WHAT IT IS:
Rosacea is a chronic disorder that is characterized by facial flushing and with time the gradual development of persistent facial redness and spider-like blood vessels. It is often punctuated by episodes of inflammatory papules (bumps), pustules (pimples), and swelling. Management for many people often includes avoidance of popular foods and alcohol, as well as cosmetic camouflage, which can be expensive and time-consuming.
Rosacea is typically characterized by having up and down periods where the symptoms heighten and lessen. While rosacea is not curable, it can be controlled with laser light so that the redness will decrease. While rosacea may improve with treatment and even be gone for a number of months, it may never completely go away.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
At Aria Aesthetics & Wellness, we use the LightPod Neo® from Aerolase® to manage rosacea. The laser light destroys visible blood vessels or reduces extensive redness. The laser emits pulses of light that target tiny blood vessels just under the skin. Heat from the laser’s energy builds in the vessels, causing them to disintegrate.
AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE:
Immediately after treatment, you may experience some transient redness or bruising. This is more common if you are older or taking blood-thinning medications and it should resolve within a few days. The redness and veins may not immediately disappear and it can take up to several months to fully improve and clear. Individual results will vary, but can depend on the body surface that is affected. While some patients may see relief in just one treatment, other patients may need a number of treatments to achieve their desired result.
Some patients or lesions may not respond as well as others. Rosacea lesions tend to subside after the first or subsequent treatments. Regardless of the treatment response, recurrence is common and can be caused by a number of lifestyle factors. It is important to understand that rosacea is a chronic condition that can only be controlled rather than cured.