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Algonquin dermatologist avoids side effects of laser treatment for rosacea, so healthy skin shines through
Posted by Dr. Vikram Khanna
Laser and light therapies may be recommended to treat the redness and prominent veins of rosacea, partly, because this technology has a minimal risk of complications. Side effects of laser treatment in Algonquin IL and elsewhere depend on the skill of the person applying the light energy to your skin. You’re at the right place for treatment you can trust; Dr. Vic Khanna is a Board-certified skin specialist whose experience with rosacea and procedures to manage it minimizes the serious side effects that can occur when lasers are applied outside of a medical setting and by individuals who do not have appropriate training with these technologies. Laser treatment is a real surgical procedure. When these devices are not used as designed, you may experience:
Laser or light therapy is frequently combined with other common treatments, such as prescription topical creams. Following a consultation and thorough skin and medical evaluation, Dr. Khanna is likely to recommend light-based treatments if your rosacea is characterized by visible blood vessels, or extensive redness. Of the four “subtypes,” patients who have either erythematotelangiectatic or papulopustular rosacea are most likely to be candidates for light-based procedures. These subtypes include red discoloration, flushing, visible blood vessels, redness, swelling, and breakouts that resemble acne.
Dr. Khanna may also recommend laser resurfacing with fractional ablative CO2 to treat the thickening or disfigurement caused by phymatous rosacea, which is associated with a rough, bumpy texture. The dryness, burning, swelling, and tearing of ocular rosacea may be controlled with prescription medications including oral antibiotics instead of procedures.
As a treatment for symptoms of rosacea, Dr. Khanna uses a laser or IPL device to direct wavelengths to blood vessels underneath the skin. The heat produced by the laser’s energy builds up in those vessels, safely destroying them. These devices can also be used to address the buildup of excess tissue inherent with phymatous rosacea, but laser resurfacing procedures may be more appropriate to remove excess tissue and to reshape the nose, an area frequently affected by this condition.
The newest devices are designed to minimize the risk of some of the most common side effects from light-based procedures, which include:
Pinkness or redness
Purple or red spotting
Tight, itchy sensation
These side effects tend to clear quickly, and turning to a skilled dermatologic surgeon like Dr. Khanna helps to minimize the risk of severe complications that become permanent features of your face, such as scars. It’s also important to take his professional post-treatment and long-term care considerations to heart. By using sun protection techniques and products as directed, you avoid developing permanent scarring. Throughout the process, it’s important to be open with your doctor about any characteristics that may put you at greater risk of side effects like sensitivity to light or if you bruise easily.
Low-risk, yet no less powerful
When advanced technologies and surgical skill meet, you don’t have to go through pain to see and feel dramatic gains. Most patients saw a 75 to 90% reduction in visible blood vessels after one to two treatment sessions spaced four weeks apart. Some patients completely cleared their rosacea symptoms.
Thickening may also be treated, but the earlier you can address excess tissue, the easier it is to treat. Results often last about five years, and treated vessels don’t reappear. But new vessels can become visible, so it’s important to take any medications as advised and to complete follow-up treatment sessions to maintain beautiful results. A cornerstone of long-term skin health includes adhering to a proper skin care regimen built around your rosacea subtype and unique characteristics. It’s also important to identify lifestyle or environmental triggers to avoid flare-ups. The National Rosacea Society reports the most common triggers among 1,066 rosacea patients surveyed included, in order of prevalence:
Paired with gentle skincare and prescription topicals, laser or light therapies offer a powerful way for the natural beauty of your skin to shine through. What is your best treatment plan? Dermatology Specialists of Illinois won’t know until they speak with you and evaluate your skin. Schedule your consultation now. Call 844-307-7546.