What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes the skin to appear inflamed and red, usually around the nose and cheeks. Rosacea can happen to almost anybody, but it's widespread among middle-aged to older women with light skin. When left untreated, rosacea can worsen over time. While there is no cure for rosacea, solutions are available to treat and minimize your symptoms. Dermatology Center of Dallas offers innovative solutions, including KTP laser treatments, to lighten the skin and minimize the symptoms of this chronic condition. If you struggle with red, swollen skin caused by rosacea, our caring team in Dallas, TX can help. We will examine your skin and develop a personalized treatment plan to keep your condition at bay. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
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What Causes Rosacea?
While the exact cause of the condition is unknown, it is believed that it is brought on by a combination of environmental and hereditary factors. Individuals of Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry appear to have a greater prevalence of rosacea. Patients usually have other family members who suffer from either rosacea or severe acne. Individuals who are likely to have bad acne have a greater chance of developing rosacea. Specialists think that an overactive immune system can cause rosacea, especially when the immune system panics with exposure to a particular bacterium or even a mite. These theories, however, haven't been shown to be fully supported.
You will find a significant number of elements that can aggravate rosacea because they raise the blood flow to the surface of the skin. These may include alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks, sun, extreme temperatures, hot baths or showers, anxiety, anger or embarrassment, strenuous exercise, and specific medications.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Indicators of rosacea may vary from mild to severe, but the standard sign of rosacea is noticeable redness in the central part of the face. Other signs include visibly swollen blood vessels on the nose and cheeks, as well as small, acne-like bumps that may contain a discharge. The skin can also feel tender and hot to the touch. Roughly half of rosacea sufferers have eye issues, such as dry eye, irritation, and red, swollen eyelids. Though the specific cause of the condition is unknown, most individuals with rosacea have a family history of the condition or have suffered from bad acne.
Dermatology Center of Dallas can prescribe a number of treatments, including antibiotics, creams, and lotions. For more severe cases, we may recommend KTP laser sessions performed in our office. The KTP laser delivers gentle energy beams to target the dilated blood vessels just below the skin's surface. You may need 2 – 3 treatments to obtain your best results. Afterward, many patients notice reduced facial redness and a smoother, more even complexion.
How common is rosacea?
In the U.S., it is estimated that more than 14 million people have rosacea.
Can rosacea be cured?
While there is currently no permanent cure for rosacea, there are several treatment options that can dramatically reduce the appearance and symptoms of rosacea.
How many treatments will I need for my rosacea?
How many treatments you will need for your rosacea will depend on the severity of your condition, type of treatment recommended, and your goals. During your consultation, we will examine your skin, go over your medical history, listen to your goals, and create a treatment plan to help you reach your goals. Typically, many patients can see great results with 2 – 3 treatments when opting for KTP laser treatments for rosacea.
Do KTP laser treatments for rosacea hurt?
Most patients don't find KTP laser treatments painful and say the sensation is mild, but more sensitive areas of the face like the upper lip or nose may be uncomfortable for some people. We can apply a topical anesthetic to make you more comfortable during your procedure.
How long is a laser treatment for rosacea?
The length of the treatment session will depend on the size of the area treated and other factors, but most can be completed in about 45 minutes or less.
Boost Your Self-Esteem
For individuals with rosacea, the condition extends beyond physical symptoms, as it can lead to emotional stress and social anxiety, too. The team at Dermatology Center of Dallas is very experienced in performing cutting-edge treatments to help rosacea patients manage their condition and improve their quality of life. Reach out to our Dallas, TX office to schedule an appointment so we can help you put your best face forward.