The original name of rosacea was acne rosacea because of its uncommon stage involving skin pustules similar to common acne. The disease actually evolves in stages. The early signs of rosacea are recurrent episodes of blushing that finally become persistent as dark-red erythema (abnormal redness) with facial spider veins. Patients with this problem often have what is called "flushing". Rosacea is common in the 20's and 30's and peaks between the ages of 40 and 50 years. In the worst cases, disfiguring swelling and redness, particularly of the nose (rhinophyma), may develop after many years. Rosacea is a fairly common disease, especially in fair-skinned people. Although women are more often affected than men, men develop the swelling tissue more frequently. Contributing factors include a genetic disposition, gastrointestinal disturbances and bacteria; however, rosacea is always associated with sun exposure, so protection of the skin is important.
Rosacea patients often experience increased redness on the central face, less often on the neck and on the V-shaped area of the chest. These patients frequently "flush" which is caused by numerous reasons including sun-exposer, heat, cold, exercise, chemical irritation, strong emotions, alcoholic beverages, hot drinks, and spices. Ultimately, flushing and blushing lead to permanent redness.
Treatment of rosacea typically requires several avenues of care. Protection against sunlight is foremost. There are topical medications such as Metrogel, but those have proven to be only moderately successful. More severe disease requires treatment oral antibiotics. However, to resolve the redness, flushing, and facial spider veins common with rosacea, treatment with a laser or Intense Pulsed Light/BBL source is easily the best solution. Results were gradual, but fairly consistent.
The IPL/BBL system can deliver energy to the facial blood vessels without causing bruising, resulting in resolution of these blood vessels. More importantly, the persistent flushing and blushing can now be significantly reduced with IPL/BBL treatments. Patients can experience periods of minimal to no flushing even when having an alcoholic beverage or hot drink. Also, a beneficial effect associated with treatment of the flushing, patients have experienced improved texture of the skin similar to the results obtained with Photorejuvenation.
Discrete Facials Vein/ Capillaries are best treated with single spot lasers. Such blood vessels may part of rosacea or can present independently.
Accure Vein and Laser Center has the most advanced laser and light technologies. We look forward to providing you with the best care available. Our consultation is complimentary and our primary goal is to educate you in regards to your skin condition and provide the most effective, proven solutions.