Laser Genesis is a skin rejuvenation procedure that improves a wide range of skin conditions such as age-induced wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, enlarged pores, uneven skin texture, and acne. The team at Guelph Medical Laser & Skin Centre has also been using this as a rosacea treatment.
Rosacea’s classic symptom is facial redness or blushing that commonly affects the central third of the face, particularly the bottom part of the nose. In some cases, it also leads to thickened skin, tiny red pimples, visible vascular lines, and a red bulbous nose. Studies have suggested that rosacea affects around 45 million people worldwide; most sufferers are Caucasians and have fair skin.
How Laser Genesis Reduces Rosacea Symptoms
This laser technology penetrates the deeper layers of skin and triggers the production of more collagen to improve skin texture and tone. At the same time, it heats and destroys the dilated capillaries, which are known to aggravate the blushing or redness associated with rosacea.
In the weeks after treatment, the dilated vessels are resorbed and facial redness is significantly reduced. Another hallmark of rosacea is skin thickness, which in extreme cases may even cause the tip of the nose to appear bulbous. Fortunately, this symptom responds well with Laser Genesis.
The Number of Sessions
Laser Genesis is not a one-time procedure, with most patients requiring a series of sessions (they usually last just minutes) before they can see a noticeable improvement. However, some may require more than others to achieve their desired results; this is particularly true for people with severe symptoms.
How Long Do the Effects of Laser Genesis Last?
When used to treat dilated blood vessels, studies have shown that lasers and lights can provide results that can last 3-5 years. Meanwhile, thickening of the skin may return soon after treatment, and follow-up or maintenance procedures (or even prescribed medications) might be needed in the future to maintain the results.
Lifestyle Changes to Further Maintain the Results
After Laser Genesis or any rosacea treatment, it is important to apply sunscreen daily. Sunscreens with an SPF of 30 and higher and provide UVA and UVB lights protection are the best choice. Aside from sun exposure, other known triggers for rosacea flare-ups include cold and windy weather (so the use of a ski mask or scarf is highly advisable); and skin care products that contain alcohol and other irritants.
To learn more about Laser Genesis or other rosacea treatment options, talk to the experts at Guelph Medical Laser & Skin Centre in Guelph. Contact us today to book an appointment!