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Month: March 2019

Can laser treatments help my rosacea?

Can laser treatments help my rosacea?

If you have rosacea, chances are you may have already tried several treatment options to no avail. This may have caused you to develop a negative approach to alternative treatment options such as laser therapy. But can laser treatments really help your rosacea.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is marked by flushing, persistent redness, and visible blood vessels (telangiectasias), beneath the skin. Some people with rosacea also have pimples around the mouth or on the cheeks.

The causes of rosacea are sometimes unclear, but leading triggers of rosacea flare-ups include spicy food, stress, alcohol, and excess sun exposure. These triggers cause the blood vessels in the face to expand, which in turn leads to facial redness and flushing.

Rosacea most often manifests on the face, particularly the forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose. People with fair skin that tend to flush easily are at greater risk for developing rosacea, but individuals with darker skin types can also be affected.

Rosacea Treatment

Although rosacea is not life-threatening, people with the condition often develop low self-esteem, because of the redness and inflammation that accompanies it.

Can laser treatments help my rosacea?

Yes. Patients with rosacea generally respond well to laser and light therapies. Although these treatments won’t completely eradicate the symptoms of rosacea, they can significantly minimize visible signs of the condition, and keep flare-ups in check. The results of treatment can last up to one year, but semi-annual touchups are sometimes required.

Yes. Patients with rosacea generally respond well to laser and light therapies. Although these treatments won’t completely eradicate the symptoms of rosacea, they can significantly minimize visible signs of the condition, and keep flare-ups in check. The results of treatment can last up to one year, but semi-annual touchups are sometimes required.

Vbeam Perfecta laser treatment for rosacea

When it comes to laser treatments for rosacea, the Vbeam Perfecta laser is considered the gold standard.

How it works

The Vbeam Perfecta is a pulsed-dye laser that emits an intense, controlled beam of light that selectively targets the blood vessels below the skin’s surface, without damaging the skin. The blood within the vessels absorbs the laser light, and this causes the veins to collapse. The body naturally eliminates the blood vessels over time, and this helps get rid of rosacea redness.

Treatment with the Vbeam Perfecta is not painful, but patients report feeling a tingling or warm sensation during treatment. The laser is equipped with a dynamic cooling system that releases a cooling mist onto the treatment area before the laser light is emitted. The burst of cooling mist helps reduce discomfort during treatment, and it also protects the skin.

The Vbeam laser is FDA cleared for treating rosacea as well as other skin conditions such as acne scars, angiomas, and vascular lesions. The laser has an excellent safety profile, and has been linked to only a few incidences of adverse effects.

There is minimal to no downtime after treatment with the Vbeam laser, so patients are generally able to get back to regular activities right away. There may be some mild swelling and redness in the treated areas, but this typically resolves within a few hours.

IPL for rosacea

IPL (intense pulsed light) is another very effective modality for treating the redness and flushing that characterizes rosacea. IPL devices emit a broad spectrum of light that can be modified using a filter. IPL for rosacea is a highly customizable treatment, as the provider can adjust the wavelength as well as the number of pulses, in order to address the different aspects of rosacea.

How it works

The IPL device emits pulsed light that is directed onto the targeted blood vessels every few seconds. The mechanism of action is the same as it is with laser therapy, as the blood vessels absorb the light, and the heat then causes the blood vessels to close.

The skin will be somewhat red and inflamed after rosacea treatment, but this should only last for a few hours. There is no downtime, so patients can get back to their regular daily activities right after treatment.

IPL treatment for rosacea takes about 40 minutes to complete. A series of 3-6 IPL sessions spaced about 4 weeks apart is normally recommended for best results. Severe cases of rosacea will require more IPL treatments.

If you are in the Long Beach CA area, contact Laser Skin Care Center Dermatology Associates for more information on laser treatments for rosacea.

Call (562) 724-1161today to schedule a consultation.

