Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterised by symptoms of facial inflammation and clinical signs including: development of visible blood vessels, hypertrophic lesions, red bumps and pimples (papules & pustules). Often confused with acne (it is considered a subtype of acne), rosacea is not the same and needs to be treated differently.
Rosacea tends to affect mostly women and occurs on the cheeks, nose and forehead. It can also occur on the neck, chest, scalp, and ears.
Clinical manifestation of rosacea & other vascular lesions:
- rosacea (inflammation in middle-face, redness, flushing, acne)
- spider veinss
Potential causes of rosacea
- Genetic (fair skin, Celtic & northern European descent)
- Female hormones
- Parasites or bacteria
- Lifestyle (spicy food, alcohol, red wine, UV exposure, extreme temperature (too hot or too cold), stress, inappropriate cosmetic products, and anything that may increase blood flow in the face
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment for rosacea & blood vessels
Currently, there is no cure for rosacea, but Dr. Mario F. Bernier manage the disorder with a combination approach of IPL treatments and medical grade topicals.
Intense pulsed light device delivers energy from specific light spectrum, to destroy vascular lesions and blood vessels. Using the principle of selective photo-thermolysis, it target different chromophores in the skin, which selectively absorb the light energy as heat to create a vasoconstriction.
With optimal wavelengths of light and Dr. Bernier expertise, usually, only one session is needed. Patients must come back at the clinic the following week after procedure for a follow-up appointment. Touch-ups can be performed in case of needed. Post-treatment patients may feel warmth and/or have residual redness on the skin, but these symptoms will resolve within a few hours after the procedure and no downtime is required.
To maintain the results
To keep the skin clear, it’s recommended to use upscale medical grade cosmetic products. Daily application of sunblock is also essential. Patient must educate themselves; learn what their triggers are and avoid them. Since it’s a chronic situation, patients usually come back for further treatments at least once a year.