May 2, 2017
Author: Steven Greene, MD
Rosacea cannot be cured but it can be controlled. This chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects an estimated 16 million Americans is perhaps one, if not the, most common skin disorder Dr. Greene sees in patients at ADLIS. Often characterized by flare-ups and remissions, rosacea appears as persistent redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, neck and/or chest. Over time, blood vessels under the skin become more visible and if left untreated, pimples and swelling may develop.
Predispositions to rosacea include fair-skinned individuals with tendencies to flush or blush. Luckily there are effective treatments to manage rosacea but first, we recommend being evaluated and diagnosed by a physician (preferably a board-certified dermatologist) before proceeding with treatment.
Apart from topical therapies and over-the-counter products geared toward ‘sensitive skin’ types, our most effective treatment for rosacea is the Excel V Laser. The Excel V Laser targets and eliminates vascular skin concerns (redness and veins). The number of treatments with this laser will vary based on the needs of the patient, but typically a series of 2-4 sessions is recommended for optimal results. This is a timely procedure, taking no longer than fifteen to forty-five minutes per session, with minimum down-time and discomfort.
If more traditional options for treatment have failed to yield results, it may be time to talk to a dermatologist about the Excel V Laser. Call 206-402-4797 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Greene. In the meantime, check out our ‘Before and After Photos’ section to view results of real patients who used the Excel V Laser to reduce the appearance of rosacea.