Rosacea is a skin condition in which certain blood vessels, usually on the face, become enlarged, giving the nose and cheeks a flushed appearance. The condition often undergoes flair-ups and remissions and is usually found in people over the age of 30. It is most often seen on the face, but may also occur on the chest, neck, ears, around the eyes or on the scalp. Rosacea turns darker and more persistent over time, and if not treated, pimples and bumps may form. At Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre, we offer the Laser Genesis™ as one of the treatment options for rosacea and redness.
Laser Genesis™ penetrates deep into the skin and stimulates the skin to produce collagen. It also heats the small capillaries, targeting the microvasculature underneath the skin and closing off the enlarged blood vessels, reducing the redness in the treated area.
Our specialist performs the procedure with a laser instrument that produces a soothing, warm sensation. Your skin will appear slightly red after the treatment, but this usually disappears within one to two hours. The procedure treats the cells deep under the skin, so it takes some time for the new cells to reach the surface. You will start to see results in three to nine weeks after the first treatment. Since each patient has unique symptoms, several treatments may be required. During a consultation with our specialist, a customized plan will be created for your symptoms.
Red splotches on the skin are the most common sign that you may have rosacea, but there are other symptoms, including:
• Broken blood vessels on the surface of the skin that contribute to the general redness of the skin.
• Hyper-reactive skin, which is caused by inflamed blood vessels on the surface of the skin that dilate easily to any physical touch.
• Bumpy skin, which is caused by dilated blood vessels and localized swelling when inflamed cells leak into the top layers of skin.
• Small, red bumps that contain pus are caused when inflammatory cells leak into the sebaceous gland or pore and cause a pustule.
• A burning sensation on the skin that is caused by activated sensory pain nerves. Increased blood flow brings inflammatory substances to the pain fibers. The skin may become sensitized to other triggers, such as certain skin care products and wind, sun, cold and heat.
• The face may swell when protein fluids leak out of the swollen blood vessels. When this becomes excessive, there is fluid build-up in the skin.
Laser Genesis™ is considered a lunchtime procedure because it is quick and has no recovery time. Along with rosacea, it can be used to treat:
• Enlarged pores
• Fine lines and wrinkles
• Excess brown pigment, such as melasma
• Acne scarring
• Facial redness
• Scars from burns, surgery or injury
If you believe you have rosacea or are beginning to develop it, we recommended that you have a consultation with our specialist at Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre to determine a course of treatment. Our state-of-the-art facility is conveniently located in Guelph. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more.