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Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea Treatment

rosacea treatment patientMore than 14 million people in the U.S. have rosacea – a chronic condition that can cause both embarrassment and physical discomfort. While there is no cure for the disease, laser treatments can help restore and rejuvenate your skin by decreasing persistent redness. If you’d like to learn more about rosacea treatment and you live in Lima, Celina, Bluffton or the surrounding areas of Auglaize County, OH, please contact us at the Vein Care Center to schedule an appointment.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, long-term disease of the skin that is characterized by redness, bumps, pimples and, in later stages, thickening skin on the face and visible blood vessels. Rosacea sufferers experience flare-ups and periods of remission, often triggered by environmental factors such as extremely hot or cold weather, wind, humidity and sun exposure, as well as emotional stress, heavy exercise, alcohol and spicy foods. The condition most commonly affects fair-skinned women between the ages of 30 and 50, but men who develop rosacea often experience more severe symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms of Rosacea?

People with rosacea have at least one of the following primary symptoms:

  • Flushing
  • Persistent redness
  • Bumps and pimples (may look like acne)
  • Visible blood vessels

Rosacea can cause other symptoms, as well, including:

  • Eye irritation
  • Burning or stinging
  • Dry appearance
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Plaques (raised red patches)
  • Swelling
  • Rosacea symptoms on other parts of the body, most typically on the scalp, neck chest or ears

Rosacea and Diffuse Redness

One of the most apparent symptoms of rosacea is often the diffuse redness or red rash that commonly appears on the forehead, cheeks and nose. The color can become quite pronounced and have a significant impact on your appearance and often your self-confidence. The discoloration is caused by dilated capillaries that create a surface redness rather than showing up as individual vessels. By treating the vessels, we can minimize the red look and give your skin a more even tone.

How is Rosacea Treatment Performed?

Here at the Vein Care Center, we use Cutera’s proprietary Laser Genesis skin treatment, a noninvasive laser technology that effectively and safely treats the most difficult-to-treat symptoms of rosacea: redness and flushing. This treatment is relatively comfortable – you won’t even need topical anesthesia beforehand. And with no downtime afterward, this is a treatment you can easily fit into your busy schedule. Laser Genesis harnesses the power of heat energy to reduce the challenging symptoms of rosacea while enhancing the overall health and appearance of the skin. The energy is delivered into the underlying tissue and dilated vessels that lead to the formation of diffuse redness on the skin’s surface. Because the heat does not damage the outermost layers of the dermis, you enjoy dramatic improvement to your condition, without an extended healing process or even visible signs you had a treatment performed.

The laser destroys the inner lining of inflamed and visible blood vessels, causing them to disintegrate. The treatment isn’t painful – you won’t even need topical anesthesia. You will, however, experience a warming sensation as the laser works its magic.

Recovery from Rosacea Treatment

There is no downtime after Laser Genesis treatments, which means you can resume your schedule immediately after your appointment. The only side effect is typically additional redness, which can be a bit concerning since that is what you wanted to eliminate through the procedure. Rest assured discoloration attributed to the device will subside within a matter of hours. You will be able to apply makeup to camouflage the effect before you head back to work or other activities.

Most patients achieve their desired results after four to six sessions, but a recent study of patients who had undergone laser therapy for rosacea found that patients reported a 40 to 60 percent improvement in symptoms after their second treatment. Be sure to check out the Before and After photos to see the dramatic results of patients who have been treated for rosacea at the Vein Care Center.

What Are the Benefits of Rosacea Treatment?

Laser treatment will give you better results than any topical medication available for rosacea. The effects are also long-lasting, with many patients reporting that their skin has remained clearer for years after completing their treatments. It’s also a very low-risk procedure with few side effects when performed by experts such as Dr. Aggarwal and her qualified staff at the Vein Care Center.

Am I a Candidate for Rosacea Treatment?

The best candidates for rosacea treatment are those patients who have persistent redness or small but visible red lines. Unfortunately, laser treatment isn’t suitable for all rosacea patients. It should be avoided by pregnant women and patients with darker skin. It also may not be ideal for patients who scar easily, have a blood-clotting disorder or have insulin-dependent diabetes. At your initial consultation, Dr. Aggarwal will determine whether laser rosacea treatment is right for you.

How Much Does Rosacea Treatment Cost?

Some insurance benefits are available for patients to cover the cost of rosacea treatments, and these can be discussed with our knowledgeable team at your free screening. Additionally, the Vein Care Center offers several ways to pay for your treatments. We accept cash, personal checks, major credit cards and money orders. If you would like to finance your procedures, you may do so through CareCredit®.

Are There Other Treatment Options?

While professional treatments are the best way to address rosacea symptoms, your efforts at managing your condition don’t have to stop there. The Vein Care Center also features a variety of medical-grade skincare lines that can help you keep your skin in top shape at home as well. Choose formulations from these lines specifically designed to treat skin redness and keep unwanted rosacea symptoms in check:

Dr. Aggarwal will assess your skin to help you determine the best skincare products for your complexion. These formulations boast high-quality, potent active ingredients created to produce positive results while preserving the healthy vitality of your skin.

Under the leadership of board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, the Vein Care Center has earned a reputation for providing outstanding service and treatment options for patients in Lima and Celina, Ohio, as well as the greater Auglaize County area. It would be an honor to make you a part of our Vein Care Center family. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule your free screening.

The information about rosacea treatment was reviewed by Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

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