Facial flushing (Rosacea), red veins and red spots are common skin problems. Causes range from too much sun, stress, life style factors and hormonal changes or it might just be down to your genes. We have a fast and simple solution for facial redness. Rosacea treatment with medical grade Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is accepted to be one of the most successful treatments for unwanted facial veins and Rosacea by Dermatologists throughout NHS.
Unfortunately, for many sufferers, the biggest problem is not physical, but psychological, this condition has a dramatic impact on their self-confidence and self-esteem causing avoiding public contact and social engagements.
Benefits of the treatment:
● Long-term clearance
● Reduction of facial flushing
● Non-invasive quick treatment
● NO injections or surgery involved
● Difference may be seen instantly
● Improvement of the skin skin texture
● Closure of large pores
● Anti-ageing effect guaranteed
● Affordable monthly treatments
● Minimal discomfort during the treatment
● Boosts confidence & self esteem
What causes Rosacea?
The cause of Rosacea is unknown. Most experts believe that it is a condition where blood vessels become damaged when repeatedly enlarged by stimuli. The damage can cause the vessels to dilate and stay dilated for long time or permanently resulting in flushing and redness. We also believe that heredity plays a vital role in getting the condition in the first place. Rosacea is chronic condition which is more common in fair-skinned people and runs in families. Unfortunately, this skin condition rarely reverses itself. If it appeared on your face one day, it usually progresses from reappearing redness to permanent enlarged blood vessels and small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples.
What triggers Rosacea?
All people blush, either with embarrassment or after spicy food and alcohol. But for some people such facial flushing has turned into a life-long nuisance and suffering. Triggers of Rosacea may include; emotional factors (stress, fear, anxiety, embarrassment, etc.), sun exposure, temperature extremes, strenuous exercise, cold and heat. People who's face easily blush know that it can be easily triggered when they enter a warm shop or office on a cold winter day. A flare-up can be caused by changes in the weather like strong or cold winds or a change in the humidity.
How do I know it's Rosace?
Rosacea typically causes inflammation of the skin on the nose or mid face. The primary signs of Rosacea are: flushing, persistent facial redness, rough skin and visible blood vessels. Other symptoms are: eye irritation, burning or stinging, dry skin and spots. People who suffer from Rosacea usually struggle to find suitable (not irritating) skin care products.
What Treatments are available:
Your GP will normally prescribe antibiotics which might be 'useful' if you develop acne like spots. But it is more likely that you will see very little if any at all difference with taking tablets if your skin clean and only covered with broken vessels. Antibiotics will damage 'good' bacteria in your stomach and intestine causing more indigestion problems there rather than helping your skin to clear. Topical creams seem to bring very short term relief.
For the past 15 years, we've been successfully treating people suffering from Rosacea with medical grade Lynton IPL technology. IPL vessels removal has been excepted as the best long term solution which allows significantly reduce redness and generally improve quality of the skin.
How does Rosace treatment work?
The wavelength of the light is specially selected so that when it is directed into the skin, it is predominately absorbed by blood vessels within the epidermis and dermis. These blood vessels will absorb the light, which causes them to heat up and undergo a process called thermo-coagulation. This destroys the entire vessel while causing minimal damage to the surrounding skin.
How is treatment carried out?
It is necessary to apply a thin layer of gel to the skin prior to treatment. This helps to cool the skin, as well as ensuring maximum transmission of light from the applicator to the skin. The light is pulsed through the quartz of IPL handpiece or the Laser applicator and onto the skin. If the results are satisfactory, the applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated. During treatment you must wear protective eye goggles.
Am i suitable for the treatment?
Almost everyone can have this treatment. The upper skin layer contains melanin, a very good absorber of light, which is why it is the skin’s natural defence against harmful sun rays. In darker skinned people, the concentration of the melanin in the skin is greater. It increases when the skin is exposed to UV light. The light emitted by the system will be absorbed to a certain extent by the melanin as well as vascular regions and will heat the skin. It is therefore not possible to treat dark-skinned and tanned individuals because the more melanin in the skin, the more heat will be produced. This can cause some skin damage. The lesions that will respond best are thought to be those consisting of blood vessels of a small diameter that lie close to the surface of the skin, such as those seen in Rosacea or thread veins.
