How Lasers Work
Lasers can be an ideal option to treat the redness and flushing associated with rosacea. It can also diminish the red lines from the enlarged blood vessels beneath the skin as well as the acne associated with the condition. Several sessions
are usually needed for the desired results. Your technician will recommend a course of treatment
after a thorough examination.
& Recovery Time
You should be able to return to your normal routine right away. You may experience redness and swelling, but those should dissipate after a few days. The sun can aggravate rosacea symptoms so we strongly recommend that you avoid sun exposure and wear a good sun screen so that the condition does not return.
Will There Be Pain?
You may experience some discomfort during laser treatment, but it is not usually severe. Some people may
want to use a topical numbing cream before a session.
All treatments are performed in our office. You will be given safety eyewear to protect your eyes. A small hand piece will be used to guide the laser over the treatment areas. The laser emits a quick burst of cooling spray after each laser pulse. The length of each session depends on the area being treated. Sessions can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.
There can be some discomfort. Most people describe each laser pulse as the snapping of a rubber band against the skin, but this discomfort goes away quickly. Our laser also releases a cooling spray to soothe the skin. Some people choose to apply a topical anesthetic prior to a session.
Your skin should be cleaned and dried. Make sure you remove all makeup, creams, oils, and skin-tanning products before a treatment. You should also avoid exposing the treatment area to the sun for 14 days prior to a session.
You may choose to apply a cool compress or gel pack to the treated area. Don't forget to use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) after a treatment. Avoid scrubbing or rinsing the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers for several days afterwards. Ask your technician about any other precautions you should take.
Risks are minimal, but there can be side effects. These include: redness, swelling, hyper or hypopigmentation, blistering and purpura (laser bruising). Permanent side effects are rare. If any of these conditions do develop they usually go away after a few days.
Most insurance policies do not cover cosmetic procedures. Check with your specific insurance carrier for details.