If you suffer from rosacea, you likely feel frustrated by persistent redness, spots, and regular flare-ups of the condition. While mild forms of the condition can be concealed with makeup, more advanced cases require medical intervention. In our Beverly Hills practice, we have found great success in treating facial redness and other symptoms of rosacea with the IconTM Aesthetic laser.
There are a variety of treatments for rosacea, ranging from topical medications to systemic drugs to laser treatment. At JolieMD, our expert team of facial plastic surgeons and nurses can evaluate your skin and prescribe a customized regimen using the Icon Aesthetic laser system. If you are under the care of another dermatologist, we often working in partnership with your dermatologist to ensure that you receive holistic treatment for rosacea. The Icon laser platform features several different laser heads, allowing us to customize your treatment to correct specific symptoms of rosacea, including broken capillaries, thickened skin, and overall redness. If you suffer from rosacea, we encourage you to contact our expert team today.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that is most commonly seen in people with light skin, particularly those of Celtic descent. It is more prevalent among women, but tends to be more severe in men. Rosacea usually affects people in their 30s or 40s and fluctuates in severity until it clears up later in life. Rosacea is rarely seen in elderly people.
Rosacea usually begins as small, raised red spots on the nose, forehead, cheeks, or chin. These spots often appear in groups of two or three and persist for about two weeks before they flatten and fade. As soon as one set of spots clears, another set starts to appear. Without treatment these flare-ups will continue, typically in response to certain triggers, until a noticeable redness has spread across the center of the face. After rosacea spots have resolved, redness in the area can persist for months or even years. In addition to spots, individuals with rosacea tend to redden or flush easily in response to changes in temperature, certain foods, and alcohol.
For the majority of rosacea sufferers, the main concern is diffuse redness across the face; however some individuals will experience more severe effects. Ocular rosacea can affect the eyes and eyelids, causing redness, irritation, light sensitivity, and blurry vision. Rosacea can cause the thin to thicken and form irregular nodes on the skin. This can occur on the chin, nose, cheeks, eyelids, and forehead and can cause serious disfigurement. In rare cases, the nose may be become dramatically enlarged, requiring surgery to correct.
If you have rosacea, it’s very important that you identify any triggers that worsen your condition. Avoiding these triggers when possible can help reduce the frequency of flare-ups and prevent the condition from progressing to a more advanced stage. Examples of common rosacea triggers include:
We recommend that our Los Angeles patients keep a journal to record changes in their skin and possible triggers that may have caused them.