Nearly 16 million Americans suffer from Rosacea. What starts as an occasional flushing of the face leads to a permanent redness, broken capillaries, pimples and bumps, and finally to a thickening of the skin around the nose. In a survey by the National Rosacea Society, 69% of sufferers admitted that their condition made them feel “Frustrated, embarrassed, and negatively affected their self-esteem.”
The exact cause of Rosacea is still unknown, but it could be due to an overactive immune system, heredity, environmental factors or a combination of these. Rosacea is not caused by poor hygiene and it’s not contagious. Flare-ups might be triggered by: Hot drinks and spicy foods.
Treatment for rosacea focuses on controlling signs and symptoms. Most often this requires a combination of good skin care and prescription drugs. New rosacea medications have been developed in recent years. The type of medication Dr. Monique S. Cohn, DO FAOCD prescribes depends on which signs and symptoms you’re experiencing. You may need to try different options or a combination of drugs to find a treatment that works for you.
The Lumenis® M22™ laser is one of the latest and most powerful IPL laser devices in the field of dermatology that can treat Rosacea symptoms. IPL is also practically painless and produces dramatic improvement with no down time. There’s no recovering from surgery, swelling, laser resurfacing, or chemical peels.
How Exactly Does IPL Work?
The light waves emitted by IPL cause controlled damage to the skin, which stimulates the body to break down and remove the damaged tissue. Then new cells rebuild and replace the area with clear, healthy skin. Each treatment session with IPL takes about 30 to 40 minutes. Usually patients have a series of 2 to 6 treatments at 3 to 4 week intervals.
What Is IPL Treatment Like?
Patients put on protective eyewear and a cooling gel is applied to the area. Then the IPL hand piece, which is super chilled and feels like smooth glass, is placed over the treatment area, and precisely calibrated light waves are emitted. These may vary, depending on the type of skin, treatment area, treatment type, and depth of penetration. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes. The patient may have slight redness, which usually disappears in an hour, but otherwise patients are good to go about normal activities after treatment.
If you’re suffering from rosacea and ready to be rid of it, schedule your consultation with Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center by contacting us online or by calling 330-425-7600 today. You can discuss this procedure with Dr. Monique S. Cohn, DO FAOCD and find out what you can expect from this new treatment.
Stellar M22™ Rosacea treatment uses Lumenis’ IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology with OPT™ to gently target the vascular condition.