Rosacea is a Skin Condition that effects parts of the face, giving symptoms which can be similar to acne, as well as Facial Flushing.
Redness (erythema) of parts of the face which can look similar to sunburn. Small lumpy red spots (papules) and small cysts (pustules) on the face. The spots and cysts look similar to acne. These may come and go in some cases but, in others, remain long-term unless treated. Telangiectasia on the face which are small unsightly superficial red, purple or blue veins that occur around the nose and across the cheeks and chin, that can be seen and can become quite prominent on the face.
Facial vessels are effectively treated with either Laser or Intense Pulse Light (IPL), with minimal downtime or risk, in just a few quick and easy treatments. We can also treat birthmarks such as port wine stains and vascular scarring.
How does Intense Pulsed Light Work?
The light emitted from the Intense Pulsed Light system directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing the total number and severity of active lesions, and lessening the inflammation and occurrence of break-outs. The light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts.
How is the treatment carried out?
A layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin to help guide the light. The light guide is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is passed over the skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of the treatment is very short. The gel is removed and the skin is moisturised. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. If you are pregnant or taking Roaccutane (an acne medication) it is best not to undergo laser or Intense Pulsed Light treatment. How does the treatment feel? Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar to the flick of an elastic band.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after treatment the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Typically the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied.
Are there any side effects?
The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
How long does treatment take?
A typical treatment session is approximately 30 minutes.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but typically 6 Intense Pulsed Light treatments are needed. Intense Pulsed Light treatments should take place fortnightly.
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.
“The right side of my face has stayed clear and the left side has shown a definite improvement after 3 treatments”
“Not only have I seen a decrease in the number of spots, my skin tone seems to be much more uniform too!”