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Laser Treatment for Rosacea in Toronto

Rosacea Treatment Before & After Pictures

Starts at $499/treatment
Procedure Time
30 minutes
Recovery Time
1-3 days

How Much Does a Rosacea Laser Treatment Cost?

The cost of a rosacea treatment varies according to the severity of the patient’s symptoms. However, on average, the experienced dermatologists at SpaMedica charge $499 per laser treatment. Three-package treatments can be purchased for $1,299.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Rosacea Laser Treatment?

In the early stages of your program, it takes approximately 1-3 days to recover from a single rosacea laser treatment. As such, it is recommended that you schedule your first couple of treatments on a Thursday or Friday. In doing so, you will be able to take the weekend off and return to work on Monday while looking relatively normal. As you progress through your program, most patients will be able to return to work in a matter of hours after their treatment.

How Long Does a Rosacea Laser Treatment Take?

Typically, a rosacea laser treatment takes approximately 30 minutes to perform, depending on the severity of the symptoms.

What Is a Rosacea Laser Treatment?

Rosacea is an inflammatory condition that causes increased vascularity, redness, blood vessels, pimples, enlarged pores and swelling on the skin. If left untreated, the condition can become even more intense, with the affected skin turning more reddish and flushed in appearance.

As the underlying cause of rosacea is unknown, there is no known cure for the unattractive skin condition. However, SpaMedica’s dermatology team can control the condition by greatly reducing its symptoms, often reducing symptoms and improving the appearance of the skin by 80% with a series of laser (pulsed dye) and/or IPL (intense pulsed light) laser light treatments.

Indeed, SpaMedica offers state-of-the-art laser treatments designed to clear the affected skin and stabilize the condition. By the end of a treatment program, patients can expect a significant reduction in the unappealing skin symptoms, of up to 80% or more reduction.

Who Is a Candidate for a Rosacea Laser Treatment?

There is no particular age restriction for laser treatments, and there is no specific trait that defines a “good” candidate. Fundamentally, good candidates are patients who display the symptoms of rosacea, including facial redness, bumps, pimples, and visible blood vessels. However, as is the case with most cosmetic procedures, good candidates should have logical expectations concerning the risks and benefits of the procedure.

Most SpaMedica rosacea patients who have great laser and IPL outcomes have already failed to respond to typical dermatologic treatments like topical cleansers, creams, oral antibiotics, Accutane, and Metrogel.

4 Benefits of Rosacea Laser Treatments

Reduce Skin Irritation

Rosacea laser treatment reduces skin irritation due to the condition’s symptoms. Your skin will look more even in colour and tone, be less irritated and look healthier.

Boost Self-Esteem

Rosacea laser treatments can restore lost confidence by reducing redness around the cheeks and forehead and eliminating the visibility of blood vessels.

Promote Healthier Skin

The lasers involved in rosacea treatment are designed to increase collagen production in the body, promoting healthier skin.

Improve Texture

By clearing up scars and breakouts, laser treatments improve the texture and tone of the skin.

Risks of a Rosacea Laser Treatments

Like all procedures, rosacea laser treatments come with the risk of potential complications. We have performed rosacea laser treatments for over 20 years and helped develop the IPL Fotofacial technology. After this many procedures, the risk of a significant complication is extremely low. Although we have not seen most of the risks listed below, these rosacea laser therapy risks have been reported:


In some cases, the procedure can result in facial swelling. However, this swelling should subside in the days following the procedure.

Infection or Small Skin Burn

While risks are minimal, complications that can occur involve the infection or a small laser or IPL burn of the skin. However, the dermatologists at SpaMedica take extra care to avoid the risk of infection.


Like these other potential risks, any redness should diminish not long after the procedure.


In rare cases, the procedure may result in bruising that can last several days.

Why Choose SpaMedica for a Rosacea Laser Treatment?

SpaMedica represents Canada’s largest private cosmetic laser and dermatology centre. The team at SpaMedica pioneered the use of advanced IPL photo facial treatments using multiple lasers and light-based energy systems to get the best possible treatment for rosacea. As such, the dermatologists at SpaMedica are recognized as national and international experts in their field. By choosing SpaMedica, you’ll gain access to renowned dermatologists who can serve your needs with a wide array of laser and energy-based technologies designed to optimize your outcome and minimize the risk of complications.

