We treat the redness and broken veins of Rosacea with Intense Pulse Light using the Lumenis One machine. This delivers a pulse of red light to the broken blood vessels enabling them to heal up and fade away. People with Rosacea flush easily and develop redness, pimples and thread veins on their cheeks, nose and forehead. It is a common condition affecting around 10% of adults. It is more common amongst women than men. As Rosacea affects the face it can cause significant psychological problems. The unpredictable flushes can be mistaken for too much drinking. Many people with Rosacea find that the rash on their face causes them embarrassment and anxiety. Flare ups of Rosacea can be controlled by antibiotic lotions or tablets as well as avoiding certain foods and beverages and sunlight. The better active flare ups are controlled the fewer thread veins are left behind. IPL is used to help with the remaining redness and broken veins.
IPL stands for intense pulsed light. The machine contains a flash lamp, this is an extremely bright light source. IPL is also used to treat red birth marks, pigmented lesions and unwanted hair.
You will be asked to keep your face as pale as possible by avoiding sun exposure before and during your course of treatment. At your first visit you can discuss the pros and cons of treatment and a patch test can be performed to check the reaction of your skin. On the first treatment the whole of the affected area will be treated, except in men where the beard area is avoided. There is a feeling of heat during the treatment and your face will be redder for a short while afterwards. Cooling packs can be applied afterwards. We will give you some goggles to protect your eyes from the intense light during the treatment. A course of 4-6 treatments at 4 week intervals produces the best benefit. Improvement may continue for many weeks after the course has finished. Rosacea is a relapsing condition and this treatment improves the appearance but does not cure the Rosacea.
It is believed that IPL has two actions that help in Rosacea. Firstly, red thread veins absorb the light energy, this makes them hot. This damage encourages the body to reabsorb them, improving appearance. Secondly, the light energy warms the collagen fibres in the skin this stimulates new collagen and collagen remodelling, this improves the support of the small blood vessels which helps to delay the development of more thread veins.
IPL light is not thought to be cancer forming as it is outside the ultraviolet range. Goggles have to be worn to protect the eyes from the bright light. The treatment is generally well tolerated but some patients can find it unpleasant. Exposure is limited to an extremely short flash that feels like the snap of a rubber band. A mild burning sensation can be felt for a while afterwards. Occasionally there is some swelling that will subside in a day or two. Bruising is unlikely but if it occurs will settle in a few days. There is a chance that pigment changes may occur in the skin either dark marks, hyperpigmentation or pale marks hypopigmentation these are usually temporary. To help reduce the risk of this it is very important to start the treatment without a suntan or having used fake tan. Sun exposure and use of fake tans must be avoided throughout the course of the treatment.
Patients with light sensitivity should not have IPL treatment. Its effects during pregnancy is unknown and is safer to avoid the treatment if pregnant. You should not have IPL treatment if you have a suntan however mild. You should not have IPL treatment whilst taking Roaccutane (Isotretinoin) or for several months afterwards.
Flare ups can be reduces by avoidance of 'triggers' eg. sunlight, alcoholic drinks, extremes of temperature, spicy food or hot drinks. The inflammatory part of Rosacea causes spots, these should be treated with antibiotic tablets or lotion. If the inflammatory type of Rosacea is left untreated it will cause more thread veins. Please contact us to book in for a consultation to see one of our Rosacea specialists on +44 (020) 7467 3720.
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