Do you have facial redness and or broken blood vessels that don’t seem to go away? If so, you might have rosacea.
Rosacea is a common inflammatory condition in the family of acne that often begins in the third and fourth decades of life. More than 14 million Americans are living with rosacea. Common symptoms include flushing, persistent redness, and pimples. While medicated cream containing metronidazole (Metrogel) or oral antibiotics treat the pimples, they do not take care of the redness and dilated blood vessels.
The redness and dilated blood vessels can, however, be treated very effectively with the pulsed dye laser (PDL) and the new pulsed green light 532 nanometer Excel V laser. Physicians at SkinCare Physicians in Boston helped to design the Excel V laser specifically for this purpose.
What’s new with the Excel V laser treatment for rosacea
In addition to reducing generalized redness, the Excel V laser can also trace individual blood vessels that do not always respond to the PDL. A cool tip glides over gel placed on the skin minimizing discomfort. Redness and swelling is expected and generally lasts for 1-2 days. Patients require an average of 3 treatments to achieve near complete clearance. The results are very impressive, but over time the redness and vessels will very slowly start to recur. In this instance repeat treatment every 2 to 3 years is all that is needed to keep them at bay.
If you are bothered by redness and broken blood vessels on your face, consider booking a consultation with one of the dermatologists at SkinCare Physicians in Boston to discuss the right rosacea treatment for you.
Help to advance research of topical treatment for rosacea
If you do not want to go high tech, but are interested in participating in our research effort to find a more effective topical treatment for rosacea, consider our new clinical trial using Oxymetazoline HCl Cream (the active ingredient in Afrin nasal spray) for the treatment of the redness associated with rosacea. For more information, contact Kathleen Petrell, Clinical Research Manager at SkinCare Physicians, at 617-848-1638.
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Contributing author: Heather Hamilton