What are different types and symtoms
There are 4 different types of rosacea
Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea- redness, flushing
and broken blood vessels on skin.
Papulopustular Rosacea- spots and breakouts-
mainly affecting the 'T' zone of the face.
Phymatous Rosacea- mainly affects nose with enlarged
pores, thickened skin and bulbous appearance. You can watch a
video of CO2 laser treatment of rhinophyma here
Ocular Rosacea- often goes unrecognised, symptoms
are watery eyes, red eyes, burning, stinging, light sensitivity
What treatments are available?
Commonly prescribed treatments include antibiotic
creams, oral antibiotics & azelaic acid etc. Unfortunately,
these treatments may not be very effective and lot of patients
give up having treatment and live with their rosacea.
What light based treatments are available?
We use Intense Pulsed Light
to effectively treat redness and broken capillaries in rosacea.
Lumenis IPL is perhaps the best form of laser and light therapy
for rosacea sufferers. In addition to Lumenis IPL we have a number
of different lasers including Pulse Dye
Laser, Long wavelength diode laser and
Nd-yag laser for treating rosacea. Well known lasers for rosacea
treatment are V-beam and V-star lasers. These are types of pulsed
With repeated flare-ups fine new blood vessels
develop and cause facial flushing, redness and soreness. These
can be very effectively treated by IPL or lasers. LED
is also a treatment option for some patients but this is mainly
a maintenance procedure after a series of IPLor laser treatments.
Sun protection is very important. If unavoidable, use the maximum
SPF factor cream that you can get hold of. Some patients find
that acidic foods make their symptoms worse.
How does IPL and lasers work?
IPL and lasers have two important actions that help in Rosacea.
Firstly blood vessels responsible for flushing and redness absorb
the light energy, this heats them up and seals them, improving
the appearance. Secondly the light energy stimulates new collagen
growth, this improves the support and improves skin texture. A
series of treatments are normally required for good results.
about photo rejuvenation treatment to reverse effects of rosacea
what our patients say
[ we are grateful to our patients who have allowed
us to display these photographs]