Rosacea is a chronic condition that most commonly presents in men and women within the middle aged bracket, with a tendency to have higher prevalence in women. Rosacea is a progressive condition, identified through a grading process that allows Clinicians to monitor the symptoms. Rosacea is characterized initially by visible capillary dilation (telangiectasia) and recurrent episodes of persistent flushing and redness which is accompanied by an increased sensation of warmth and swelling (oedema) due to the acute inflammation that underlies the condition. Progression of the condition can result in the appearance of both papules and pustules, with clients experiencing Rhinophyma (coarse and thickened skin on the nose) and ocular (eye) involvement in the higher grades of Rosacea.
Due to the chronic nature of rosacea the treatment intervention is to aid in reducing the rate of progression, relieve symptoms, offering longer term resolution rather than a cure. Due to the multifactorial nature of rosacea a treatment approach including cosmeceutical products, light and laser based modalities that are targeted at treating haemoglobin, inflammation and thickened skin along with chemical peels are required to provide a thorough intervention. Each case will be assessed on the merits of symptoms presenting, however, it is vital for clients commencing treatments that they understand that due to the chronic nature of this condition. Treatments intervention at some level will be necessary to establish ongoing benefits.
Treatment may involve both or either laser and light technologies to target the blood vessels, inflammatory processes and skin thickening. Several technologies may be necessary to provide optimum results. One of the senior Dermal Clinicians at Melbourne Laser & Aesthetic Centre will assess and recommend a treatment plan incorporating the appropriate laser or light modalities.
Immediately post treatment the skin may exhibit temporary increased redness with some clients experiencing an immediate improvement in their inflammation and redness. A course of treatments is required to relieve symptoms and provide longer term resolution to the condition. A shorter series of yearly maintenance and flare up treatments are recommended for management.
The Melbourne Laser & Aesthetic Dermal Clinicians work collaboratively with client’s Dermatologists and /or General Practitioner to ensure continued care.