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Rosacea

Rosacea

Rosacea

When it comes to your complexion, most people agree – there is nearly nothing nicer than a rosy glow. Not so when you’re dealing with rosacea – a chronic skin condition that mainly impacts areas of the face, such as the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Though there is no known cure for rosacea, an experienced, professional skin specialist can help you to treat and manage its effects for more beautiful skin.

How Rosacea Happens

According to experts, rosacea is likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as a compromised immune system, possessing fair or light skin, a family history of rosacea, or suffering too much exposure to sunlight. In any case, the first signs of rosacea may be little more than a subtle, occasional blushing or redness of the skin. Over time, however, these symptoms can become more persistent and pronounced. Bumps, pimples and enlarged blood vessels may appear, giving skin a rough, uneven look. At times, though very rarely, symptoms may be severe enough that the skin tissue of the nose becomes thick, swollen and bumpy – this form of rosacea, called rhinophyma, mainly affects men.

What Type of Rosacea Do You Have?

A consultation with an experienced, professional skin specialist will determine which of the following types of rosacea you possess, and what the best course of treatment will be:

  • Mild (erythematotelangiectatic): Characterized by facial flushing and redness, which may only be present at times. You may also experience some swelling, burning and stinging, roughness and visible red blood vessels.
  • Moderate (papulopustular): This more-advanced form of rosacea is marked by persistent redness and pimple-like bumps that may be mistaken for acne, as well as burning and stinging.
  • Severe (phymatous): As mentioned above, rosacea may affect the nose, causing the skin tissue to thicken and become bumpy. This severe form of rosacea is called rhinophyma, and most often occurs when the condition is left untreated.

Rosacea Treatment

Though it can’t be completely cured, modern medical approaches have, in recent years, helped rosacea patients see tremendous improvement in their skins appearance. The best success is usually achieved through a comprehensive approach that includes suppression and prevention, correction, and ongoing (lifelong) maintenance and management:

  • Suppression and prevention: Achieved with medical-grade skin-care products to control oil production which triggers and aggravates rosacea.
  • Correction: A vascular laser treatment can help to remove visible blood vessels or reduce extensive redness by emitting wavelengths 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. Diagnosis via an in-depth skin analysis with our experienced medical laser aesthetician is essential to determining whether use of this powerful tool – or any other type of laser – will be beneficial.

Your Tailored Rosacea Treatment Plan

We are a team of medical skin specialists with over 15 years experience helping patients achieve their skin goals. We specialize in quality consultations and designing treatment plans for rosacea and other skin conditions based on your unique needs. Your objectives, budget and tolerance for downtime are always taken into consideration.

What Are You Waiting For?

If you’re ready to be assessed for your rosacea, contact us. Our team of experts will work closely with you to find the best treatment plan, keeping your budget and tolerance for down time in mind. Our goal is to get you one step closer to loving your skin. Call 604 733 1669 today.