How to (Finally!) Get Rid of Rosacea
The Best Treatments in New York, NY for Rosacea & Redness –
Anyone who suffers from rosacea or facial redness knows how frustrating and embarrassing it can be. This very common skin condition causes unsightly redness and the appearance of visible blood vessels in the face – and may also include small, red, pus-filled bumps. The skin may also feel hot and tender to the touch during rosacea flare-ups. Rosacea and redness may flare up for weeks or even months at a time – and then subside for a while, only to eventually return. While it is most common in middle-aged, fair-skinned women, rosacea can occur in almost anyone – including young people, men and individuals with darker skin tones.
While there is no known permanent “cure” for rosacea, the good news is that a ‘multi-modal approach’ combining laser treatments with medical therapies (including prescriptions and supplements) and the right topical products can reduce discoloration, minimize redness and improve the skin’s appearance overall.
At Goldenberg Dermatology in New York, NY our board certified dermatologists will examine your skin and offer you the state-of-the-art combination of treatments that can control rosacea, and reduce or eliminate the redness, visible veins and other signs and symptoms.
KTP Laser Treatment for Rosacea
KTP laser rosacea treatment uses a solid-state laser that is named after the potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) crystal that is engaged by a beam generated by a garnet Nd: YAG laser to specifically target pigment in the skin.
The KTP laser delivers a specific wavelength that is absorbed by the red color in the blood’s hemoglobin. The KTP laser energy coagulates the blood vessels near the surface of the skin, which collapses and destroys the unsightly blood vessel(s) to overall decrease redness. Rosacea reduction results from KTP laser treatments are quite dramatic, and most patients require just one (or sometimes two) KTP laser treatments.
While other lasers require downtime, KTP lasers are downtime-free. And there are no side effects like increased redness, bumps, or bruising. Even better, there is no pain or discomfort after KTP laser treatment for rosacea. In many cases, patients will see full results immediately – while others may see full results in a few days or a week as the body naturally eliminates the destroyed blood vessels.
Cutera Excel V Treatment for Rosacea & Redness
The Cutera Excel V is a high-performance laser treatment that uses advanced “duo wavelength” energy technology, to treat both superficial and deep vascular conditions that cause redness. Even better, this powerful procedure is non-invasive – so there is NO downtime, and patients can return to their daily activities immediately their rosacea treatment.
The Cutera Excel V can correct almost any type of redness or vascular condition of the skin, including: rosacea, facial veins, spider veins, port wine stains, poikiloderma (red mottling of the neck or décolleté), angiomas, venous lakes and telangiectasia. As an added bonus, the Cutera Excel V rosacea treatments offered by New York board-certified dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldenberg, also improve overall tone and texture of the skin – in addition to reducing redness.
The Cutera Excel V uses a combination of two wavelengths (532 and 1064), for more customized and efficient targeting of redness and lesions. Some physicians have likened the Cutera Excel V to a “magic eraser” because it erases unwanted blood vessels right in front of your eyes! The 532 nm wavelength is absorbed by the red pigment in the hemoglobin in superficial vascular lesions – so it is especially effective in treating conditions such as rosacea, diffuse redness, and telangiectasias.
As the red pigment in the rosacea or lesion absorbs the laser energy, the heat breaks up and destroys the pigmented cells – which are then eliminated by the body. However, the laser does not affect the surrounding skin – so the area is left intact and free of redness. Cutera Excel V laser treatments only take about 15-30 minutes – with no side effects other than some redness or slight bruising – which can easily be covered up with makeup, and lasts only a few days. And while recovery is very short, redness reduction results are long-lasting in most patients.
Photodynamic Light Therapy for Rosacea & Redness
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is another highly successful treatment for the chronic inflammation and redness of rosacea, also available at Goldenberg Dermatology in New York, NY. PDT combines a photosensitizing topical medication with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL or Photofacial) and/or blue natural visible spectrum light.
Most of our New York, NY patients experience dramatic rosacea reduction results after a single treatment. This procedure combines the application of a special topical serum with natural blue light to target redness, destroy bacteria, shrink oil-producing glands, and unclog pores.
Before the treatment, the patient’s skin will be cleansed and coated with a special formulation which is left on for an hour to be absorbed. Next, blue light frequency is applied, and the patient will sit under the light for 10 to 20 minutes. Because red and blue are opposite each other on the color spectrum, only the red pigment (from the hemoglobin) in the rosacea absorbs the blue light – while the rest of the skin is left unaffected.
In addition to minimizing or destroying the red capillaries responsible for the redness associated with rosacea, the blue light also kills bacteria, unclogs pores, and reduces the size and activity of the sebaceous glands. So, pustules, pimples, and pus-filled bumps also disappear! The blue light causes no pain or discomfort. However, patients may experience some warmth or tingling. For the first 3 days afterwards, patients may have some mild to moderate redness, swelling, dryness, or tightness – followed by 2 or 3 days of slight peeling.
In clinical studies, the majority of patients could stop or significantly reduce other rosacea therapies or treatments – with results lasting from 3 months up to an amazing two years!
Medications & Supplements to Treat Rosacea
For the best results in battling rosacea, Goldenberg Dermatology also prescribes medications and supplements that can fight rosacea from the “inside out”. Oral antibiotics can help fight the infections (pustules) that often come with rosacea, as well as deliver powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Other medications taken by mouth, like Isotretinoin, can target and shrink the oil-producing glands in the skin, reducing clogged pores and to help decrease pustules, whiteheads, or papules (small red bumps).
Goldenberg Dermatology in New York, NY also offers its own proprietary line of supplements containing phytonutrients designed to detoxify skin, support cardiovascular (circulatory) health, improve immune function, and enhance ‘gut health’. These vitamins keep the body and the skin in balance, improve circulation and help the body naturally fight infection and inflammation This is an important element in helping to reduce rosacea fare-ups.
Topical Products & Treatments for Rosacea
Goldenberg Dermatology also offers its own line of cleansers, topical retinol, moisturizers, and sunscreens designed specifically for patients with inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
As anyone with rosacea knows, using the wrong skincare products can trigger or aggravate rosacea flare-ups. But the right topical products can sooth inflammation, unclog pores that cause pimples and pustules, and reduce flushing by constricting blood vessels.
Best Rosacea Treatments | New York, NY
Board certified dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldenberg has helped hundreds of patients minimize or eliminate the frustrating, unsightly redness of rosacea and other vascular conditions with a multi-modality protocol that combines lasers, light therapy, prescriptions, supplements and topical products to reduce or eliminate redness and improve the skin’s appearance.
Schedule an appointment today for a personalized rosacea consultation, and Dr. Goldenberg will evaluate your skin and recommend the best combination of rosacea treatments that will get rid of the redness, and give you the smooth, clear glowing skin you desire!