At our offices, laser technology is utilized in many different ways. For rosacea patients, laser technology can be highly effective in removing red lines, visible blood vessels, and reducing extensive redness. The laser works by emitting predetermined wavelengths of light that target tiny blood vessels just under the skin. The heat from the direct laser light causes the vessels to disintegrate. Generally, at least three treatments are required, depending on the severity of redness or visible blood vessels.
Various lasers are used to treat rosacea, including the ND:YAG laser, the pulsed-dye laser, and the KTP laser. Thickening of the skin on the nose and cheeks (rhinophyma) associated with rosacea can be treated with the erbium:YAG laser and the CO2.
Laser treatments have been described by patients as “a rubber band snapping on ones wrist.” For your comfort, a topical numbing cream can usually be applied prior to treatment. Laser treatments have no down time. One can return to work or their daily routine immediately following treatment. After laser treatment some swelling and redness is expected. This typically lasts for two to six hours, but can last up to a day.