Rosacea is a common disorder of the facial skin that affects millions of Americans. Rosacea is characterized by redness or flushing on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. There are often small visible blood vessels on the face, along with bumps or pimples. When rosacea is untreated for long periods of time, there may be a change in the size or shape of the nose and/or chin. Additionally, rosacea can affect the eyes and cause dry, itchy and scratchy feelings.
Prescription creams and medications can lessen symptoms and improve the appearance of the skin. A series of laser treatments can reduce redness and improve the appearance of blood vessels associated with this condition. These treatments require little or no recovery time. Treatment of rosacea can also lead to improvement in eye symptoms as well.
If you live in the greater Stamford area or Fairfield County, Connecticut, feel free to schedule a consultation with us to discuss laser treatment of your rosacea, blood vessels or redness.
Commonly asked questions about laser for rosacea/red blood vessels
I have had laser for my red blood vessels before and it did not help much, why?
Being the only dermatologist with advanced fellowship training in lasers in the lower Fairfield county area, Dr. Ibrahimi sees many patients who were treated elsewhere with either the wrong laser and/or the wrong laser settings and did not experience any improvement. Often many offices/spas attempt to use their one laser to treat everything that comes in the door or employ staff that do not have an advanced understanding of laser-tissue interactions.
As the only comprehensive laser surgery center in the area, Dr. Ibrahimi is able to select from an arsenal of lasers to pick the exact laser that would be most beneficial to your condition.
Does the laser hurt?
The laser involves a small amount of discomfort, however it is generally tolerable without any type of numbing medication. The vast majority of our patients are not bothered by the discomfort of the laser treatment.
How many treatments does it take?
The speed at which your rosacea/red blood vessels will be improve depends on a few things: 1) How severe the redness is 2) The skill level of the person operating the laser. A dermatologist that understands the physics of laser-skin interactions is not the same as a nurse or non-physician who has minimal understanding of the laser. 3) The type of laser used. Many places rent lasers which are moved around from location to location, which lessens the efficacy of the device. We use a state-of-the-art laser specific for blood vessels which is not rented or shared by anyone else.
What does it cost to treat my rosacea/red blood vessels?
It is not possible to give a simple answer to this question. It depends on the size, and type of lesions being treated and this can only be evaluated by a consultation. Be wary of those who offer you a bargain or a lower price. If you need more treatments because the person who is treating you does not understand laser physics, the “cheaper” treatment may actually work out to be more expensive than seeing a laser expert who can optimize the laser settings for you and improve the appearance of your broken blood vessels or rosacea faster.