Rosacea


Description
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes redness of the face. Some people mistake some of its characteristics — small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules — for acne, but the disorder has little to do with the pimples and blackheads that commonly afflict teenagers. About 14 million Americans have this skin condition. Although it’s more common in women, men may develop more apparent signs of the disorder. The cause of rosacea remains unknown.

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Common Risk Factors

Although anyone can develop rosacea, there are some common characteristics of people more prone than others to these types of facial veins

  • Heredity – family history of rosacea
  • Fair or light skin
  • Experience frequent flushing
  • 30-60 years of age; especially women going through menopause

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Symptoms

Rosacea’s symptoms are not life-threatening, but can affect appearance and self-esteem. If left untreated, rosacea will get worse over time. However, in most people rosacea is cyclic, which means it may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then signs and symptoms lessen for a while before rosacea flares up again. Once diagnosed, it’s quite treatable. Specific symptoms include:

  • Red areas on the face
  • Small, red bumps or pustules on your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin
  • Red, bulbous nose (rhinophyma)
  • Visible small blood vessels on nose and cheeks
  • Burning or gritty sensation in eyes (ocular rosacea)
  • Tendency to flush or blush easily

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Treatment options

Lasers use a variety of wavelengths allowing many uses including the treatment of Rosacea.

Aesthetic Laser Treatment
Laser light treatment can eliminate Rosacea, It is known as the gentle laser because it is virtually pain free and rarely bruises the skin. It works by using laser light pulses that heat the affected blood vessels, causing the blood to coagulate and the blood vessel walls to collapse. During the healing process, the tissue from the destroyed blood vessels dissolves in the body. The gentle light pulses collapse the blood vessel walls without rupturing or hemorrhaging, leaving virtually no bruising. With pigment changes, laser light therapy dissolves the discolored area, leaving skin smooth and beautiful.

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FAQs

Will my insurance cover this procedure?

Because spider vein removal is primarily considered a cosmetic procedure, most insurance plans do not cover the procedure. However, spider vein surgery often qualifies for flexible spending account payments. We also accept all major credit cards to cover the procedures.

How many treatments will I need?

Every patient is different and requires an individual evaluation to determine the number of treatments and areas that need to be treated.

Will my rosacea come back?

There is no permanent cure for Rosacea, though many patients see a significant improvement after treatment

What are Rosacea triggers?

A trigger is something that precludes a Rosacea outbreak. There are literally thousands of triggers customized to each individual. A survey by the National Rosacea Society of 1,066 patients found that the top three triggers for a Rosacea outbreak are sun exposure, emotional stress and hot weather – bad news if you live in Southwest Florida! Try to avoid triggers as much as possible. Wear wide-brimmed hats when out in the sun and try to keep cool as much as possible. It’s important to identify your own personal triggers and try to avoid them. If spicy foods are a Rosacea trigger, don’t eat them. If dairy products are the culprit, avoid them. Keep track of what you are doing, eating, smelling or touching before a Rosacea outbreak to help you identify your triggers.

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Helpful Links (Need input from physicians) (Tertiary button)

http://www.rosacea.org/index.php

http://www.rosacea.org/patients/materials/triggersgraph.php

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