ROSACEA AND KTP LASER

Rosacea, KTP laser – Cannes | Dr. Victor Médard de Chardon

DEFINITION OF ROSACEA

ROSACEA

Rosacea (or acne rosacea or erythematotelangiectatic rosacea) is a benign skin condition that can be aesthetically displeasing and socially embarrassing.

VASCULAR LASERS

Laser treatments have revolutionised the aesthetic management of rosacea. They remain the benchmark treatment and are safe when used by experienced professionals. However, electrocautery still has a place in the treatment of certain very localised forms.

SYMPTOMS OF ROSACEA

The zones usually affected are: the cheeks, the sides of the nose, the forehead and the chin. The symptoms of rosacea are redness, itchiness, sometimes stinging around the eyes and hot flushes.
At a more advanced stage, there can be inflamed papules. At a late stage, the nose can be hypertrophic, red and uneven. This is called rhinophyma.

POPULATIONS AFFECTED

Women are more often affected by rosacea than men

Adults over 30 years old

Northern Europeans with fine, pale skin (most frequently)

Black, North African and Asian skins (more rarely)

AGGRAVATING FACTORS

Alcoholic drinks, especially red wine

Very hot drinks

Exposure to extreme temperatures (cold or hot)

Stress

Menopause

Repeated abrasion: chronic scratching, razor blades

Vasodilator medications

Certain foods: spicy food, very hot food, vinegar

HOW THE LASERS WORK

The treatment of rosacea is based on coagulating the haemoglobin in the vessels and damaging the vessel walls in order to block them.

PRACTICALITIES OF KTP LASER TREATMENT OF ROSACEA

Details of a KTP laser session

  • Sessions are performed by Dr. Patrick Médard de Chardon, dermatologist, at 145 rue d'Antibes in Cannes.
  • Protective glasses are worn
  • The skin is cleaned and prepared
  • A cold gel is applied to lower the temperature of the skin
  • Telangiectasias are identified and targeted by the Laser
  • A cold gel is applied to lower the temperature of the skin
  • Cold is applied after the session to soothe the sensation of heat

Duration of a laser session

15 minutes to 1 hour

Number of sessions

  • 2 sessions 2 months apart to treat rosacea
  • 1 annual maintenance session sometimes necessary

AFTER LASER KTP

Sensation of heat relieved by cold

Red patches that can be concealed using foundation (24 – 48 hours)

Sometimes tiny scabs (48 – 72 hours)

Application of recovery cream (4 weeks)

Return to work (immediate)

Return to social activities (immediate)



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