Dr. Michele Green has been treating patients with the V-Beam laser since it first became available. She realized early on that one of the most troubling problems for both men and women is adult acne and facial telangiectasias. She has treated thousands of patients over the years with the V-Beam laser and has had remarkable success.
Please contact us online or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about how the V-beam laser at our practice can successfully treat facial rosacea and rejuvenate your skin. A series of four to six treatments spaced at 3 to 4 week intervals will remove telangiectasias and embarrassing facial redness leaving your with a more beautiful complexion.
Rosacea is a very common disorder characterized by symptoms of facial flushing and a collection of other clinical signs such as facial redness, broken capillaries, coarseness of the skin, and an inflammatory eruption that may be similar to acne.
Rosacea and Redness in the Face
The hallmark of rosacea is persistent redness in the central portion of the face that lasts for at least three months. This redness may be associated with flushing, broken capillaries (medically called telangiectasias), and an acne-like skin eruption. However, unlike acne, the skin eruption in rosacea does not have any blackheads.
Patients often find that the first symptom of rosacea is a tendency to flush or blush easily. The condition generally starts in the center of the face and then extends to involve the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. Then over a long period of time, potentially years, the condition progresses to a persistent redness with visible blood vessels and possibly also pimples and bumps. With time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent. In the more severe cases the nose may grow swollen and bumpy, a condition known medically as rhinophyma. (It is believed that W.C. Fields had rosacea which caused a rhinophyma on his nose.)
Rosacea is very common. It is estimated that over 14 million Americans have rosacea. It is most common in individuals with light complexions, blonde hair, and blue eyes. It can affect people of any age, including children, but is most common between the ages of 30 and 50 years old.
Because rosacea is a complex condition, it has been divided into subtypes, which are determined based on the appearance of the skin. This subdivision helps classify rosacea. However, patients may have the findings of more than one subtype at the same time.
Subtype 1 – Facial Redness
Subtype 1 (medically called erythematotelangiectatic rosacea) is characterized by persistent facial redness and flushing. Broken capillaries, called telangiectasia, may be present, and the skin may feel irritated and uncomfortable.
Subtype 2 – Bumps and Pimples
Subtype 2 (medically called papulopustular rosacea) is characterized by facial redness and acne-like bumps and pimples.
Subtype 3 – Skin Thickening
Subtype 3 (medically called phymatous rosacea) is characterized by skin thickening and enlargement, especially around the nose. When the nose is involved in this manner, it is referred to as a rhinophyma. It is believed that W.C. Fields had this type of rosacea involving his nose.
Subtype 4 – Eye Irritation
Subtype 4 (medically called ocular rosacea) is characterized by the presence of eye symptoms, including watery eyes, red eyes, foreign body sensation, eye burning, dry eyes, and blurred vision. Ocular rosacea should be treated by an ophthalmologist.
Although the cause of rosacea is not known, several factors are known to play a role in its development. The condition is more common in women than in men. In addition, genetics is also clearly a factor, and the condition may be inherited. Evidence suggests that sun exposure is also a contributing factor in the development of rosacea.
There are also certain “triggering factors” that may exacerbate a patient’s rosacea. When present, these need to be identified and avoided as much as possible. Common triggering factors are hot and cold temperatures, wind, hot drinks, caffeine, exercise, spicy foods, alcohol, certain emotions, and medications that cause flushing.
Rosacea symptoms may vary widely from patient to patient. For example, some patients may have only redness and flushing, while others may have bumps, pimples, thickened skin, or eye involvement. For this reason, our treatment plans are always customized based upon each individual patient’s unique needs.
The goals of rosacea treatment are the following:
- Bring inflammation and irritation from rosacea under control
- Treat the flushing, redness, and broken capillaries to improve the skin appearance
- Leave our patients with healthy and glowing skin
Depending on each patient’s unique needs, these three goals are accomplished by using a combination of medications, lights, and lasers.
These treatments work best when used in combination. The good news is that by combining several skin care modalities, we are able to control nearly every case of rosacea.
V-beam Pulsed Dye Laser
Blood vessel lasers are one of the mainstays of rosacea treatment. We use the V-beam pulsed dye laser. When this type of laser is fired, the light from the laser is selectively absorbed by red blood in the face. Following the laser pulse, the laser energy is transmitted to the blood vessel wall, which leads to a narrowing of the blood vessel wall and a shrinking of the size of the blood vessel. This in turn leads to a reduction in facial redness.
Dr. Michele Green will treat your acne/rosacea with the V-Beam in an effective and painless way with no downtime. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about why Dr. Green is a trusted source for effective rosacea treatment in New York City.