Rosacea is a condition which affects over 16 million Americans and this number is on the raise. The exact etiology of this condition is not well known however there are several possible causes, which are still under investigation. The presence of the Demodex, a microscopic mite, a normal inhabitant of the human facial skin is considered one of the causative agents. In patients with Rosacea the number of Demodex is much higher than in the rest of the population. By disrupting the skin barrier they trigger a chain of inflammatory reactions which can cause the subtype 2 (papulopustular ) rosacea.
Other factors are genetics, vascular, or neurovascular. Redness is the most common symptom and is generally triggered by exposure to UV light, changes on temperature, exposure to skin irritants, strong emotions, alcoholic beverages or spicy foods.
In more advanced cases papules, pimples or dilated vessels are visible. Watery eyes may indicate ocular rosacea.
There is no cure for rosacea and the treatment is aimed at improving the symptoms, treating the acne, decreasing the inflammation, reducing the skin sensitivity , the flushing and closing the dilated vessels.
There are several subtypes of rosacea from the very early to more advanced stages and the treatment will be customized to the individual case. In our practice each patient will undergo a consultation and depending on the severity of each case we will recommend a medical treatment often combined with IPL phototherapy.*
BBL (BroadBand Light) and IPL (Intense Pulse Light)
BBL treats various skin conditions, such as Rosacea, with precise light treatments. Your skin will appear smoother and more radiant than before, and redness will be decreased. The heat from the light stimulates your skin cells to produce new collagen. Vessels are targeted that result in in skin redness and unwanted pigmented lesions. Response to this therapy can be improved by the addition of other medical treatments: low dose antibiotics or topicals like metronidazole or azelaic acid.*
Intense Pulse Light Treatments
Rosacea can be effectively treated with IPL with decrease in the erythema (redness) and telangiectasia (enlarged capillaries). Response to this therapy can be improved by the addition of other medical treatments: low dose antibiotics or topicals like metronidazole or azelaic acid.*
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**Results may vary. Unless noted otherwise, testimonials are of real patients who have completed treatment(s.) Before and after images reflect real results from real patients, although individual results may vary. Statements estimating treatment duration and the amount of treatments required are based on the typical experience of patients of Park Avenue Medical Spa, however, duration and amount of treatments needed may vary per client.
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