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Savannah, GA 31406
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Rosacea treatments
 

WHAT CAUSES ROSACEA?
The two main causes of rosacea are the genetic predisposition to develop veins and redness from the sun. When people are predisposed to rosacea, flare-ups can occur simply from the sunlight exposure resulting from daily outdoor activities such as walking outside or driving.

IS THERE A CURE FOR ROSACEA?
While there is no “cure” for rosacea, there are effective treatments available. Inflammatory symptoms, such as acne-type lesions, can develop with rosacea, but may be treated effectively with oral and/or topical antibiotics. Laser treatment is recommended for blood vessels and spider veins that form secondary to rosacea.

CAN ROSACEA GET WORSE WITHOUT TREATMENT?
Rosacea will get worse if you don't treat it. It takes a long time for the veins to first appear on the face (the first sign of rosacea). The sun first has to hit the skin for a long enough period to stimulate the creation of the first few blood vessels.  Once those have formed, it is much easier for the sun to stimulate the gene on those cells to produce even more. So what started with a little redness ends up becoming a full-blown case of rosacea.

WHAT IS ROSACEA? 

Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition with a range of symptoms that generally start with blushing or modest redness on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. People who are most affected by rosacea tend to be 30-40 years old and have a lighter complexion.

As Rosacea progresses, symptoms typically worsen with persistent redness on the nose and cheeks. Small blood vessels begin to grow and worsen with time. Some people report that generalized redness may become constant and becomes worse when they exercise or drink coffee or alcohol. Some people mistakenly refer to rosacea as “adult acne” because pimples can sometimes form on the skin of people with rosacea.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF ROSACEA

•    Facial redness: Facial redness and flushing are the most common signs of rosacea and usually are the first to develop. As the condition worsens, generalized redness may persist. Skin may become rough and irritated.

•    Bumps and pimples: Pimples and raised skin patches known as plaques can also develop on the skin in addition to the redness. Not to be confused for adult acne.

•  Enlargement of the nose (Rhinophyma): Rosacea may also cause an enlargement of the nose, resulting in an enlarged, bulbous appearance.

•   Ocular Rosacea: Common in many rosacea suffers. Symptoms of ocular rosacea typically include runny or swollen eyes, bloodshot eyes and stinging. An eye examination by an ophthalmologist is strongly recommended.

LASER TREATMENTS FOR ROSACEA

Fortunately, certain forms of laser treatment may help diminish the symptoms of rosacea. Many patients will not require another laser treatment for two to eight years, Being vigilant about using sunscreen dily following treatment, along with reducing sun exposure are key to keeping rosacea symptoms under control, translating in to less frequently needed laser treatments.

DO LASER TREATMENTS HURT?

 Most people find the laser treatments to be tolerably annoying or slightly uncomfortable.
Also, there is minimal downtime following the laser treatment. Side effects includes swelling which may last from 15 minutes to four days, but usually lasts from two to six hours, and some redness, which usually lasts for an hour or two after the laser treatment. Some patients get purpura, or bruising, for four to seven days.

HOW MUCH DOES A LASER TREATMENT COST?

 The cost of laser rosacea treatments will depend on your individual case and the number of treatments you will require. Your dermatologist can advise you on cost and on the type and number of treatments you require. Prescription medicines are also typically incorporated as part of the overall treatment for rosacea.

 
 
 
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