While Rosacea cannot be cured, it can be controlled. Redness and flushing, which are probably the most prominent and common features of Rosacea can often be treated with lasers. This technology is also highly effective in treating the red lines/spider veins that appear when the tiny blood vessels under the skin become enlarged. In addition, some studies have demonstrated that laser treatments can improve the acne-like pimples associated with rosacea.
Most patients see a slight improvement in their symptoms following one laser session, but several sessions are often needed to complete the treatment.
Does It Hurt?
Laser treatments are slightly uncomfortable, but not painful. In fact, the discomfort is not even great enough to require that a topical numbing cream be applied to the skin before the procedure begins. Just how uncomfortable you’ll feel during your treatment session will depend on your pain threshold.
How Long Is Recovery?
You’ll experience no downtime, and can return to your normal activities as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. Expect some redness, which usually lasts for an hour or two after treatment, and some swelling, which typically lasts for two to six hours, but sometimes lingers for up to four days. You may also experience slight bruising; this side effect, when it occurs, may take four to seven days to go away.
As with any medical therapy, outcomes of Rosacea treatment may vary from case to case. In addition to medical treatment, Rosacea sufferers can improve their chances of maintaining remission by identifying and avoiding lifestyle and environmental factors that trigger Rosacea flare-ups or aggravate their individual conditions. Ask your provider for information on common factors that trigger Rosacea.