition in which certain facial blood vessels enlarge, giving the cheeks and nose a flushed appearance.
Rosacea literally means “like a rose”, which aptly describes how it often looks when the cheeks or other areas of the face are inflamed and red.
Before and After Rosacea Treatment
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WHAT CAUSES ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a long-term inflammatory skin condition which results in increase blood flow to the small vessels of the face. The exact cause of Rosacea is not known, but we understand some factors that influence it’s occurrence.
IS IT EASY TO DIAGNOSE?
What else could cause redness in the cheeks?
Rosacea can be tricky to diagnose given that some of the symptoms are seen in other skin conditions. There are some reliable symptoms and signs which help to make the diagnosis, but specific tests are not usually undertaken. It’s also worth remembering that there are various sub-type of Rosacea, and it can present differently in different skin types.
Other conditions sometimes mistaken for Rosacea are:
WHAT TREATMENTS CAN HELP WITH ROSACEA?
Medical assessment to confirm the diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan is crucial to getting good results from treatment of this condition. Medical management in the form of oral or topical (creams/ointments etc) medicines is often the first step to controlling this condition. It can take some weeks to see satisfactory improvements, and to establish a treatment that is tolerated.
Instigate medical treatment as appropriate ie oral/topical medication
Optimising skin care and UV protection
Physical/Laser therapies ie Sclerotherapy and Vascular Lasers
Laser treatments to target the chronic blood vessels seen in Rosacea would be used to improve background redness which is often the most bothersome aspect of the condition. Treatments are carried out with either a vascular laser or Intensed Pulsed Light (IPL).
Larger vessels are ideally treatment with KTP 532nm laser using variable spot size to target the vessels appropriately and to reach an adequate depth.
IPL excels in treatment background redness with smaller vessel diameter which is too small to target with KTP Laser.
ADVICE AND THINGS TO AVOID
Triggers i.e. spicy foods, cheese, alcohol, steroid creams,
Use SPF – sunlight trigger veins to dilate
Green foundation – neutralises the redness
STEPS TO GET TREATMENT
See doctor &
COSTS OF TREATMENT
£125 (Includes one follow up appointment)
Laser Test Patch:
KTP Laser Treatment:
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The crucial factor is to make an accurate diagnosis. To misdiagnose a patient with Rosacea and pursue a treatment plan when the diagnosis is incorrect can lead to wasted time and money with inadequate results. Equally, if you treat someone with Rosacea partially under the assumption it’s another condition can lead to delay control of the condition and a long term impact. Occasionally there is more than one condition present, and treatment must be tailored carefully for these circumstances.