IPL Rosacea Treatment in Gaithersburg, MD
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting 1 in 20 Americans that can worsen over time if left untreated. It causes extreme sensitivity of facial blood vessels to topical triggers like touch, heat or sunlight. Unlike sensitive skin, with rosacea the problem is sensitive blood vessels, not sensitive skin cells. As symptoms progress, small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks swell and become inflamed and visible, sometimes resembling spider webs. Rosacea may also cause thickening of the skin on the nose, creating a bulbous appearance, especially in male sufferers.
Though its causes are not well understood, rosacea appears to more often affect fair-skinned individuals and may be exacerbated by lifestyle, heredity and environment. Traditional treatment typically involves ointments, creams, oral medications including antibiotics and a number or natural remedies; however, many of these treatments fail to provide long-term solutions. Fortunately, intense pulsed light (IPL) laser treatment offers the latest in skincare technology to eradicate visible signs of rosacea.
If you are suffering from rosacea, IPL rosacea treatment can be a safe and effective way to treat your condition. To schedule a consultation with a qualified skincare professional in Gaithersburg that specializes in rosacea treatment, call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
What is IPL Laser Treatment?
IPL is an acronym for intense pulsed light, which is actually not a true laser. Lasers use single wavelengths of energy, while IPL devices expose the patient to a broader spectrum of light energy. By delivering broadband light in highly focused pulses, IPL can pinpoint problem areas, including inflamed, damaged capillaries, without disturbing healthy tissue or damaging other blood vessels. IPL laser treatment can address various skin conditions including age spots, birthmarks, freckles, skin discoloration or pigmentation, and unsightly blood vessels and veins, but it is increasingly becoming recognized for its success in treating rosacea.
Your rosacea facial redness, flushing and visible, inflamed blood vessels will gradually vanish over time with a series of IPL treatments. IPL will cause controlled injury to problem blood vessels and trigger your body's natural response to break down and remove damaged tissue, while new cells will rebuild new tissue. With IPL treatment, rosacea symptoms can be reversed. IPL laser treatment has the potential to:
- Reduce redness
- Erase inflamed capillaries and blood vessels
- Remove small red pustules or bumps
What to Expect from IPL Rosacea Treatment
When you arrive for your treatment, you will be given IPL protective eyewear. A bright light will be even with the IPL eye shields. Anesthetics are not typically required, but if your skin is especially sensitive, let your IPL healthcare professional know. A topical anesthetic, or a cooling gel, may be applied to your skin, which reduces the sensation of heat from the device. Some IPL practitioners also apply cooling air to your skin during treatment. The primary sensation during the IPL treatment is a mild stinging sensation.
Sessions usually last from 15-30 minutes during which time precisely calibrated, multiple-spectrum light waves are emitted by the hand piece which is held above the targeted area.
You may experience slight redness that should fade within an hour after the treatment. In some cases, there can be a mild lingering sensation of sunburn that usually fades within 1-2 days. There is no downtime, scarring or recovery period required, but you may be instructed to avoid sun exposure 48 hours before and after each treatment. IPL is ideally scheduled during the months of fall, winter and spring, avoiding high sun exposure in summertime.
If you've been suffering from rosacea, IPL rosacea treatment can be a safe and effective way to treat your condition. Request more information about rosacea and IPL laser treatments today. Call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
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