Different Types of Rosacea Treatments

Your medical dermatologist might try several rosacea treatments, including topical creams, oral antibiotics, topical cleaners, Accutane and Metrogel. Sometimes, these medical treatments will work to control your rosacea. When these treatments fail, or you do not want long-term antibiotic use, the SpaMedica Laser and IPL programs may be your best option.

How does Dr. Chen perform a Rosacea Laser Therapy?

Dr. Chen’s approach to laser therapy at SpaMedica is structured and patient-focused, ensuring personalized care at every step. Here’s a detailed look at the process:

Initial Consultation

Comprehensive Evaluation: Patients start with an in-depth cosmetic consultation by one of SpaMedica’s experienced laser dermatologists. This initial step is crucial for understanding the unique aspects of each patient’s rosacea.
Symptom Analysis: The dermatologist carefully examines the specific symptoms of the patient’s rosacea, such as redness, visible blood vessels, bumps, and pimples. This thorough analysis is essential for tailoring the treatment to the patient’s needs.
Customized Treatment Plan: A personalized treatment plan is developed based on the consultation and symptom analysis. This plan outlines the recommended course of action, typically suggesting 4-8 sessions to address the rosacea symptoms effectively.

Treatment Sessions

Preparation: On the day of the treatment, patients are made comfortable with the application of a topical anesthetic cream to minimize any discomfort. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is also available to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the procedure.
Laser and IPL Devices: Three different types of lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) devices are used during each session. This multimodal approach is designed to comprehensively target the various symptoms of rosacea, optimizing the chances of a successful outcome.
Session Frequency: Treatments are scheduled every 3-4 weeks. A series of 6-9 sessions is generally recommended to reduce rosacea symptoms significantly. After the full treatment course, rosacea patients can expect a 75-85% or better reduction in redness and inflammation.

Dr. Chen’s methodical and patient-centric approach ensures that each step of the rosacea treatment is optimized for the best possible outcomes. By combining a detailed initial assessment with the strategic use of advanced laser and IPL technologies, patients at SpaMedica receive highly effective and personalized care tailored to their specific rosacea conditions.

How to Prepare for a Rosacea Laser Treatment

Prior to your procedure, our team will review your medications and medical history. Based on the scope of the procedure, SpaMedica doctors may recommend that you stop taking certain medications before the treatment. It is also recommended that you consume a healthy diet and drink plenty of liquids before your treatment.

What to Expect After Laser Treatments for Rosacea

Following a rosacea program (series of treatments), patients can expect to achieve a significant and noticeable reduction in all aspects of the condition. On average, the reduction in redness, dilated spider vessels, and acne can be between 50 and 85%. Impressively, the majority of patients achieve a reduction of over 70%.

Rosacea is a lifelong metabolic condition and disorder of the skin and its blood vessels.

A single maintenance laser or IPL treatment should be completed once every 2-3 months in order to maintain the improvements and best results that have been achieved.

Rosacea Laser Treatment Recovery and Timeline

Day 1: Swelling and increased redness. Occasionally some bruising.
Day 3: Minor darkening and swelling caused by the laser treatment should subside completely.
Day 10: Any brown pigment irregularities should subside by this point.
Month 4: Patients should return to SpaMedica to undergo a treatment designed to maintain the improvements they achieved.

Best Procedures Paired with a Laser Treatment for Rosacea

Rosacea medical skin care (gentle, but physician prescribed), ultrasonic microdermabrasion and very low energy fractional radiofrequency treatments (Fractora and Morpheus8) work well with laser and/or intense pulsed light therapy.

Rosacea Laser Therapy FAQ

How Painful Is It to Get a Laser Treatment for Rosacea?

There is a minimal amount of discomfort involved in rosacea laser therapy. The laser and/or intense pulsed light removal therapy is relatively painless.

How do you Recognize Rosacea?

It is vital to know the signs of rosacea. Symptoms include facial redness, bumps, visible blood vessels, and pimples.

What Triggers Rosacea?

There is no single underlying cause for rosacea. However, it is believed that the condition is related to hereditary influences, sun damage, smoking, and medical conditions such as liver disease or microorganisms in the skin. Rosacea triggers include alcohol, spicy foods, caffeine, emotional stress, and alcohol.

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