As many as three million Canadians suffer from rosacea, a chronic, inflammatory skin disorder that is characterized by persistent redness in the center of the face and sometimes other symptoms like red bumps, pimples, and small blood vessels. Its symptoms sometimes look similar to acne breakouts. The facial flushing caused by rosacea can go on for extended periods of time and the skin may burn, sting, and become heated. This condition is incurable, but fortunately there are some ways to manage and reduce symptoms. Bayview North Dermatology Clinic in the Toronto area offers various laser and light therapy techniques for treating unwanted pigment and vascular lesions including VBeam Perfecta laser therapy, BBL (broadband light), and GentleMax Pro.
Each light or laser technique corrects certain kinds of symptoms associated with rosacea. The best technique for you may depend on what type of rosacea you have. Note that laser and light therapies aren’t necessarily the right choice for some patients. Not all of them may be suitable for patients who have clotting disorders, deeply tanned skin, are pregnant, or are taking certain medications like Accutane. During your consultation you’ll discuss your general medical history, pre-existing health conditions, and current medications with the provider so that they can advise you on the best course of treatment.
VBeam is one option for correcting vascular skin conditions. This is a type of pulsed dye laser that minimizes both the blotches and dilated blood vessels on the face, leaving a more clear and even complexion. It applies cutting-edge pulsed dye laser technology – a type of laser system designed to selectively treat blood vessels on the skin. The VBeam Perfecta has a 595 nm wavelength laser and the concentrated wavelength of yellow light that it gives off goes through the skin without causing damage to nearby tissues but breaking up blood vessels. This laser technique can target larger patches of pigmented or vascular irregularities compared to the ones commonly addressed with other energy-based approaches like BBL.
Some patients who have severe forms of rosacea may have to undergo multiple treatments to see a significant improvement. In addition to rosacea, it also is effective for various other concerns including spider veins (facial telangiectasia), purpura, wrinkles, sun damage, other pigmented lesions, bruising, acne, and more. There is virtually no recovery time needed and aftercare is minimal. Side effects are typically minor and include bruising.
The dual platform GentleMax Pro is equipped with a 755 nm alexandrite laser, in addition to a 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser. This allows it to be customized to target all skin tone variations. Your physician can simply adjust its settings to optimize it for your specific skin tone. The treatment involves using a single wavelength of light to minimize the visible spider veins that result from rosacea without causing harm to the skin or tissues. One of the fastest tools available on the market for clearing vascular lesions, GentleMax Pro is also said to be more comfortable for patients compared to some other laser options.
FDA-cleared BBL, which is sometimes referred to as intense pulsed light therapy or a photofacial, is another method that can help relieve discoloration from rosacea. This precise, powerful phototherapy technique zaps away both redness and broken capillaries by delivering short flashes of high-intensity light directed at outer skin layers of the treatment area. The heat it gives off destroys small vessels and pigment on the skin.
In addition to making the redness fade away, it can also promote collagen generation in the skin, improving its overall tone and texture. Most patients only experience slight discomfort during this non-invasive procedure, and much like other similar treatments, patients won’t need to schedule time off to recover and can go back to their typical daily activities whenever they feel like. Some people experience some temporary bruising or swelling, and their redness might look more pronounced right after the treatment.
Want to talk more about rosacea treatments? Bayview North Dermatology Clinic can help you find the best option for your needs. To get in touch with the Toronto area practice, call them at (416) 222 (7546) or send them a message through their website.