What is Rosacea?

Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a common, yet chronic and potentially life-disruptive skin disorder. Persons diagnosed with this condition typically experience redness of the face and often produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Rosacea is often characterized by numerous flare-ups and periods of remission.

Rosacea can occur in anyone, although it most commonly affects middle-aged women with fair skin. Over time, the redness tends to become more ruddy and persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear.

In some cases, persons diagnosed with rosacea will experience eye irritation, or they may complain of burning, stinging and itching of the face. The skin may present with a dry appearance to include swelling and/or plaques, which are raised, red patches.

What is the recommended treatment?

Because the signs and symptoms of rosacea vary from one patient to another, treatment must be tailored for each individual case.

There are various oral and topical medications which may be prescribed to treat the bumps and pimples often associated with rosacea.

When appropriate, treatments with lasers, intense pulsed light sources or other medical and surgical devices may be used to remove visible blood vessels and reduce extensive redness.

If left untreated, rosacea is known to worsen over time. Rosacea signs and symptoms may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then diminish before flaring up again. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems. While there’s no cure for rosacea, treatments can control and reduce the signs and symptoms.

At the Petroff Center, we offer the Prolite II, which is an Intense Pulsed Light System (IPL) to treat the overall redness or flushing of the face, neck and chest. A gradual decrease in the overall redness and flushing can be expected and your rosacea will show significant improvement.

The Prolite II offers a non-invasive, safe and effective solution which restores a youthful appearance. This principal is known as photorejuvenation. Prolite II treatments require no down-time and can be combined with other procedures to achieve maximum results without invasive surgery. 4-6 treatments are recommend for optimal results, and treatments are performed approximately 4-6 weeks apart.

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