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How Photofacials Can Treat Your Rosacea

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While rosacea can affect anyone, women over the age of 30 tend to have a higher risk, particularly in some skin types. Genetic factors are believed to play the larger role in causation, but certain environmental and other stressors can cause severe flare ups.

Photofacials use intense light energy transferred from visible light wavelengths (no ultraviolet) to target the oxyhemoglobin in red, flushed skin, with or without visible vessels.

Jennifer A. Baron, MD is a dermatologist and photofacial specialist. When you want complete care for your skin conditions, contact Dr. Baron and her team. 

The problems that rosacea creates

Rosacea often involves a vascular component, with breakage of tiny blood vessels that can be seen through your skin. You may also develop bumps that resemble those caused by acne. 

Rosacea itself comes and goes, but the skin discoloration may remain. Because the visible effects of rosacea occur under the surface of the skin, any solution must work through your skin’s outer layers. Other LASERS have been utilized for reducing the redness caused by rosacea, such as the V-Beam LASER, however, the new generation of intense pulsed light and broadband light have been more effective, less painful, and cause much less swelling or bruising after treatment.

The Next Generation: Broadband Light (BBL™)

Though often referred to as a laser facial or Photofacial, the technology behind the BBL is an incredibly high source of energy delivered in a wider range of light wavelengths. Certain filters can target brown (melanin) or red (oxyhemoglobin) to reduce the appearance of rosacea, sunspots, and sun aging.

Because of the infrared heat delivered by the BBL, the target tissue also includes the collagen matrix in the dermis. As this warming action progresses, collagen protein begins to tighten.

Minimal downtime

Because BBL passes through your surface skin without damage to the surface cells, the skin shows minimal change immediately after treatment. Brown spots will occasionally darken for a week and redness may persist along with slight swelling for a few days then disappear.

Contact Jennifer A. Baron, MD by phone to schedule a photofacial consultation. Draw on Dr. Baron’s expertise to continue looking your best.

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