Rosacea is difficult to treat with surgery, but responds very well to laser treatment. Little red traces that appear on the face can be toned down or eliminated.
The procedure often requires several sessions, with a minimum interval of 6 to 8 weeks in between, and can be carried out with the aid of different lasers or a pulsed light lamp.
Target: Rosacea, but also thread (spider) veins, erythema, radiodermatitis, various vascular disorders such as angiomas.
How does it work? The light beam causes an increase in the temperature of hemoglobin and causes photocoagulation. Despite cooling of the skin by a ventilation system or the application of a cool gel on the skin, which reduces the heat generated by the laser, there's a stinging sensation during treatment.
Post-treatment: A purpura (red or purple discoloration) appears where the impact was made if a dye laser is used and this requires treatment. A high level of sun protection is essential until the after-effects (redness and swelling) have completely disappeared.
Result: The fading is gradual and is more noticeable the more sessions you have. An added bonus is that the quality of the skin often improves where treatment has taken place.
Price: £100 to £400 per session. Available on the NHS.