Rosacea, redness – Laser treatment with VBeam Perfecta
Treatment of Rosacea and redness with the VBeam Perfecta pulsed-dye laser system performed by Dr. Jean-Francois Tremblay, dermatologist dedicated to the practice of cosmetic dermatology, laser and cosmetic surgery at the MédIME clinic in Montreal.
What are broken capillaries? What is rosacea?
Broken capillaries are a skin condition that is characterized by the presence of small red or purple blood vessels and red patches on the skin’s surface. Patients affected by broken capillaries often complain of hypersensitive skin that is always irritated.
Patients with rosacea also experience redness and sensitive skin, especially on the cheeks and nose, and occasionally on the forehead and chin. Many patients with rosacea also have broken capillaries. However, the skin of patients with rosacea often has small, red pimples on the surface. Some patients also experience a thickening of the skin and enlarged pores over time. The nose can also develop a “cauliflower” appearance known as rhinophyma. Sadly, many patients are embarrassed by their rosacea, concerned that others will mistake them for alcoholics. This is completely unfounded.
What can increase the risk of rosacea?
- Family history or predisposition
- Repeated, unprotected exposure to sun rays
UVAs play in important role in the development of rosacea. UVAs are not effectively filtered by car windshields. People spend many hours a week driving and are therefore at risk of extensive sun damage that in turn can cause rosacea to flare up. Tanning salon devices also emit high UVA levels and are best avoided.
What can make rosacea worse?
- Unprotected exposure to the sun (as well as tanning salons)
- Skin-care products that are irritating, drying or contain fragrances
- Spicy foods
- Red wine and other spirits
- Exposure to extreme cold and wind
- Exposure to extreme heat and humidity
Can the onset and evolution of rosacea be prevented?
Yes. Here are the main preventive measures:
- Daily protection from UVAs and UVBs,
- Use fragrance-free cleansers, moisturizers and other anti-ageing products that are intended for sensitive skin,
- Treatments for broken capillaries-rosacea: creams, prescription medications or laser treatments.
What treatments are available?
There are medicated creams that help control pimple outbreaks, skin irritation and inflammation caused by rosacea. In more severe cases that do not improve with medicated creams, certain oral antibiotics can be helpful in reducing inflammation. Dilated blood vessels on the skin’s surface can only be eliminated with laser treatments.
How does the VBeam laser treat broken capillaries-rosacea?
The yellow, or pulsed-dye laser emits energy in the form of light that is then absorbed by the tiny capillaries. This energy helps close off undesirable capillaries that are dilated and clogged, making them disappear gradually. Patients also see an improvement in the general appearance of their skin and experience less skin irritation on a daily basis.
How is the VBeam treatment performed?
Most patients generally require a series of three to five treatments depending on the severity of their situation. Each treatment lasts for 15 to 20 minutes. No medications or numbing creams are needed. However, the laser does cause a pinching or moderate burning sensation on the treated areas.
The skin will appear slightly redder for 24 to 48 hours following each treatment. Patients can go about their day-to-day activities without causing discomfort. Remember, sun protection at all times is crucial for patients with broken capillaries!