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.
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.
Typically, a rosacea treatment takes approximately 30 minutes to perform, depending on the severity of the symptoms.
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.
There is no particular age restriction for rosacea treatment, 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.
Reduce Skin Irritation
Rosacea laser treatment reduces skin irritation that occurs as a result of the condition’s symptoms. Your skin will look more even in colour and tone, be less irritated and look healthier.
Rosacea treatment can restore lost confidence by reducing redness around the cheeks and forehead, as well as by eliminating the visibility of blood vessels.
Promote Healthier Skin
The lasers involved in rosacea treatment are designed to increase collagen production in the body, thereby promoting healthier skin.
By clearing up scars and breakouts, rosacea treatment improves the texture and tone of the skin.
Like all procedures, rosacea treatment comes with the risk of potential complications. Dr. Mulholland has been performing rosacea 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 Dr. Mulholland has not seen most of the risks listed below, these rosacea treatment 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.
SpaMedica represents Canada’s largest private cosmetic laser and dermatology centre. Dr. Mulholland and the dermatologists 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 that 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.
There are a number of rosacea treatments that your medical dermatologist might try, 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, then the SpaMedica Laser and IPL programs may be your best option.
Before beginning their treatment, patients suffering from rosacea will undergo a comprehensive cosmetic consultation with one of SpaMedica’s highly-trained laser dermatologists. The dermatologists will analyze each specific symptom of the patient’s rosacea condition, outlining a carefully prepared treatment plan in the process. Typically, dermatologists recommend 4-8 sessions to treat a patient’s rosacea condition.
Later, patients will return for an actual treatment session, which will involve the use of topical anesthetic cream and laughing gas (nitrous oxide). During the treatment, 3 different types of lasers and intense pulsed light devices will be applied over the patient’s skin in order to optimize the results and reduce the condition’s symptoms. Treatments are performed every 3-4 weeks for a series of 6-9 sessions to get 75-85% or better reduction in redness and inflammation.
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Mulholland and his 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.
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.
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.
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 IPL rosacea treatments.
There is a minimal amount of discomfort involved in rosacea treatment. In fact, the laser and/or IPL removal approach is considered to be relatively painless.
It is vital to know the signs of rosacea. Symptoms include facial redness, bumps, visible blood vessels, and pimples.
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.