Many of our patients have battled rosacea with creams, gels, and heavy makeup, but found little or no relief.
Does rosacea make you hold back in work or social situations? Worse yet, does it lead others to make assumptions about you? Rosacea patients are often embarrassed when friends joke that their red facial skin must be caused by excessive drinking. We know how frustrating and upsetting having rosacea can be. That’s why the Reflections team is thrilled to offer the most effective treatments available for fast results.
“Dr. Chasin has been my go-to doctor for my Rosecea for many years. I have the IPL done with Dr. Chasin and I have seen a great improvement. He is personable and attentive. I never feel rushed. I highly recommend Dr. Chasin.”
– mlr1205 on RealSelf.com
- 1 Reducing Rosacea Redness, Broken Capillaries, and Bumps
- 2 Best Treatments for Rosacea
- 3 BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
- 4 Making Results Last
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Rosacea
- 6 Be Transformed — Inside and Out
Reducing Rosacea Redness, Broken Capillaries, and Bumps
The papules and pustules symptomatic of rosacea may respond quickly to prescription medications, but the redness and flushing are less likely to improve without other types of therapies.
Tradtionally, physicians use prescription medications to manage the symptoms of rosacea, with the goal being to minimize the symptoms and prevent as much progression of the disease as possible. Physicians often prescribe topical medicines such as financea (azelaic acid), metronidazole as first-line defenses for the bumps and pimples associated with rosacea. If those don’t work, or rosacea is resistant to normal treatments, a new medicine class was recently introduced which includes the topical agent Soolantra. Some doctors will prescribe a topical antibiotic, such as metronidazole, which is applied directly to the affected skin. For people with more severe cases, doctors often prescribe an oral (taken by mouth) antibiotic. Tetracycline, minocycline, erythromycin, and doxycycline are the most common antibiotics used to treat rosacea.
To learn more about diagnosing rosacea, its symptoms and triggers, pleae visit our Rosacea Page.
Best Treatments for Rosacea
Rosacea typically requires a mutli-faceted approach for best results. Often these treatments are combined with prescription medications for fast results that last.
Vbeam Perfecta is a pulsed-dye laser, delivers an intense but gentle burst of light to undesirable blood vessels on the surface of the skin, resulting in reduced redness and a more even complexion. Introduced in the 1980s, Vbeam Perfecta is one of the safest and most widely used lasers in aesthetic medicine today, and substantially reduces the redness and flushing of rosacea3,4.
MicroBotox represents a unique and cutting-edge application of Botox to reduce redness associated with rosacea. This treatment uses very fine and superficial microneedling to deliver Botox to the top layers of the skin, where it works to reduce the redness and flushing symptoms of rosacea. This procedure has virtually no downtime, doesn’t require numbing (and is very comfortable), and creates results that last from 3 to 6 months.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a noninvasive treatment that uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of rosacea. Our patients are thrilled with the results of this very safe treatment, and because the top layer of skin remains intact, no downtime is required. StarLux IPL is often used in combination with Vbeam Perfecta3.
The GentleYAG system creates a gentle beam of light that penetrates deeply into the skin, targeting unwanted blood vessels. This Nd:Yag (Yag) laser beam is preceded by a short burst of cooling cryogen spray, which protects the outer skin and makes the treatment comfortable. The GentleYAG is especially helpful for deep blood vessels on the nose and can be used in combination with the Vbeam laser or other treatments to dramatically improve the symptoms of rosacea1,2.
During a session of PDT, a topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan is applied to the skin and then activated with specialized lasers and light sources. This treatment is noninvasive and produces impressive results1.
Skin Classic High Frequency Radiofrequency
Skin Classic is a unique application of radiofrequency energy that can be used to very precisely treat spider veins. This energy closes up the fine red telangiectasia without damaging the surrounding tissues.
CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing provides the most significant results for the most severe types of rosacea, including rhinophyma. This laser treatment completely resurfaces the skin, creating very noticeable improvement in a single treatment.
An excellent and consistent skincare routine is very important for rosacea patients, especially after laser treatments. Essentials M.D. is a comprehensive line of prescription-only skincare products put together exclusively by the team of cosmetic physicians at Reflections. Our best-in-class skin care program is designed to treat specific conditions and help our patients look their very best, every day.
Prescription Medications Used for Treating Rosacea
The keys to treating facial flushing are to reduce the dilated blood vessels with laser technology and inhibit the body’s tendency to flush with medicines such as Mirvaso and Rhofade. This combination approach yields the best and most long-lasting results, in our experience.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
Making Results Last
Rosacea is a chronic condition and requires ongoing management following treatment. Many patients find it helpful to avoid certain “triggers” such as sun exposure, certain foods, or alcohol, and to follow an effective skin care regimen including sunblock, gentle cleansing, and moisturizing.
Want to learn more about Rosacea triggers and symptoms? Click here to visit our Rosacea Condition Page.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rosacea
How Much Does Rosacea Treatment Cost?
Pricing for rosacea treatment varies by the technology used, and overall cost of treatment will vary by the severity of your symptoms and the number of treatments you require. However, the range of cost per treatment session for the targeted treatments above typically ranges from $250 -450, depending on the technologies used and the size of the area treated, with one exception – CO2 Laser skin resurfacing, generally used only in the most severe cases, is much more expensive, at $2500 or more per treatment. The tradeoff is that this laser provides a very substantial improvement for the most severe cases of rosacea, in a single treatment. Your complimentary rosacea consultation will include an exact price quote and detailed treatment plan.
How Much Downtime Do These Treatments Have?
When it comes to downtime for rosacea treatment, we have to clarify what that means. In terms of taking time off from work or social events, almost all of these treatments have no downtime whatsoever, except the CO2 Laser treatments, which are really reserved for the most severe cases. MicroBotox, Skin Classic, IPL, GentleYag, and Vbeam Perfecta, the most commonly used rosacea treatments, can leave some redness for a few hours and while your skin is red and sensitive, we ask that you not reapply makeup or skincare products. However, that redness is almost always gone after an hour or two. PDT can vary in intensity based on the needs of the individual patient, but usually redness does not persist after 24 hours for our rosacea treatments. You can find much more detailed information about the downtime of each of these treatments by clicking on their titles above, and visiting their information pages on our website.
Be Transformed — Inside and Out
With Reflections approach to rosacea treatment and management, you will look like yourself again. Best of all, you’ll have a new confidence when you’re out and about, knowing everyone can see the real you.