Lasers can be used for a variety of cosmetic and medical procedures to help minimize and improve the appearance of broken blood vessels, rosacea, sun damage, warts, stretch marks, pores, wrinkles, brown spots, acne scars, keloid scars, and birth marks.
What is a laser?
Lasers are devices that concentrate light into a specific wavelength that is best absorbed by a specific target. Common targets for lasers include water, blood, melanin (aka pigment) and each of these targets most effectively absorbs different wavelengths. This is why one laser can not treat every target well. Most lasers only produce two wavelengths effectively.
What is the best laser for treating Rosacea?
Pulse- dye lasers are the gold standard for vascular treatments. Dr. Campbell has seen the best results with the Vbeam Perfecta, which she uses in her practice.
Why are topical medications not enough for Rosacea?
Despite topical medications and oral antibiotics which help calm the inflammation from rosacea, pulse-dye laser remains the best options for minimizing the redness associated with rosacea. The pulse-dye laser effectively targets and destroys the broken blood vessels causing the redness, burning and stinging associated with rosacea. Not only does your appearance improve after treatment with the laser, the symptoms or burning and stinging typically improve as well.
How many laser treatments are required for Rosacea?
Much like whitening your teeth, there is a ramp-up phase and then a maintenance phase. Most patients need a series of typically 3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart and then a maintenance treatment every year, since the broken blood vessels associated with rosacea continue to form over time.
What can I expect after treatment with the Vbeam?
Most patients experience mild redness and swelling for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. In rare instances, bruising can occur and is normal with pulse-dye laser treatments. After the laser treatment, keeping your head elevated and icing can be helpful at minimizing redness and swelling.