About my condition
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition which expresses itself in redness on the face and sometimes on the neck and chest. The exact cause of Rosacea is unknown and many who are affected by it are unaware of their condition.
One option for rosacea treatment is using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL uses controlled light in specific wavelengths to alleviate the inflammation, redness, pimples and uneven skin tones caused by the condition.
How does this treatment work?
The IPL procedure removes facial superficial vessels and as a result, dramatically decreases or completely eliminates facial redness.
What happens on the day
If your doctor has prescribed a laser treatment, you will need to sign a consent form and have photographs taken for your medical records. You will then have to remove any makeup and wear protective eyewear. A Doctor or laser trained nurse, under the supervision of your treating Doctor, will perform the treatments. After the treatment, most people might have mild redness and a cool pack and cooling gel will be applied to reduce any heat and discomfort. Most people can then return to work or home.
Risks, side effects, precautions
- Discomfort - varies for people. From a stinging sensation to a rubber band snap. May last up to an hour for some people. The vast majority of people tolerate discomfort however for others we have topical anaesthetic and laughing gas for pain relief and anxiety on site.
- Redness – usually resolves 24-48 hours
- Damage to natural skin texture - crusting which can take up to 5-10 days to heal.
Less common but important to know about :
- Change of pigmentation - more commonly darker skin types or if sun exposure before or after the treatment. (Hyperpigmentation can fade in 3 months but hypopigmentation may last longer)
- Scarring - extremely rare and more likely in those who have keloid tendency
- Excessive swelling especially around eyes – temporary swelling which resolves in few hours to 7 days.
- Bruising – rare. Fades over a month.
- Burns – small chance. Reduced by performing test patches.
how many treatments suggested
About 3 approximately 2-4 weeks apart.
suitable skin types
Lighter skin types.
Minimal. Discomfort maximum 1 hour. Redness resolves over 1-2 days. Makeup ok to wear the next day.
- Sun avoidance minimum 2 weeks before and after treatments.
- SPF50+ sun protection for 1 month after treatment.
- No fake tan 2 weeks prior.
- Please ensure you tell your doctor if you take any photosensitizing medications such as doxycycline (often prescribed for acne or malaria prevention), St Johns Wart, RoaccutaneTM, Retinoic Acid topical creams.
- Herpes Simplex Virus.
how do I start?
A doctor is required to prescribe a laser treatment. If you would like to discuss whether a laser treatment is suitable for your skin condition, please make an appointment to see one of our Skin Doctors who will fully assess + advise you about your skin condition, treatment options and suitability of your skin for laser/IPL treatments. At the end of your treatment course our skin doctors will assess your improvement.