Redness & Rosacea
Redness & Rosacea Treatment in Washington, DC, by Dr. West
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) is broad-spectrum light that targets brown spots, redness, sun damage, rosacea, and certain scars in the skin. At the West Institute, we use the Lumenis® M22™ IPL which is the state-of-the-art device.
A broad spectrum of light is transmitted with the IPL handpiece through a small, smooth, transparent lightguide which is gently placed over your skin. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either hemoglobin (when treating vascular/red lesions) or melanin (when treating pigmented/brown lesions). IPL is considered a “no downtime” procedure, which is why it became the gold standard treatment shortly after it was introduced, largely replacing medium depth chemical peels which have significant downtime. An IPL treatment can also be combined with Fraxel® Dual or Clear+Brilliant® laser treatments on the same day for amplified results to to address skin texture (including scars) and pore visibility in addition to discoloration.
Is IPL Right For Me?
If you are struggling with mottled blotchy pigmentation or rosacea, IPL may be a great solution for you; it is shown to work best on individuals with fair or light brown skin tones.
Dr. West and team will meet with you to identify if this treatment is best to meet your needs and goals.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The best results from IPL treatments (also known as “photofacials”) are achieved with a series of three to five treatment sessions, usually performed every three to six weeks.
Candela V-Beam Pulsed Dye Laser
The Candela™ V-Beam® Pulsed Dye Laser is the gold-standard laser for the treatment of rosacea, “broken” capillaries, redness, scars, keloids, and vascular birthmarks. It also is gentle enough to be used on infants as young as a week of age.
The Candela V-Beam Pulsed Dye Laser delivers an intense but gentle burst of yellow light to the skin, and the light is specifically absorbed by the blood vessels in the dermis. These blood vessels are coagulated and then reabsorbed by the body during the natural healing process. Some patients may feel slight discomfort, but this is minimized by Candela’s dynamic cooling device which delivers a cooling spray immediately prior to each laser pulse.
Most candidates for pulsed-dye laser treatment require one to three treatment sessions (4-8 weeks apart) to achieve maximal results. Dr. West will recommend the appropriate number of treatments needed based on the treatment area/severity of the condition.
Is The Candela V-Beam Pulsed Dye Laser Right For Me?
The Candela V-Beam Pulsed Dye Laser may be perfect for those looking to treat rosacea, “broken” or prominent capillaries, redness, scars, keloids, and vascular birthmarks. Dr. West and team will meet with you to identify if this treatment is best to meet your needs and goals. Improvement is typically noticeable after the first treatment.