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Treatment of Rosacea

Rosacea is a very treatable condition

If you suffer from flushing or persistent facial redness, or if you’re sick of your red skin being mistaken for sunburn, there is a solution, which doesn’t involve struggling to find the right makeup to cover it up. About Face Brisbane can help your Rosacea with the latest laser technology. Our 30-minute non-invasive treatment can dramatically improve the condition of your skin without harsh side effects and no downtime. You will be amazed at the results.

Key facts about Rosacea

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition that usually occurs in middle-aged women with fair skin. It is characterised by excessive blushing or redness mainly on the nose, cheeks and chin areas of the face. It can develop to become severe with enlarged nasal oil glands and tissue which builds up around the nose.

What are the symptoms of Rosacea?

The most common symptom is persistent redness on the face. Additional signs include broken capillaries, small and blood vessels (which are superficial and dilated), swelling, skin tightness, burning or stingy sensations, hot itchy rashes and the formation of small bumps, blisters, pimples and pustules. An enlarged, red nose may occur in serious cases known as Rhinophyma.

What triggers the symptoms of Rosacea?

The specific triggers which can aggravate this skin condition can vary greatly between patients. It is best to use the list below as a guide to determine your own individual triggers factors, so you know what to avoid to reduce redness or swelling of your face.

The most common triggers are:

  • sunlight
  • sunburn
  • strenuous exercise
  • exposure to cold temperatures
  • anger
  • stress
  • hot baths
  • saunas
  • spicy foods
  • histamines
  • aggressive skin care products

How can About Face Brisbane help my Rosacea?

Our skin clinic is a full-service clinic which means we can provide you with advice and methods on the right skin care regime for your skin condition. At a one-on-one consultation, we will explain how the laser treatment procedure works and determine if it is right for your skin needs.

The treatment involves using a handheld medical grade laser device (Qswitch ND-YAG) which is moved back and forth across the skin on the face. There is a gentle warming sensation. The heat from the laser stimulates collagen regrowth and dilates the capillaries which help to calm the redness and reduce swelling and itching. The Qswitch ND-YAG laser effectively:

  • reduces inflammation
  • removes blood vessels
  • destroys bacteria causing pimples and cysts
  • repairs scarring
  • improves the general health of the skin
  • prevents further complications like skin thickening.

About Face Brisbane recommends Synergie Skin Care products for Rosacea sufferers. Uberzinc is a particularly good product as it is suitable for extremely reactive and sensitive skin.

How much does Rosacea treatment cost?

The cost for one laser treatment is between $200 and $350 including GST (the price varies depending on the size of the area treated). There is a small rebate from Medicare for this treatment.

About Face Brisbane also offers our patients zipPay where you sign up for an account at home before treatment or at the clinic after your treatment. You can then apply for up to $1000 credit with no interest on payments making laser Rosacea treatment more affordable for everyone.

zipMoney is another type of payment plan system, however we are not currently registered for this system.

With the expertise of Dr Campey and an effective treatment taking less than 30 minutes and no downtime, you should contact our staff at About Face Brisbane clinic by calling 3482 2999 or emailing info@aboutfacebrisbane.com.au to discuss how this laser skin treatment can improve your well-being and confidence today.

Other facts about Rosacea

How is Rosacea diagnosed?

Dr Campey, About Face Brisbane’s head doctor, will be able to provide advice on whether or not you have Rosacea if you are unsure. Generally, if you notice you are constantly flushed with persistent redness in the cheek, nose and chin area then you should have your skin looked at by Dr Campey.

Are there different types of Rosacea?

There are 4 main types of Rosacea.

  1. Erythematotelangietatic Rosacea – Redness (that is persistent) of the skin on the cheek, nose and chin area with blood vessels that are visible.
  2. Papulopustular Rosacea – Redness of the skin on the cheek, nose and chin area with tiny bumps that look like acne.
  3. Phymatous Rosacea – Persistent redness on the cheek, nose and chin area with thickened skin that has resulted in an enlarged nose.
  4. Ocular Rosacea – Persistent redness of the skin (cheek, nose and chin) with eye irritations (i.e. dry eye, burning and tearing).

Can Rosacea be cured?

Unfortunately, there is no “cure” for Rosacea however laser treatment will help reduce the severity of symptoms. Our Qswitch ND-YAG laser is an effective method to calm the skin and with continued laser treatment, you will see noticeable and lasting results.

How many laser treatments will I need?

Rosacea affects each person differently and the symptoms can differ from patient to patient. This is why our head doctor, Dr Colin Campey, will assess your skin to figure out how many treatments you will need to suit your skin type and condition and provide the best results for your skin. Follow up laser treatments may be required depending on the severity of your condition.

What are alternative treatments for Rosacea? Do they work?

A  common cause of skin redness is direct sunlight so using a zinc-based sunscreen and staying out of the sun along with an anti-inflammatory skin care routine is the primary treatment. Generally, topical or oral antibiotics are prescribed such as metronidazole, tetracycline or doxycycline. Other prescription drugs such an oral contraceptive (‘the pill’) can help manage those who suffer from a hormone imbalance which can cause Rosacea.

Other factors such as reducing stress and watching what you eat can also be beneficial in reducing the severity of the condition. Rosacea can be triggered by various environmental and internal factors so one treatment, in particular, may not be as effective for an individual as another.  Dr Campey at About Face Brisbane is a professional and can determine the best treatment plan for your individual skin needs.

With regular laser treatment, we can ensure that your symptoms are maintained and prevent more serious Rosacea-like Rhinophyma from developing.

Who manufactured the laser About Face uses? Is it high quality?

About Face Brisbane’s Qswitch ND-YAG laser is an extremely high-quality medical grade laser.