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Laser Treatment for Rosacea: Understanding Your Options

Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by redness, visible blood vessels, and sometimes acne-like bumps on the face. It can fluctuate in severity and can be a source of discomfort and self-consciousness for those who have it. While there is no cure for rosacea, there are effective treatments available to manage its symptoms. One such treatment is laser therapy for rosacea, and at Cascade Eye & Skin Centers, we offer the VBeam® Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) and Excel® V as two trusted and promising options.


Understanding Rosacea

Rosacea typically begins as a tendency to flush or blush easily and can progress to persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. In some cases, rosacea may also affect the eyes, causing them to feel irritated and appear watery or bloodshot.

Triggers of Rosacea

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but it can be triggered by factors like sun exposure, extreme temperatures, hot drinks, spicy foods, and stress.

Laser Treatment for Rosacea

The VBeam® PDL and Excel® V are trusted choices at Cascade Eye & Skin Centers due to their proven safety and effectiveness. They are particularly effective in removing discolorations associated with rosacea, as well as sun spots, age spots, freckles, and other vascular pigmentation abnormalities.

It often takes 3-5 treatments for optimal results, and maintenance treatments every year or so are usually recommended.

How VBeam Works

The VBeam uses PDL technology to deliver an intense but gentle burst of light into targeted areas of the skin. This light is absorbed by the blood vessels or pigmentation in the skin, causing them to collapse and fade away, reducing the appearance of rosacea.

How Excel V Works

The Excel V laser delivers high-powered laser energy to coagulate the blood within the vein, resulting in the vessels being reabsorbed by the body. This allows the body to naturally eliminate the unsightly appearance of rosacea blemishes.

What to Expect During Treatment

During the Procedure

Patients often describe the sensation during laser treatment as a warming or tingling feeling. The procedure is generally well-tolerated, and anesthetics are usually not required. Both lasers are safe for all skin types and are known for their precision and minimal discomfort.

Post-treatment Care

After treatment, patients may experience a sensation similar to a mild sunburn. This is typically short-lived and subsides within a few hours to a couple of days. Occasional swelling, especially around the eyes, and occasional bruising, especially if there are visible blood vessels, are also common for a few days. Coverup and makeup can be worn immediately after treatment.

It is crucial to avoid sun exposure before and throughout the treatment period. We recommend wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily during this time to protect the skin and enhance treatment results.

Alternative and Complementary Treatments for Rosacea

While laser treatment is effective, it’s often part of a broader management plan. Other treatments include:

Topical Medications

Prescription creams and gels can help reduce inflammation and redness. These are often the first line of treatment for mild to moderate rosacea.

Oral Antibiotics

For more severe cases, oral antibiotics can reduce inflammation and clear up acne-like lesions associated with rosacea.

Lifestyle Modifications

Identifying and avoiding personal rosacea triggers is crucial. This may include wearing sunscreen, avoiding extreme temperatures, and managing stress.

Skincare Routine

Using gentle, non-irritating skincare products is essential. Avoiding harsh scrubs, alcohol-based toners, and other irritants can help manage rosacea symptoms.

Dietary Changes

Some patients find that certain foods and beverages, like spicy foods and alcohol, can trigger rosacea flare-ups. Keeping a food diary and making dietary adjustments can be beneficial.

Personalized Rosacea Treatment at Cascade Eye & Skin Centers

At Cascade Eye & Skin Centers, we understand that each case of rosacea is unique. Our team of dermatology providers, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, is dedicated to providing personalized care. We work closely with our patients to develop a treatment plan that not only addresses their symptoms but also fits their lifestyle and skin type.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you’re struggling with rosacea and seeking effective treatment options, such as laser therapy for rosacea, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Cascade Eye & Skin Centers. Our team is committed to helping you achieve clearer, healthier skin.

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