Rosacea is a particularly frustrating skin condition because there are countless “treatments” for it that actually further inflame symptoms. Rather than treating rosacea topically, we can take advantage of new technology that allows for treatment at the source. By bypassing the skin’s surface, rosacea flare ups are kept to a minimum while therapeutic light pulses treat dilated blood vessels and sources of redness.
Understanding the Causes of Rosacea
Before diving into the benefits of using intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy to treat rosacea, it is important to understand how rosacea is caused. Although the causes of rosacea are not completely understood and are quite complex, we do understand that the redness it produces is due to increased blood flow in the face. In addition to a flushed appearance, rosacea can create small, pus-filled bumps in affected areas. Since no two cases of rosacea are ever the same, it is important to learn more about common triggers for rosacea to try to avoid flare ups.
Treating Rosacea with BBL™
Sometimes, avoiding triggers for rosacea symptoms is simply not possible. Especially for men and women who live in areas where they are regularly exposed to extreme temperatures, rosacea flare ups can be unavoidable. Patients who are ready to treat rosacea at its source, rather than cover up symptoms or avoid certain triggers, should consider BBL™. BBL™ prevents redness caused by rosacea from forming in the first place, meaning you can enjoy a new lease on life without worrying about rosacea flare ups.
How BBL™ Works to Treat Rosacea
Anyone with rosacea knows that aggressive exfoliation, skin resurfacing treatments and certain skincare products can exacerbate symptoms. Since BBL™ bypasses the top layer of skin to direct energy to deeper levels where rosacea is formed, it is an ideal treatment because it makes possible the deeply restorative benefits of new cell growth beneath the skin’s surface without triggering a flare up. In addition to stimulating new cell growth, BBL™ uses an advanced form of light energy to shrink the blood vessels that cause rosacea which leads to a calmer appearance.
What to Expect from BBL™ Treatments for Rosacea
BBL™ treatments for rosacea are quick and virtually painless. Most patients describe the sensation as a tiny rubber band being snapped against their skin, but it is often the surprise of the pulses that is the most uncomfortable aspect of BBL™ treatments. If you do feel any discomfort, we can apply a topical numbing cream. A BBL™ treatment for rosacea typically takes around 15 minutes and makeup can be applied immediately after treatment as long as there is no blistering. Many of our patients return to work or normal activities after receiving their treatment.
Recovery from BBL™ Treatments for Rosacea
The healing process after a BBL™ treatment for rosacea will vary by individual, but most of our patients seem to experience redness or tenderness for two to five days after treatment. Expect any age spots or freckles to darken until they finally develop a crust and flake away after several days. After a week or so, you should be able to enjoy your revived complexion that looks calmer than ever before. It is important to follow the aftercare instructions given to you to ensure optimal results and schedule periodic BBL™ treatments to maintain your results. Most of our patients need a series of BBL™ treatments to reach their goal results.
For more information on how to treat rosacea at its source with BBL™ treatments, schedule an appointment today by calling 575.639.9305.