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How does the Rosacea treatment work?

Rosacea treatment involves lasers which emit high energy at a specific wavelength (or colour) in a single beam. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is broadband light and delivers hundreds of wavelengths (or colours) in a single discharge. Both lasers and IPL are able to selectively target blood (haemoglobin) within the skin without collateral damage to the surrounding structures. The light energy is absorbed by blood inside the veins, heating up the vessel wall, which collapses and over time dissolves.

Discrete facial thread veins are most effectively treated utilizing either

  • Nd Yag 1064nm LP laser for larger diameter (0.1-0.6mm), deeper blue/purple vessels. This laser can also be used in a ‘free running’ mode to effectively reduce flushing by destroying the deeper feeder vessels.
  • KTP 532nm LP laser for larger diameter (0.1-0.3mm), superficial bright red vessels.

Diffuse red blush is most effectively treated utilizing the V Beam 595nm PDL. This technology is now far superior to the most advanced IPL treatments.

What does the Rosacea treatment feel like?

The energy is delivered in very short flashes of light called pulses. As the laser light penetrates the skin’s surface the sensation is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. The procedure produces only mild discomfort and usually normal activities can be resumed immediately.

Are there any side effects?

IPL and 1064 Nd:Yag lasers – In a minority of cases, redness and irritation of the treated area may occur (like sunburn). There is also a small risk of pigment change following treatment. Very rarely, patients develop bruising and blistering. This settles within days.

Pulsed dye lasers – Advanced protocols utilizing multi-pass techniques now enable the use of pulsed dye lasers in non-bruising modes. This enables a rapid return to normal activities with little or no downtime. Long-term side effects such as pigment change and scarring are very rare.

Who performs the Rosacea treatment?

Our expert medical team has in excess of 30 years laser experience and have completed more than 150,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at our Cambridge Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners.

To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, our staff are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

How many treatments are needed?

Diffuse Redness

Advanced protocols with the V Beam 595nm PDL enable the use of multi-pass techniques, allowing the operator to pass over the skin several times in one treatment session. Each pass is accompanied by an alteration in laser parameters including altering spot sizes and pulse widths (shutter speeds). The result is a dramatic acceleration in the speed of results and hence a significantly reduced numbers of treatment sessions. A series of 2 to 4 treatment sessions are usually recommended at monthly intervals.

Discrete blood vessels

Usually 1 to 2 treatment sessions are required at 8 to 10 weekly intervals.

Is laser treatment safe?

There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest laser treatment can lead to skin disorders or increase the risk of skin cancer. Although medical laser clinics are no longer regulated by the CQC (Care Quality Commission), we continue to adhere to the strict standards that were in the past mandatory under government legislation. This is the best indicator currently available that our Cambridge Laser Clinic is trustworthy.

Our lasers are cleared by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and have full CE clearance for Europe.

All consultations are free of charge so why not call our team of experts today?