Redness & Rosacea

Redness, Rosacea & Vascular Concerns in Victoria B.C.

Redness on the skin shows up in various forms and for multiple reasons. It is the result of increased blood flow, increased blood supply or dilated blood vessels. Sometimes redness increases when the body sends extra blood to fight an infection, help an area heal or when the small capillaries dilate or burst. Redness can be caused by a host of conditions including acne, eczema, rosacea and sun damage. Redness and rosacea can be uncomfortable and distracting from a clear, healthy and youthful complexion. Lasers are very helpful as a redness and rosacea treatment.

Connect with us to remove undesirable redness, rosacea or vascular distractions from your face and body so you can look and feel more like the original you.

There are 4 stages of Rosacea

Stage 1

Pre-rosacea which consists of regular episodes of flushing or blushing.

Stage 2

Mild rosacea has noticeable telangiectasias or multiple small blood vessels or dilated capillaries showing on the skin, usually on the cheeks and nose.

Stage 3

Moderate rosacea is signified by small red bumps or pustules that resemble acne. These bumps can be irritating, itchy, or burn.

Stage 4

Thickening of the skin, often on the nose, changes the texture of the skin and can make the nose look bulbous.

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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that is characterized by red skin and, or a rash, usually on the nose and cheeks, and sometimes on the forehead and chin. Although not as common it can even present on your neck and chest. We are uncertain as to why some people develop rosacea but we know it can be triggered by UV light, spicy foods, alcohol and other lifestyle factors. There is no cure for rosacea therefore redness and rosacea treatment often includes layering lifestyle modifications with topical skin care products that calm inflammation, as well as laser therapy. Laser therapy as a redness and rosacea treatment works well to reduce much of the redness from the skin, remove the dilated capillaries and return calm and balance to the complexion.

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Before and After Redness and Rosacea Treatment

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Why Use 1064 Nd: Yag for Redness and Rosacea Treatment?

Haemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that gives blood its red colour. Haemoglobin is a chromophore for the 1064nm laser, which means it absorbs light energy from the 1064nm wavelength. When the laser makes contact with the haemoglobin it converts light energy into heat energy. The heat cauterizes the blood vessels and causes them to collapse. The 1064 Nd:Yag laser effectively treats vascular conditions, such as:

  • Broken and dilated capillaries,
  • Cherry angiomas
  • Diffuse redness
  • Red and blue spider veins,
  • Stork bites
  • The Nd: Yag laser reduces the redness and doesn’t affect other surrounding tissues and structures.

Why Choose Vitality Laser Clinic for Redness and Rosacea Treatment?

We use the most advanced and comfortable cooling system to ensure you are comfortable throughout the process. Laser treatment can be significantly more comfortable than Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) because it only targets the blood vessel or red area with one wavelength and doesn’t sensitize the surrounding tissue with multiple wavelengths. Our laser redness and rosacea treatment works on all skin types, and has minimal downtime.

Rosacea Frequently Asked Questions

What are Cherry Angiomas?

Cherry Angiomas are little red pinpoints or larger dots of red on your skin. They are a benign overgrowth of blood vessels that can be flat or slightly raised. Anyone, regardless of race, age or sex, can develop cherry angiomas, but they do become more prevalent with age. They are not associated with any serious medical condition but can be bothersome aesthetically and can bleed if scratched. They are easy to remove with laser and are one of our favourite conditions to treat as they tend to respond very quickly.

What are dilated or burst capillaries?

Capillaries are tiny, dilated blood vessels that often lay very close to the skin’s surface, which when dilated appear as very thin, bright, or dark red fine lines. While they can be found in many places on the body, dilated capillaries are more common on the face especially around the nose, cheeks and chin. Vasodilation occurs when excessive blood stimulates the capillary for an extended period, and the capillary wall becomes weakened and no longer contracts back to its original width. Dilated or burst capillaries are more noticeable and prevalent on lighter skin, generally Fitzpatrick 1, 2 and 3 skin types, and people with thinner skin.

What causes dilated or burst capillaries?

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Friction/Rubbing
  • Heredity and genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Injury and bruising
  • Prolonged cold and wind exposure
  • Rosacea
  • Sneezing or vomiting
  • Sun exposure

What causes spider veins and varicose veins?

Spider veins and varicose veins have one-way valves inside the vessels that push the blood back up to the heart. When those valves weaken, some blood flows backwards and accumulates within the vein, causing it to expand and become more prominent.
There is no cure, but spider vein treatment with laser therapy can reduce their unsightly appearance. We cannot guarantee exact or permanent results and they may reform. Varicose veins are typically treated with sclerotherapy by a doctor.

Do you treat all vascular conditions?

We regularly treat spider veins and telangiectasias with great success. However, varicose veins are a medical condition that requires medical care. Consequently, it’s our policy to refer you to your doctor to discuss medical treatment for varicose veins. Come for a no charge consultation to learn if you are a candidate for vascular laser treatment.

What can I expect to feel during my redness treatment?

Depending on the condition being treated, you might feel a warm glow, or spicy zaps that fade quickly, or a burst of cool.

Is there downtime associated with vascular and rosacea treatments?

It’s not uncommon to get some bruising with vascular laser treatment. Occasionally the bruising can leave some stain behind. This usually fades over time and can also be treated with laser. We apply ice during and after treatment to minimize bruising and encourage the collapse of the blood vessels. We apply healing and protective serums as well as SPF, and give you aftercare instructions to decrease any potential downtime.