Rosacea is characterised by redness and visible blood vessels commonly seen on the cheeks, producing red, pus-filled bumps. Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment is available to treat rosacea. However, these symptoms can flare up and reduce periodically.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea refers to a skin condition that often presents as red cheeks with visible blood vessels and multiple small red bumps.
Common Symptoms of Rosacea Include:
- Facial redness on cheeks and central parts of the face where small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks swell and become visible
- Swollen red bumps that may feel hot and tender
- Dry, irritated and swollen eyes and eyelids
- Enlarged nose: The skin around and on the nose can thicken over time, causing the nose to appear bulbous
Why Have IPL Therapy for Rosacea?
The cause of rosacea is unknown, and flare-ups can be caused by several factors, including excessive hot drinks, alcohol, extreme temperatures, sunlight and wind, emotions, exercise or cosmetic products. These are common factors that are encountered day to day, affecting a person’s self-esteem, confidence, and mental well-being. However, these flare-ups can be controlled and reduced for longer-term through laser therapy.
Benefits of IPL Therapy Include
- Improved appearance of facial redness
- Improves the appearance of flushing and telangiectasia
- Reduces the size of the blood vessels, therefore, reducing visibility of vessels on the skin
- Reduces thickening of the skin on the nose
Risks of IPL Therapy Include:
- Skin feeling tight
- Redness or bruising
IPL Therapy for Rosacea Explained
Generally, the process will include and encompass the following:
- A laser is passed over the affected areas and sends light impulses onto the skin
- The heat from the laser is directed at the blood vessels, and damages the dilated veins and causes them to shrink so they are no longer visible
- There is minimal damage to the surrounding area
- Multiple treatments may be required depending on the severity of the condition
How Much Does Rosacea IPL Therapy Cost?
- Depending on the size of the affected area, Rosacea IPL therapy can cost upwards of £250 per treatment.
- Commonly, even after being referred to a dermatologist through the NHS, topical and medication treatments are offered to combat rosacea. Additionally, advice on how and what triggers to avoid will be given. However, IPL treatments are not widely offered on the NHS and will often be sought privately.