Since 2002 The Pulse Light Clinic has specialized in IPL treatment for Rosacea. We have pioneered IPL techniques including multiple passes of Intense Pulsed light (IPL) to reach errant vessels under the skin.
These contribute greatly to facial flushing and redness and surface capillaries. We are able to achieve good clearance of telangiectasia and the chronic red face, as well as significantly decreasing the intensity and duration of the facial flush.
We have used most advanced IPL equipment, tried and tested against our rigorous standards of safety and performance. We have pushed the boundaries of what is possible using IPL technology.
Consequently, over the years we have amassed a wealth of understanding and clinical knowledge of the condition of Rosacea and its treatment. We strive for clinical excellence and are a results led clinic.
The successful outcome of IPL treatment for Rosacea is determined by the experience and training of the IPL practitioner.
A perfunctory IPL pass of the face using the same preset parameters for every client will not eradicate the spread or depth of blood vessels seen in Rosacea. To obtain the results possible with IPL, specific parameters geared to each individual Rosacea sufferer must be used not just at the beginning of treatment but through each successive session of IPL.
This treatment is a non-invasive medical system that is effective at removing the structurally damaged blood vessels and diminishing constant facial redness. It offers a greater degree of selectivity for the treatment of the superficial facial microvessels and can also target the larger and deeper blood vessels. It also effectively treats more extensive areas of the face with less pain and greater speed than the older laser methods.
Every patient is different and an initial consultation will be necessary to determine how many sessions the patient will need depending on the severity of the condition and the sensitivity of the skin one course of rosacea treatment can be between between 4 to 6 sessions.
This is a life long condition that will need to be monitored for the rest of the patients life. Once a course has been finished and the results are satisfactory, it is only necessary for 'top ups' once a year to keep the condition under control.
How does IPL work to reduce the damage done by rosacea?
It targets the microvessels on the surface of the skin and the "rogue" network under the surface of the skin
Is your rosacea treatment different from your other IPL skin treatments?
Yes we have developed an IPL treatment specifically geared to Rosacea. That means parameters, pulse delays, wavelengths etc are selected for the individual Rosacea client as well as particular effective methods of directing the IPL onto the skin.
Do you treat rosacea patients on a regular basis?
Yes every three weeks
Is it painful and are there any side effects?
Although I do many passes of the face our technique has evolved to such an extent that only a sensation of heat is experienced by the client with a few rubber band like snaps over large veins.
How many sessions will I need?
For established rosacea a minimum of six treatments
How long has this clinic been around and treating rosacea with IPL?
I have been treating Rosacea since 2001
What type of training/background do you have?
RN, BTEC Advanced laser technology training
Which IPL equipment do you use?
Lynton and Lumenis equipment.These clinically proven medical systems leads the sector in application and versatility with combined Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Laser treatments.
How often is this equipment tested and are the lights replaced regularly?
That depends on your level of tolerance to pain. The pulses of light have been described as feeling like a rubber band being flicked on your face.
Facts' about Rosacea
The Pulse Light Clinic is dedicated to achieving the best possible results for their clients and each client is carefully and extensively monitored.
This has reuslted in the successful treatment of thousands of cases, including the four sub-types.
Whilst it is recognised that there is no known cure for Rosacea, the Pulse Light Clinic concentrates on reducing and/or removing visible symptoms so that there are fewer or even no flushing episodes, together with a paler/clearer complexion, and an absence of visible facial blood vessels.
It is widely accepted that IPL is a very effective treatment and this is confirmed in study after study producing similar statistics. The most famous study was carried out by Schroeter CA et. al in 2005, and showed an average of 77.8% clearance of rosacea lesions with minimal side effects. These results were maintained at 'follow-ups' which averaged around four and a half years. There are various smaller studies following this one, with similar conclusions.
Intense Pulsed Light is now accepted as a proven technology for various skin and vascular issues. It has been clearly demonstrated that Intense Pulse Light has a profound and positive effect on redness, flushing, and the vascular lesions associated with Rosacea. We have found a few people online who were unimpressed by their IPL therapy. On further examination, it appeared that their lack of success was closely related to the IPL practitioners’ inexperience of the technology and the condition of Rosacea itself. Conspicuously, finding the right practitioner with sufficient experience is essential to a positive outcome.
Take care with your diet and avoid triggers. Diet and skin care should be the pre-cursors to treatment, they are not treatments but often reduce symptoms and flare-ups.
It is very important to have treatment as early as possible, and so as soon as you first suspect you have rosacea simply get a free consultation at the Pulse Light Clinic
Undoubtedly diet plays a role in the successful treatment of Rosacea. Therefore the choice of a nutritionist who specialises in Rosacea is as essential as the choice of an IPL Rosacea specialist. We are all unique individuals and so is our biochemistry, so it is important that our diet is tailored for our particular requirements.
By choosing the correct foods, flushing can be reduced and sometimes even eliminated, and it is thought that sometimes the small red blood vessels may also be strengthened as they repair themselves after flushing is reduced. All parts of the body self heal to an extent.
There may be underlying digestive problems and these need to be recognised and rectified. Please read our e-booklet; a website with useful information diet (in the rosacea context) is NutritionalEssence.com
It is important to both identify and then avoid our own 'trigger' foods, and replace them with similar foods .
Rosacea Natural Treatment is an integral part of roscea treatment by PulselightClinic.
Large numbers of people are not aware they have the first signs of rosacea, which has also been called
'The Great Impostor' as many people confuse it with other skin conditions, e.g. sunburn or acne, (or even eye irritation), and so do not see a specialist
the numbers of people developing the condition is increasing as the baby boomers reach an age where it is more likely to develop.
Surveys have found that many people lack knowledge, including how to recognise Rosacea.
If you feel you may be developing early signs of the condition, then simply ask for a free first consultation and put your mind at rest.
Early diagnosis also makes treatment more effective.
There is now increased awareness that women going through the menopause need to pay particular attention to their skin, typically on the face, and especially during the summer.
They should take extra care of their skin and use high factor sun protection when their skin is exposed to the sun. At the first signs of rosacea, they should arrange for a free first consultation with a rosacea specialist. This will ensure that where necessary, it can be treated preventatively before the more visible, painful and irritating signs develop.
Hot flushes and hormonal changes caused by the menopause can accelerate the progression of these symptoms, and a rosacea skin specialist will be able to ensure that the symptoms are not confused with the effects of the hot sun.
Using Intense Pulsed Light, any visibly broken blood vessels on the face (thread veins) can be treated and often eliminated, reducing the visible redness that may initially have been confused with sunburn. The Pulse Light Clinic is happy to offer a free first consultation for anyone who has concerns.