What is the Difference between SKs and Melasma?

What is the Difference between SKs and Melasma?

Seborrheic Keratosis (SK) and melasma are skin conditions that can make people self-conscious, but they are generally quite harmless. However, if you notice areas of discoloration on your skin, it’s important whether you are dealing with SKs or melasma. Knowing what sets them apart is especially helpful if you are considering treatment options. So what is the difference between SK and melasma?

What is Seborrheic Keratoses?

Seborrheic Keratosis (SK) is a raised, waxy skin growth that looks a lot like a wart. SKs usually pop up around middle age or later in life, and are sometimes mistaken for a pre-cancerous growth. They vary in color but are mostly tan, brown, or black. SKs can appear almost anywhere on the body but are mostly seen on the face, chest, shoulders, and back. SKs are normally harmless and painless, but are often removed for cosmetic reasons.

Causes

The cause of SK is not known but the condition often runs in families. There is no indication that SK is linked to excess sun exposure, because the growths often develop on areas that are not exposed to the sun.


The cause of SK is not known but the condition often runs in families. There is no indication that SK is linked to excess sun exposure, because the growths often develop on areas that are not exposed to the sun.

What is melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that is characterized by dark, discolored patches on the skin. It is a pigmentary condition that is typically seen on the nose, cheeks, and jawline, but can also appear on other parts of the body such as the neck, arms, and chest. Melasma is common in women, especially during their reproductive years.

Causes

Melasma is believed to be triggered by excess sun exposure and hormonal fluctuations. It is often seen in pregnant women, as well as women using contraceptives and hormonal treatments.

Treatment options

Treating seborrheic keratoses
Seborrheic Keratoses can be effectively treated with Eskata, which is a prescription strength hydrogen peroxide solution that is designed for use by medical professionals. It is the only FDA approved topical treatment for raised SK.

Eskata is applied during an in-office treatment that takes about 30 minutes to complete. The solution is contained in a pen-like applicator, and is placed directly onto the raised seborrheic keratoses. Patients may feel a slight tingling sensation during treatment, but the procedure is not painful. Eskata should not be used for treating SKs located near the eyes.

There is no downtime after Eskata treatment, so patients can resume normal activities right away.

Treating melasma

Melasma is more difficult to treat than SK, because it is hormone-linked, and using the wrong treatment can actually worsen the condition.

Below are some of the most effective treatment options for melasma:

  • Cosmelan Skin Peel. This peel treats melasma on all types of skin. The Cosmelan peel is a multi-ingredient peel that is comprised of bleaching ingredients and exfoliators. It is a 2-step process that involves the in-office application of Cosmelan 1, which is the stimulating mask, followed by the application of Cosmelan II at home.

The face is first properly cleansed to prepare the skin for the application of the stimulating mask. The peel is left in place for 8-12 hours and then washed off by the patient at home. This is followed by the Cosmelan II which is used for 1-3 months.

The Cosmelan peel improves the look of melasma because it inhibits certain enzymes linked to the production of melanin. The darker areas of skin are usually caused by the excess production of melanin. Most patients will notice a significant reduction in the appearance of melasma spots within 7 days. The skin will develop a clear, healthy glow within 4-5 weeks.

  • The dEp Mask: This is an at-home peel that involves the use of microcurrent to infuse vitamin c in the skin to help clear melasma.
  • The dEp Mask: This is an at-home peel that involves the use of microcurrent to infuse vitamin c in the skin to help clear melasma.
  • Here are some of the most important differences between SK and melasma.
  • SKs are wart-like growths on the skin that vary in color, whereas melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation characterized by dark patches on the skin.
  • SKs are related to aging, while melasma is generally triggered by hormone fluctuations.
  • Melasma is much more challenging to treat.

If you are in the Orange County area, contact Total Dermatology, Irvine, CA for more information on the difference between SKs and melasma.

Call (949) 727-3800 today to set up a consultation.

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