Do you really need a skin exam? Yes. How often? That depends on a few different things. Here’s what you need to know.
If you have rosacea, you’ve likely tried mild soaps for cleaning your face, using only lukewarm water, and various creams to reduce the redness. Now you may want to consider the option of Laser Genesis™ treatments. With a specialized laser, Dr. Adams can target the blood vessels that cause your face to be red.
Although redness is not the only symptom of rosacea, it’s one that bothers many people who have the condition. It may begin as a flush or blush that seems to last longer than it should, or there may be visible blood vessels on your face. Either way, you may be uncomfortable or self-conscious about it.
There are many varieties of rosacea, and each of the subtypes has specific symptoms, but all of them include redness -- and all of them can be successfully treated with laser therapy.
No one is sure what causes rosacea, but there are references to it in medical literature as far back as the 15th century.
One of the main causes of redness in rosacea is blood vessels that don’t work quite the way they should. The intense energy of the laser basically seals off the problematic blood vessels, which in turn lessens the red appearance of your skin.
Another function of laser treatments in patients with rosacea is to stimulate your body’s natural healing processes. The slight damage that the laser does to the layers of your skin triggers it to begin producing new skin cells, collagen, and elastin. The result is healthier, younger-looking skin.
Left untreated, rosacea can cause the skin to thicken and develop pustules and papules. In the past rosacea was considered a debilitating condition. Now, there are several treatment options, with Laser Genesis being one of the most recommended.
Dr. Adams recommends a treatment plan based on your unique situation. She’ll evaluate your condition, discuss your medical history and any treatments you’ve already tried, and devise an individual plan to slow, or even eliminate, your rosacea symptoms.
If you come in for a treatment, Dr. Adams uses a specialized, handheld tool to focus the laser precisely. You may feel some heat or even a mild stinging sensation as she treats the blood vessels that cause your redness, but it should dissipate fairly quickly. It’s a noninvasive procedure, so no anesthetic is required, and it’s safe for all skin types.
A Laser Genesis treatment is an outpatient procedure done right in our office. A treatment usually only takes about half an hour, and because you won’t require anesthesia, you can return to your day right away.
Most patients need several treatments in order to get optimal results. The exact number of treatments depends on several things, including the severity of your rosacea-related redness.
If you live around Columbia, Maryland, and want to learn about diminishing your rosacea symptoms with Laser Genesis treatments, book an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Adams. She’ll be happy to answer your questions and discuss your specific situation with you.
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