Vascular lesions such as rosacea affect more than 16 million Americans. Rosacea can present as redness of the forehead, cheeks, nose and/or chin. Many of our patients who we are seeing for the first time tell us that they get “flushing” during their flare-ups where their face feels unbearably hot. Being in the sun or eating spicy foods can exacerbate these symptoms. If untreated, the redness tends to worsen and the blood vessels become more visible. Bumps and pimples can develop and worsen into a condition called rhinophyma, which disfigures the nose.
Interestingly, only a small fraction of these 16 million people are being treated. Most of the time, they don’t realize that there is an alternative treatment for this other than creams and ointments. It is important to understand that while there is no complete cure for rosacea, the symptoms and the appearance of the redness can be improved with intense pulsed light (IPL).
The Day of Your Treatment
IPL is performed every 3 to 4 weeks in the autumn and winter months (when sun exposure is not so intense). Numbing cream will be applied to your face prior to your treatment. The cream is then wiped off and a gel will be applied to your face. Eye protection is worn at all times. At your initial treatment, Dr. Wong will determine the settings that work best for your skin. You may feel a warm sensation in the treated areas. After your treatment, the gel is wiped off and sunblock applied to your skin. You will return in 3-4 weeks for your next treatment. The treated vessel sometimes will turn grey and slowly fade. Typically, our patients have already noticed an improvement in their symptoms after their first treatment.
If you are looking to improve your rosacea, call for a consultation to see if IPL is right for you.