Laser Redness Treatments

Laser Redness Treatments are non-ablative procedures used to eliminate facial redness. Specific skin conditions that may lead patients to seek this form of surgery include: rosacea, red patches, broken blood vessels, dilated facial veins and sun damage. The treatment consists of using an intense, yet gentle, beam of light that is absorbed by the skin. It targets the haemoglobin in order to remove malfunctioning blood vessels which make the skin red, without damaging surrounding tissue.

Before the procedure, patients should advise their doctors if they are or have recently been taking sleep medications, blood-thinners, antibiotics, allergy or cold medicine, or muscle relaxants.

The effectiveness of the treatments may vary from one patient to the next. Following each treatment, the skin may appear pink for four to eight hours, and bruising may occur. Other possible risks include: scarring, bleeding, infection, swelling and discolouration. Laser treatments may be painful during the procedure, though recovery time is generally minimal.

Laser redness treatments are effective and require little follow-up once the series of treatments is completed. Patients usually note a significant improvement in their skin following the first session. However, it is important to ensure the practitioner providing the treatment is qualified, as errors may lead to serious injuries. It is recommended that patients conduct thorough research looking into the practitioner’s credentials, also asking for personal recommendations from friends and family or contacting major manufacturers of the lasers to ask the top doctors located in their area.

Vascular lasers that selectively target abnormal or undesired skin blood vessels while minimising damage to surrounding skin, are most effective on the face, although can also be used on some leg veins, scars and stretchmarks. It functions by producing a specific light wavelength that penetrates outer skin layers, down to the blood vessels, which then absorb it. 

Fractional laser resurfacing rejuvenates the skin, reduces sun damage, addresses ageing, acne scars, and some skin disorders, by peeling away damaged layers of skin; it stimulates the skin’s deep layer to reproduce the collagen lost through ageing.

Laser pigmentation removal works by producing high energy light wavelengths, which then turn to heat energy capable of targeting a specific area of pigmentation; it is the most advanced method available to remove skin pigment such as freckles and sun and age spots, from face or body. The side effects and recovery time are minimal.

Laser tattoo removal is done using a Q-switched laser; it works by creating nanosecond light energy pulses, which break up the tattoo’s ink. Although quite effective, tattoos are almost impossible to remove completely.