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Laser for Rosacea

Rosacea skin is often very sensitive, inflamed and damaged.

We do not just look at your skin, but carry out a medical consultation that involves all aspects of how your body works and its exposures.

At MoS we use a holistic approach to the treatment of rosacea.

At MoS we use a holistic approach to the treatment of rosacea. Rosacea skin is often very sensitive, inflamed and damaged. The top surface layer has been compromised and there is often involvement of mites and bacteria. This can be the result of many internal or external exposures.

We do not just look at your skin, but carry out a medical consultation that involves all aspects of how your body works and its exposures. Our Doctors will work in combination with our Functional Nutritionist, to aid resolution so you may be required to have a couple of consultations. Rosacea is a complex condition, it’s something that needs to be maintained and managed over time but measures do exist to control the disease and improve the skin and give you back empowerment.

It is worth remembering that rosacea care and control is an ongoing program that may continue for some years. One treatment will not be the solution. Good control involves a tailored program that you understand and feel you can stick to, whilst being supported by a professional who can adapt the plan as your skin changes. Rosacea is complex and a treatment started today may require adaption in 3-6 months’ time. Rosacea can also have flare ups, which again is important to understand and know how to manage.

The aim of treatment is to calm and protect the skin and restore its protective outer layer and floral balance.

Laser can be a great treatment for rosacea. At MOS we have put together a treatment with a number of steps that utilizes the ability of the laser to:

Remove red vessels and back ground redness believed to be a driving force for the flare ups

  • Reduce vascular inflammation
  • Repair the epidermal layer
  • Kill any bacteria or mites involved.

The main issues with rosacea is an unrealistic time frame for results, causing patients to stop the plan too early, feeling it is not working and forgetting to have regular reviews as the skin changes.

Before treatment commences, we always recommend a medical consultation to discuss rosacea and treatment options available. Often laser will need to be used with a combination of other modalities which include, but are not limited to:

  • Prescription medications, if required.
  • Active skin care range tailored to your needs.
  • Medical Peels or Medical Facials to help calm the skin, reduce inflammation and restore vascular strength.
  • LED therapy or PDT or laser treatments to control rosacea.
  • Numerous techniques to help any scarring or pigmentation.
  • General advice in regards to known triggers and how to protect the skin.
  • Internal health – Gut bacteria assessment, identification of triggers or allergies, advice to reduce inflammation.
  • Hormonal profiles – identifying and treating any hormonal imbalances.
  • Skin analysis – identifying your individual skin concerns.

Laser for Rosacea FAQ

What is Laser for rosacea and how does it work?

Laser for vascular concerns uses a specific wavelength of light attracted to the chromophore oxyheamoglobin (within blood). The energy from the laser is absorbed by the blood inside the vessels, this energy is then converted to heat causing the vessels walls to be destroyed. Your Aesthetician will choose the correct wavelength of light to treat either the vessel of concern, background redness, vascular lesion or the vascular feeding system, depending on your individual concern. The aim of the treatment is to reduce or eliminate the appearance of the target of concern, whilst improving the skin’s barrier function and reducing inflammation.

What are the benefits of a laser treatment for rosacea?

Laser can be a great treatment for rosacea. At MOS we have put together a treatment with a number of steps that utilizes the ability of the laser to:

Remove red vessels and back ground redness believed to be a driving force for the flare ups

Reduce vascular inflammation

Repair the epidermal layer

Kill any bacteria or mites involved.

What areas does it treat / what does it treat?

Laser for rosacea focuses on the face.

Who is a good candidate/what age should treatment start?

This treatment is tailored for the individual with rosacea. Before treatment we recommend you book a medical consultation with our Doctor or an inner health consultation with our Functional Nutritionist, to discuss your concerns and allow them to individualize a holistic treatment plan.

What preparation do I need before having them?

Please arrive at the clinic with clean skin, no lotions, creams, perfumes, powders and no makeup on.

Please ensure you have not had any active tanning in the last 2 weeks.

Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to protect your skin.

Ensure all spray tan is removed from the skin.

If you have a risk of cold sores, start taking antivirals 2 days before the procedure.

Do not consume alcohol on the day of the procedure.

Drink plenty of water for the 48 hours leading up to the procedure.

Do not have any other facial laser, IPL or RF treatments on the skin for 2 weeks before your treatment.

If you are unwell or have any skin infections on the areas to be treated, please call us to reschedule your appointment.

Please stop any retinols (Vitamin A) treatments 1 week before the treatment.

How is the treatment performed?

The skin being treated will be cleaned. You will then be given some eye protection in the form of goggles or eye stickers. The laser will then be used to treat the areas of concern. The laser uses a cooling system too, to reduce discomfort. This blows cold area onto the surface layer of skin to cool it. The procedure is relatively comfortable.

Is it painful?

The procedure is not painful. Some steps may give a flicking sensation. The application of the laser cooling system will help to reduce any discomfort felt.

How long does the procedure take?

The entire procedure will only require about 20-30 minutes and you can even return to your normal life afterward.

Is there any downtime?

There is no to minimal downtime. When you leave your cheeks may be rosy and feel warm. This may last 1-2 days. There may also be some mild swelling for 2 to 3 days after the procedure.

What aftercare is required?

You must apply a broad-spectrum SPF minimum of 30 to the treated area for protection from the sun.

You must avoid any form of laser treatment, RF, or IPL treatment for at least a month after the procedure.

How many treatments are required?

Up to 3 treatments may be required to produce about 70% -100% clearance. For some the results can be quicker, for others more treatments may be required. Combining the treatment with other things, such as skincare and LEDs will expedite results and give better maintenance.

How long does the result last and when should it be repeated?

Rosacea can be an ongoing skin disease, so cure may not be possible. Some require continual maintenance treatments and for other the results can be permanent. The length of time it can last depends on the skin type, lifestyle, and vessels of concern. The result can last for a long time if you avoid known rosacea triggers like hot environments, alcohol, spicy foods, and hot water and follow any recommended skincare or treatments.

What treatments work well with this to ensure I look natural?

Rosacea commonly requires a multimodal treatment approach. You may require prescription medication along with skincare at home, LED treatments or nutritional and gut support.

Are there any side effects?

All laser treatments come with risks or possible side effects. These are reduced with good pre and post care

Common side effects are

Redness, swelling, no change, recurrence of the vessels

Rarer side effects of laser in general include:

Blistering, bruising, tenderness, burning, and pain

More prominent blood vessels

How much does it cost?

Each treatment costs $450

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