Rosacea can be irritating. Other people may not notice the diffuse redness on your face, or the small blood vessels (called telangiectasias) as much as you do. But do you ever wonder what you look like under all that redness?
How does the laser treatment work?
Short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (called I2PL technology by Ellipse, but often referred to as a laser) are directed at the skin. The system filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by haemoglobin in the blood in your problem vessels. The light is converted to heat, which destroys the protein in the wall of the blood vessels, causing the vessels to gradually disappear after treatment. To ensure the best light transmission, a thin layer of gel (like that used in ultrasound examinations) is applied to your skin before treatment.
What can be treated?
The most common treatment deals with the diffuse redness found in the early stages of rosacea, but the individual vessels which develop later can also be treated. Treatments are most efficient in patients with light skin who are not suntanned at the time of the treatment. If your skin is less tanned, the contrast between the blood vessels and background color of the skin is greater, making treatment easier. However, Ellipse has pre-programmed settings for different skin types that deliver the correct energy output for your complexion.
How long does a laser treatment take?
The treatment time depends on the area to be covered and the number of distinct vessels to be treated. A single session typically lasts 10-20 minutes.
Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
The light used is completely safe, visible light. It is, however, important to avoid tanning (sun, solariumor self-tanning products) before and during the treatment period. Otherwise your tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective and less comfortable. It is also a good idea to avoid smoking in the 4 hours prior to treatment. Generally, no special care is necessary after treatment, but people with sensitive skin may benefit from applying a cold compress (a cold damp cloth) to the face immediately after treatment or from using an ointment prescribed by Slow Coast Spa. After the treatment, you should avoid sun exposure for 30 days, even ifthere is no sign of inflammation in the treated area. Use sun protection (minimum SPF 30) if sun exposure cannot be avoided.
How many laser treatments do I need?
The number of treatments depends on location and number of your thread veins. Clinical studies have confirmed that 1-4 treatments usually are needed, and these are timed about one month apart.
Does the treatment hurt?
No anaesthetics are required, and many patients describe the treatment as practically pain-free, like a flick from a rubber band followed by a sensation similar to the feeling of gentle warmth after a day on the beach.