Rosacea & Facial Veins
Rosacea begins as an innocent rosy facial flush triggered by emotional stress or exertion. You begin to notice that hot beverages, spicy foods, tomatoes, certain cheeses, sun exposure, caffeine or alcohol (especially red wine) cause your face to erupt into a bright red flare. With time, the flushing becomes more persistent as tiny blood vessels called telangiectasias, become prominent on your cheeks, nose, and chin. Many people complain of a “facial hot flash” or a stinging pain associated with these episodes. People begin to ask why your face looks constantly sun burned. These episodes can be socially embarrassing and can occur unpredictably or in response to the triggers described above.
This disease of “flushers and blushers”, Rosacea is the 3rd most common chronic skin disorder in the western world. It tends to run in families, and is more common in fair-skinned people of Celtic or Northern European heritage. It is two to three times more common in women than men but often runs a more aggressive course in males. Symptoms usually begin in persons aged 30-50, progressively worsen over time, and can lead to permanent disfiguring skin changes.
No one knows exactly what causes rosacea but the hallmarks of the disease include redness and visible blood vessels on the nose, cheeks, and chin. Tiny bumps resembling pimples often appear resulting in misdiagnosis and confusing terms such as “acne rosacea”, or “adult acne”. About half of patients with rosacea also develop ocular (eye) symptoms such as itching, burning, dryness, grittiness, and redness. In late stages, usually in men, disfiguring swelling and nodules form on the nose – a condition called rhinophyma.
The UV rays of the sun increase facial flushing of Rosacea and dilated facial veins.
While it cannot be cured, rosacea can be controlled and its progress arrested through medication and lifestyle changes. The progression of rosacea can be slowed by avoidance of activities or foods that lead to a flushing response.
What to Avoid if you Have Rosacea
- Emotional or physical stress
- Heavy exercise
- Extremely hot temperatures
- Ingestion of alcohol or spicy foods
How to Control your Rosacea
- Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide.
- Topical and oral antibiotics may provide mild improvement but will not reverse long-term changes such as dilated facial veins, persistent redness, and rhinophyma.
How to Permanently Improve your Rosacea
The redness, flushing, and facial veins of rosacea can be dramatically reduced with vascular-specific laser treatment similar to that used to clear vascular birthmarks and facial veins.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
PDT (Photodynamic Therapy)
Fraxel™ Laser Treatments
Pulsed Dye Laser
Laser treatments for rosacea and facial veins including Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) with IPL, and Fraxel™ Laser also treat sun-damage, sunspots, acne, wrinkles, fine lines, pre-cancers and Non-melanoma skin cancers.
Depending on the device, one to four laser treatments at six to eight week intervals will lead to significant reduction in facial redness, facial veins, and “acne” bumps. Laser treatments also improve skin tone and texture by stimulating new collagen in the treated skin.
What Is Laser Vein Treatment?
Laser therapy is a proven treatment for treating unsightly broken and dilated vessels on the face and body as well as other unwanted vascular lesions, such as rosacea, port wine stains and other vascular birthmarks. In fact, the latest advances in laser technology have given us a method for removal that is safer, faster and more effective than any previous treatment.
How Does Laser Vein Treatment Work?
Lasers work by emitting a specialized light that is passed through the skin and preferentially absorbed by its target, be it an unwanted hair, birthmark, tattoo or in this case, the hemoglobin (the red portion of blood) in the unwanted vessels. The laser causes the vein to break up and disappear. There are several lasers available that work remarkably well in treating unwanted veins.
What Laser is Best For Treating Rosacea or Facial veins?
Dr. Kimberly Moskowitz is proud to offer a wide variety of laser/light sources to treat unwanted vascular lesions. This allows us to treat the widest variety of patients and situations. Each option performs best for different types of patients and needs. Dr. Moskowitz will assess the laser that is best for you.
If you are experiencing rosacea or facial veins it is best to treat it early to prevent the development of more permanent or disfiguring forms. Schedule a Rosacea or facial vein treatment today at the Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center.