Around 16 million Americans have rosacea, an inflammatory skin condition that causes red, blotchy patches to appear on the face and body. It looks just like a rash from a distance, but the source of the redness is actually tiny broken capillaries under the surface of the skin.
It can affect anyone at any age, but it is most common in women over 30. And while creams and other topicals can reduce breakouts associated with rosacea, they don’t deal with the root of the redness problem – the broken blood vessels under the skin. Treating the redness from rosacea is exactly what lasers can address.
Types of Laser Treatments for Rosacea
At Capital Laser & Skin Care, we use two types of lasers to treat rosacea: Forever Young BBL™ and VBeam® Perfecta.
Forever Young BBL™ is a non-invasive treatment option that focuses precision-targeted light on broken capillaries under the skin, causing them to close up and shrink. In the weeks following treatment, white blood cells arrive at the site and clear away all the cellular debris, leaving the skin looking less red than before.
VBeam® Perfecta works similarly. Our board-certified dermatologists Drs Elizabeth Tanzi, Geeta Shah, or Tania Peters, directs the laser at the target blood vessels to heat them. Once they reach a certain temperature, they eventually denature and die, provoking the immune system to clean them up and recycle them.