Complications of Rosacea

Complications of Rosacea

Broken Veins (Telangiectasia)

If the blood vessels are visible, you may be able to treat these using special lasers designed to reduce them. They are very likely, however, to return if the skin continues to flush and redden, so it must only be seen as a temporary measure. Lasers commonly used for treating telangiectasia are either argon or pulsed dye lasers. They can be very successful for some people. The laser works by matching the wavelength or colour of its light as carefully as possible to that of the broken veins so that the energy from the laser beam is absorbed by the veins and converted to heat, destroying them.

As the destruction takes place in just a millionth of a second, there is not time for the heat energy of the laser beam to damage any of the surrounding tissue, ensuring that no scarring occurs.

Another method uses an electric current to destroy and remove the unwanted veins. This process is called electro-desiccation and is carried out by inserting a very fine needle or electrode into the blood vessels through which the electric current is passed.

Ocular Rosacea

Approximately 50% of people with Rosacea also have problems with their eyes. In many cases the ocular symptoms occur before the skin shows outward signs of Rosacea. The signs of ocular Rosacea can be irritated eyes and eyelids. If you believe you may be experiencing problems with your eyes as a result of Rosacea, you will need to see your G.P. who may refer you to an eye specialist. Ocular Rosacea can occur in any severity of facial Rosacea.

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