IPL Treatment for Rosacea

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin disorder that presents as red inflamed looking areas on your skin and although it can be found in people of all ages, it does tend to occur more frequently on more mature skin. It can also be triggered from external factors such as environmental damage. Rosacea is usually apparent due to redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, Small, visible blood vessels on the face, bumps, or pimples and sometimes watery or irritated eyes can all be signifiers of this condition.

Thankfully Rosacea can be controlled with IPL. IPL has two actions that help in Rosacea. Firstly, red thread veins absorb the light energy, this makes them hot. This controlled method of heat damage encourages the body to reabsorb them, thus improving the appearance. Secondly the light energy warms the collagen fibres in the skin this stimulates new collagen and collagen remodeling, this improves the support of the small blood vessels in the treatment area which helps to delay the development of further red thread veins.

IPL is very effective at treating the following skin concerns
Pigmented lesions
Fine lines and wrinkles
Vascular lesions
Rough skin texture
Spider veins
Skin irregularities
Sun damage


Treatment Enquiries


    Who is suitable for treatment?

    Treatment is suitable for most people, however, best results are obtained for those with fair skin, and there is less chance of side effects.

    Is it Painful?

    Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anesthesia and the procedure is actually quite quick. Sensations vary, but most describe it as a very quick hot pinprick.

    Are there any side effects or downtime?

    After treatment the area may feel warm for a few hours. Rarely some delicate skin areas such as the cheeks or décolleté can be red and slightly swollen for up to 48 hours. Though very rare, there is a chance a small blister may form and there could be temporary lightening or darkening of the skin.

    How many treatments will I need?

    Treatments typically take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the type and size of lesion. Typically 3 to 5 treatments are needed for maximum results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session. Repeat treatments are spaced every 4 to 6 weeks.

    Will I need a patch test?

    Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.