How does the treatment feel?
As the light energy is absorbed by the skin, it heats it up, and creates a sharp pinprick burning sensation. Most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable. No anesthetic is required, other than cooling the skin.
What will I see after the treatment?
Following treatment, the damaged vessels are absorbed by the body and little or no trace of the initial lesion remains. Treatment is mildly uncomfortable. You may experience some redness and light burning sensation straight after the treatment. These typically persist for only short period of time post treatment. A cooling pack will be applied to the skin to ease these symptoms. You may see a temporary “grayness” in the vessels, which will pass, and you might notice that some vessels have disappeared immediately.
Are there any side effects?
The visible light is completely safe so no special precautions are needed apart from glasses for the brightness. There might be some “tight” sensation and moderate swelling. The skin of some patients become quite red immediately after treatment. In rare cases some blistering may occur. However, most patients experience no side effects and the redness usually disappears within hours to a few days. Very rarely, if skin exposed to sun, hyper/hypopigmentation may occur.
How many treatments are necessary?
The length and number of treatments will depend on the type and size of affected area, but typically 3-5 treatments are usually enough to leave you with a smooth, clear bright complexion. Treatments should take place every 4-6 weeks.
How do I prepare for treatment?
Patients should avoid tanning or sun-bathing/bedding for at least 4 weeks prior and post treatment. Use of fake tan is not recommended for 1 week ahead of and during the entire treatment period to avoid excessive discomfort from light absorption in the epidermis. Immediately after the treatment, the skin is particularly sensitive to UV light, and strong sunlight should be avoided for 2-3 weeks. We strongly advise using 50+ SPF protection. You can buy Sun Protect SPF 50+ at the clinic.
How long does each treatment take?
The length of each treatment will depend on the type and size of the treated area. Typically, a treatment session for small red or blue vessels will take 5 - 10 min and a treatment for Rosacea (full face) will take in the region of 20-30 minutes.
Do I need a consultation?
Yes. Everything starts with Face to Face consultation. You will have a patch test if by the end of the initial consultation you will decide to go ahead with the treatment. The medical practitioner will take your medical history to confirm suitability for treatment. There is also an opportunity for any questions a you may have to be answered.
You will not be hustled or pushed into buying anything at your first consultation. It will provide the necessary information and build understanding of the treatment and the technology we use to assist you in making your own decision.
You can choose to go ahead with the treatments or have a cooling off period following the consultation.
We do not treat children under the age of sixteen. Older children can have these treatment at the Laserina Clinic only with a referral from their GP.
The chemicals associated with swimming, mainly chlorine, could increase your risk of a rosacea flare. Chlorine is an irritant and can cause redness, itching and stinging even in people who do not suffer from chronic skin conditions.
Unfortunately you don’t have to many choices but that’s what you can do:
● Ask your pool's manager when the facility is shocked with chlorine each day. Wait for the chemicals to settle for a few hours before swimming. If you feel the heat of flushing beginning while you are swimming, slow down to a more relaxed pace.
● Keep a spray bottle of fresh, cool water on hand to rinse your face frequently.
● You can use a waterproof sunscreen (50+ or 80+ ) and protect your face from the exposure to the chemical. We have samples in the clinic and give it to our clients following treatments.
● Get a good cooling gel/cream to use after swimming. We usually advise on Aloe Vera Gel or Neo Strata products.
You will not be hustled or pushed into buying anything at your first consultation. It is designed and designated to provide necessary knowledge and understanding of the treatment and the technology used to assist you in making your own decision. Children from 16 years of age can have these treatment at Laserina Clinic if it is recommended by their GP.
small area from £70
mid face from £180
full face £280