What is flushing to face?
Facial flushing is caused by a condition called Rosacea which can also cause redness, spots and blisters on the nose and cheeks. Rosacea can make sufferers feel self-conscious and cause them to experience warm, tingly or burning sensations on the affected area(s).
How can it be treated?
Sufferers have traditionally been prescribed oral and topical antibiotics to reduce the effects of rosacea. However, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) has also been clinically proven to significantly reduce the effects.
Dr Patrick Bitter pioneered the use of IPL to treat rosacea in the USA and it is now widely regarded as one of the best treatments for rosacea suffers. It works by using light energy to target capillaries in the skin. The light is absorbed by the skin where it breaks down capillaries, allowing them to be absorbed by the body using the body’s natural processes. Once absorbed back into the skin, the redness will appear less pronounced and over several treatments can disappear altogether.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required depends on the severity of the rosacea. However, because of the high specification of our Vasculight IPL laser, fewer treatments will be required with us than in a clinic performing a similar procedure with an inferior laser.
Will it hurt?
The treatment doesn’t hurt although some patients notice a sensation similar to the snap of an elastic band or a sting. The treatment won’t disrupt your daily routine and, as no local anaesthesia is required, you should be able to go back to your normal daily activities straight away. Some patients experience some temporary redness following the treatment. This can be covered with make up or cooled using a cold compress and/or cooling gels.
When will I see the results?
Depending on the severity of your rosacea, you should notice an improvement a few days after your initial treatment. Patients need an average of three treatments spaced roughly four weeks apart for optimum results.