Rosacea is a common skin disorder. It is still unclear what causes it, and its cure has not been found yet. It is believed to be caused by abnormalities in blood vessels of the face. People with rosacea experience a higher tendency to facial flushing, constant redness and visible blood vessels. The most common distribution of the redness and flushing is on the cheeks, nose and forehead. The symptoms of this disorder get worse during a flare-up, and can include small red bumps which are filled with pus on the skin. A cycle of flare-ups and then clearing up of symptoms can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months at a time. There are four subtypes of this disorder and each can be distinguished on the variation of the symptoms. However, redness and red bumps are seen in all. Other symptoms range from oily skin, thick skin, dry skin, skin sensitive to light, breakout with acne – like appearance and inclusion of eyes in the distribution area.

Rosacea is a chronic disorder, and long bouts of flare-ups can cause a lot of distress for people. It can interfere with leading a normal life and result in low self-esteem, depression and embarrassment.

Treatment option: Cutera Laser Excel V
Laser therapy has shown promise in treating the symptoms of rosacea. It is not a cure, but it allows management of redness and flare-ups by getting rid of visible blood vessels and reducing redness. Results have often shown improvement by up to 25 – 60%, depending upon the subtype of rosacea and the severity of the disorder. The results are good and last from 3 to 5 years.

Cutera Laser Excel V provides class leading results for treating rosacea. The system is the gold standard for vascular lesions. Its dual-wavelength lasers allow the best therapy possible for the patient’s treatment. Along with contact cooling, Excel V lasers have been developed with feedback from top physicians, ensuring the most efficient and long-lasting therapy.

Treatment option: other methods
Currently, there are no other long-term treatment options available for rosacea. Options to manage flare-ups to a degree include oral antibiotics, topical medication and prevention using sunscreen. Most of these methods are last for twelve hours or less and are not very effective towards redness and flushing.

The number of visits, and the average length of a visit for laser treatment?
Depending on the affected facial area, a visit can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. The number of visits required is determined by the doctor upon examination and are 3 to 4 weeks apart.

Side Effects of Laser treatment
The most usual side effects related to laser treatment include swelling and redness. Using ice packs can reduce the swelling and moisturizers are used for soothing effects. More adverse but rare side effects include burns from the laser heat, skin infection and scarring.

Recovery Time laser treatment
It takes two weeks for any temporary side effects such as redness or swelling to subside. Sunscreen application, avoiding direct sunlight and use of moisturizers are very important in quick healing and better results.