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Rosacea


Rosacea, a chronic condition

characterized by facial erythema (redness), is estimated to affect 1 in 20 Americans. Rosacea treatments are primarily light-based (laser) treatments in the IPL (intense-pulsed light) category.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 459,529 Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments performed in the U.S. in 2010, though it is not specified how many of these treatments were obtained for the purpose of reducing rosacea. The treatments may be obtained in a physician environment, such as a dermatologist’s office; or if approved by your physician, in a medical spa environment by a licensed esthetician.

Cost of Rosacea Treatment

"The cost of rosacea treatment

differs based on the type of treatment being administered."

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the cost of rosacea treatment differs based on the type of treatment being administered. In 2010, the ASAPS reports, the average fee for IPL laser treatment was $384. The national average represents the provider’s fee only, and may vary depending on
the location of the provider, his/her expertise, and
many other factors.


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will provide you with a good introduction to rosacea treatment, it cannot replace medical advice. When considering this treatment, please consult a qualified provider. (To assist your search, use our
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How is rosacea treatment performed?

"The number of treatments varies

depending on the degree of a patient’s condition and the skin’s response to treatment"

When using an IPL laser for rosacea treatment, a provider administers a bright blast of light at very high energy levels through a hand-held device. Though many IPL lasers feature cooling devices, IPL treatment may burn or sting the skin. The number of treatments varies depending on the degree of a patient’s condition and the skin’s response to treatment.


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Risks of Rosacea Treatment

"The greatest risk of rosacea treatment is

the possibility of the skin failing to respond to treatment; however, most patients report a favorable response."

IPL for rosacea treatment is generally safe. Most potential side effects are mild and temporary if they occur at all. Often, there is slight redness immediately following treatment, which lasts less than 24 hours for most patients. Mild blistering and bruising is possible in less than one percent of patients. For those with severely sun-damaged skin, facial swelling may occur. In a rare number of patients, increased or decreased pigmentation has been noted. The greatest risk of rosacea treatment is the possibility of the skin failing to respond to treatment; however, most patients report a favorable response.


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Who is not a good candidate for rosacea treatment?


As stated, most patients report a favorable response to rosacea treatment. However, if you are prone to keloids, hyper or hypo pigmentation, are dark-skinned, darkly tanned, or do not react well to burns you may not be a good candidate. Additionally, those who are insulin-dependent diabetics cannot undergo this treatment. You are also not a candidate if you have a blood clot-forming disorder (i.e. excessive bleeding). IPL laser rosacea treatment is not safe for pregnant women.


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