IPL Rosacea Treatments
Intensed Pulsed Light Treatments for Rosacea
Rosacea is a common but often misunderstood condition which is estimated to affect 45 million people worldwide (mostly fair-skinned people). It begins as erythema with flushing and redness on the central face and across the cheeks, nose or forehead, but can also commonly affect the neck and chest. It can consist of facial thread veins called telangiectasia, in some cases pustules, papules (acne rosacea). Rosacea may be hereditary or as a result of a variety of factors including damage from sun exposure, wind and extremes of temperature. The over use of steroid creams and certain auto immune conditions may also induce rosacea. Often the exact cause is unknown and may just be part of the natural ageing process.
Rosacea is effectively treated with Intense Pulse Light (IPL) with minimal downtime or risk.
How does IPL work for Rosacea?
When treating rosacea (or other vascular conditions), the light is absorbed by the oxyhaemoglobin in the blood within the vein, causing the blood to coagulate and the thread vein to break up into particles that can be filtered away naturally through the lymphatic system in your body.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments required is very individual as response to treatments varies from person to person. A course of treatments is recommended to achieve maximum results but this can be discussed at a consultation.
What does treatment feel like?
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but the procedure is very quick. Sensations vary but most people describe it as a very quick, hot pin prick.
Who is suitable for treatment?
Almost everyone can be treated except for dark skinned or tanned individuals. (It is crucial that sunbeds and sunbathing are avoided during treatment). Any medical conditions should be discussed prior to treatment and if you are pregnant it is best not to go undergo Intense Pulsed Light treatment.
How long do the results* last?
Immediately after treatment some redness/thread veins can disappear but may re-occur a few days later, but be less visible. With further treatment this will disappear and are not likely to re-occur. However, once you have a tendency to facial redness, you always will, so new veins may appear at some point in the future making further treatment necessary. Maintenance sessions may not be required for several years though, as results are long-lasting.
Results may vary from person to person.
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