By Emma Clarke What Is Rosacea and...
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Introduction to redness in the skin
There are many different reasons why the skin displays redness. It can be a medical condition such as rosacea, or it can be diet, exercise, nervousness, burst blood vessels, overheating, or even sensitivity.
There are products and makeup which attempts to cover up the flushed look, but they do not really tackle the issue. In order to treat the redness, one of the best options is the VBeam laser, available at PHI.
What is VBeam?
The VBeam uses an intense beam of light, delivered in long pulses. It gently eliminates damaged or diseased cells. The laser can treat many vascular issues, such as rosacea, thread veins, pigmentation, premature stretch marks and burn scars. The light is absorbed safely and effectively by the pigment in the lesion that is being treated; the pigment is heated up and destroyed.
Patients will feel a warm sensation as the laser is passed over the skin, but there is no need for anaesthetic. The treatment is very quick and the machine simultaneously releases cool air during the procedure.
The improvement can be very dramatic with some patients, and others with notice the change much more subtly. The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the individual, and it could be that some patients will need more sessions than others. It is also important to avoid the sun before and after treatment, as the skin may still be sensitive and more susceptible to burn.
How many sessions will I need, and how far apart can I have them?
The typical treatment plan for VBeam patients is 4-6 session, 4 weeks apart.
Am I a suitable candidate?
An ideal candidate would be someone who suffers with redness or rosacea.
Who will perform the treatment?
Our team of highly trained Nurses & Aesthetic Therpaists, Spirithoula Koukoufikis and Jodie Retallick, perform this treatment.
What areas can be treated?
The device can be used in most areas of the body, but the most common areas are the face, neck and arms.
Is there any downtime?
There is no real downtime associated with this treatment. Patients may experience some slight erythema on the day of treatment, but this will improve after 24 hours.
The skin condition is not something that just affects the exterior; it also has a great impact on self-esteem, as it occurs in a very visible place. According to The National Rosacea Society, 76% of Rosacea sufferers said Rosacea had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41 percent reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements.