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    Default Should I try IPL again or go another route? Suggestions?

    Hi,

    I am a 27 year old male and just recently had my first IPL treatment done for rosacea. The goal was to target the blood vessels (caps) that I have on both cheeks but specifically at the upper edge of my cheekbones. They were/are much more noticable on my right side. I go to an Advanced Dermatologist and the medical esthetician there is very knowledgeable and I trust her very much.

    She lasered my problem area pretty good and I felt 10-12 zaps there at least. Both sides swelled a bit and that was gone in 2-3 days. The issue is that the redness is still there on the right side. I can't see the blood vessels that much. Just a couple red dots and a general redness all within a very small area of my face. But this redness bothers me a lot and I want to know if I should feel defeated or is this a normal result after the first try? She did say it could take 2-3 treatments. Do you think I just need a stronger setting? Should I see a big improvement the next time around?

    If not, what medications might work for the redness that I have on my cheekbone? It seems to always be red and sometimes bright red (when triggered). I've heard something about meds that act as vasoconstrictors.
    Any truth to this?

    I just recently had a derm look at some pics via an e-consult and he said I might want to have a skin biopsy done to better determine if there's something more serious causing this problem since he thinks I'm awfully young to have rosacea. But I wonder if that method is a bit extreme?

    Thank you.

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    Hi

    I'm no expert on IPL, but I have experience with Vbeam and from positive experience can recommend that you look into Pulsed Dye Laser (Vbeam lasering). Please ensure you seek advice from a reputable laser Derm. Price is not cheap, but results are worth it. You can also choose between non purpuric, or purpuric (bruising) treatments, though non-purpuric is the more common treatment done nowadays for Rosacea.

    Re redness: Have you have tried topicals such as Metrocream/gel? i.e. Rozex. Try the topical and laser avenue first in fighting Rosacea redness.

    Best wishes, Shantelle
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    31 Year old female from NZ

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    Hi Shantelle

    How much did it cost for VBEAM and how many sessions did you need?

    Do you have to wait for the redness to become permanent before you need VBEAM??

    I have flushing from rosacea and my main 2 triggers are - exercise & prolonged outdoor weather.
    I dont flush during just after and it stays for a couple of hours.

    I wonder if VBEAM will reduce or eliminate this reaction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by t3dstrik3r View Post
    Hi Shantelle

    How much did it cost for VBEAM and how many sessions did you need?

    Do you have to wait for the redness to become permanent before you need VBEAM??

    I have flushing from rosacea and my main 2 triggers are - exercise & prolonged outdoor weather.
    I dont flush during just after and it stays for a couple of hours.

    I wonder if VBEAM will reduce or eliminate this reaction?
    Well i'm in NZ so prices will not be the same as other countries. One laser Derm offers treatment at about $1500 (purpuric), another less pricey at $800 (non-purpuric) for first time sessions. Even after one treatment and waiting the 8-12 healing time the results were noticeable and skin much improved.

    With Rosacea type 1 vbeam laser treatment is the gold standard treatment advised by specialist laser Derms, especially if you don't want to be on medication longterm.

    Roscaea redness of the skin is due to blood vessels (Rosacea type 1 is a blood vessel disorder) - reducing the amount of surface blood vessels beneath the skin with vbeam = less redness. How many treatments you need depends on the severity of the Rosacea one is dealing with; a reputable laser Derm will be able to provide you good advice about this treatment and whether it suits you. Technically, the more treatments you do the less reactive your skin because there is less little blood vessels beneath the skin to react to stimuli.

    If you do a google search, you will find heaps of info on Candela vbeam pulsed-dye laser.

    Best wishes, Shantelle
    Shantelle

    31 Year old female from NZ

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    Thank you for the suggestions! I feel better equipped to go into my next appointment at the dermatologist.

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