Telangiectasia is a medical condition affecting the blood vessels. The vessels become knotted and dilated/widened. It may occur anyplace in the body but are typically perceived in the skin, mucous membranes, or against the white part of the eye. They do not mean anything but are usually linked to some other disease or condition. Rosacea is one such condition.
Telangiectasia is often treated through the use of laser beams. Fine and tapered beams of light are focused on the blood vessels so that the heat which emanates from them can affect the dilation and cause them to reduce in size so much so that they are no longer discerned under the skin.
These procedures are employed to address some of the major symptoms of rosacea. They treat blood vessels which have widened and expanded. They treat skin which has become abnormally and recurrently reddish. And they also take care of the untypically thick skin surrounding the nose and cheeks.
Although the treatment has been used for quite some time now, and in spite of the many considerable leaps in technological advancement, data about the effects of lasers are still insufficient. The question as to how safe and how effective the treatment has not been answered sufficiently. It still lacks substantial research to back up its claims and to allay any remaining doubts about its effectiveness and safety. The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has categorized laser and light therapies as “procedures.” As such, strict and rigorous studies have not been required. Most of the information available regarding its usage is based on the random observations/remarks of the dermatologists who use the procedures for treating their patients.
There are results which seem to be similar or typical in most cases. Reports about the treatments, how the patients typically respond to them, and the side effects which usually accompany the treatment and the period post-treatment have been compiled. They show the following outcomes:
Laser treatment for rosacea can be painful. But usually, no anesthesia is given. The adverse effects of lasers border on the wild-type. Bruises can form. So can crusts on the skin. The skin may become slightly inflamed and red. In rare cases, there might be blisters. Infection can also set in, although this again is rare. The effects only last for about a couple of days or so. They are usually temporary. If infections occur, they can be dealt with antibiotic-treatments.
It is with a great degree of interest to note that when laser treatment causes some level of bruising – usually brief and momentary, lasting for about a couple of weeks or less, the treatment seems more effective in treating the rosacea symptoms. There are recently-developed lasers which do not cause bruises. Research analysts, however, say that when you induce the bruises, there is a more convincing steady reduction in the skin’s ruddiness, in the fiery sensation, as well as in the itchiness. When you stir up the bruising, you bring up the efficiency of the treatment. They also accept the fact that there are many patients who will not be amenable to these findings.
Though, because of the mildness of the effects, lasers are popular for treating dilated blood vessels. Physicians specializing in dermatology have used this treatment for rosacea since the 1980’s. These days, more and more laser treatments are being undertaken for the condition. There is also the newer nonlaser light-therapy referred to as IPL or the intense-pulsed-light which is also now employed for the condition.
Studies show that there is a marked improvement in the symptoms even after just one laser treatment for rosacea. With additional treatments, the improvement increases significantly. Patients have been known to say that they experience markedly less itch and inflammation. Skin becomes less sensitive and less likely to become flush- red and dry. The treatments seem successful in reducing or minimizing the uncomfortable and worrisome sensations which often accompany rosacea.2016-08-08