Rosacea Treatment in Ottawa
IPL Treatments for Rosacea
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy uses multiple wavelengths of light to help treat redness by targeting the dilated blood vessels in the face without the need for invasive procedures.
Unlike other types of lasers, an IPL device sends out multiple wavelengths of pulsating light offering the unique ability to treat a range of skin conditions at the same time including acne, skin texture concerns, discolouration and more.
IPL laser treatment may be able to help clients who experience skin-related concerns due to health conditions such as rosacea, natural aging or environmental factors. This light works by heating the cells within the skin to a point where they safely break down allowing your body to naturally remove and replenish the cells.
Rosacea can be easily dismissed in the early stages when most clients assume that the redness will improve on its own. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case and when left untreated the effects of rosacea can cause persistent and more severe concerns including swollen, red bumps and an enlarged nose.
Rosacea IPL treatments work to help push the blood in the face away from the skin to coagulate and deconstruct spider veins, allowing the body to absorb them resulting in the effect of rosacea being reduced.
$200 per treatment
Appointments typically last 50-60 minutes.
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What to Expect
Rosacea treatment using IPL will be different for each client. Individual treatment will be determined by the type of rosacea you are experiencing and the depth of the blood vessels being treated.
While rosacea treatment is nearly pain-free, you may experience the equivalent of little snaps on your skin throughout the procedure. A numbing cream may be applied prior to your service to help minimize the pain.
Thanks to the non-invasive nature of IPL Photofacial services our clients typically resume regular activities immediately following laser treatment for rosacea. You may experience mild side effects such as swelling and sensitive skin during the first 48 hours post-treatment as well as redness which typically fades within 2 weeks.
We suggest that all clients avoid the sun and use an SPF 30+ sunscreen after an IPL rosacea facial in order to protect the skin.
In general, we recommend 3 to 6 treatments to see the best results.
Please be aware that laser treatment for rosacea can not be done on tanned skin or if you have excessive sun exposure 2 weeks before your appointment.
With state-of-the-art technology as the foundation, our experienced team of medical cosmetic professionals customizes every treatment plan to meet the clients' unique skincare and wellness goals.
Rosacea Treatment FAQs
If you're thinking of undergoing treatment for your rosacea, you probably have a number of questions about how that might work. Read our FAQs below to learn a little more about what rosacea treatment at Pure Medical Cosmetics entails.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a non-contagious skin inflammation which typically affects the facial area including the face, nose, chin and cheeks. The spider veins near the surface of the face dilate; creating a red flush that may be accompanied by small pustules and bumps.
What is rosacea caused by?
At this point in time, there has been no specific cause of rosacea identified. Medical professionals have determined that both hereditary and environmental factors that play a part in triggering the symptoms of rosacea. Some of the other possible contributing factors to this condition are:
- An increase in peptide and enzyme activity on the skin (cathelicidins).
- Elevated hydrogen and methane gas caused by intestinal bacteria.
- A reaction to the feces of Dermodex Mites on the patient's skin.
What are the different types of rosacea?
Facial rosacea is separated into 4 different categories, each with its own particular set of symptoms. The different types of rosacea are:
- Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: The blood vessels which sit just below the surface of the skin dilate and result in broken capillaries. The skin experiences flushing, sensitivity and permanent redness along with an itchy or burning sensation.
- Papulopustular Rosacea: Takes on an appearance similar to acne making it difficult to recognize. This type of rosacea produces persistent redness and red, pus-filled bumps.
- Phymatous Rosacea: This type of rosacea is not common and most clients that are experiencing this type will likely have shown the symptoms related to the other more common types of rosacea prior. The symptoms of Phymatous rosacea include rhinophyma, skin thickening, broken blood vessels as well as bumpy, oily skin.
- Ocular Rosacea: Unlike the other types of rosacea, this one specifically targets the eyes. This type can make clients' eyes feel dry, itchy, and sensitive to light. The inflammation can cause the eyes to become bloodshot and feel as though they are coated in sand particles as well as causing blurry vision or cysts in some.
What are the side effects of IPL rosacea treatment?
Side effects associated with laser treatment for rosacea are typically mild and should dissipate fairly quickly after treatment.
Some of the most common side effects include:
- Sensitive skin
- Tight Skin