Rosacea

Rosacea is a very common skin condition. People with rosacea flush easily and often develop redness, thread veins and spots on their cheeks nose and/or forehead. It often starts in the second or third decade of life, and women are more often affected than men.

Some people with rosacea find the rash on their face causes them embarrassment and anxiety. Lasers have made a significant impact on the treatment of rosacea with a very low risk of damaging the skin.

The pulse dye laser is usually used for rosacea treatment. The laser delivers a pulse of yellow light to the blood vessels causing them to seal up and fade away.

The first stage of treatment is a consultation with our specialist doctor who will assess your needs. We may then offer you a test treatment to find out how well your skin will respond to laser treatment.

Once you have had a test patch and it has shown that laser treatment will help you can start to have regular sessions. In our experience, the best results follow a series of 2-4 treatments, depending on the severity of the problem. The length of each laser treatment session varies according to the area to be treated.

The pulse dye laser may cause some bruising in the treated areas for a few days after treatment. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise for a couple of days and look after your skin carefully. You may also need to wear a high factor sunblock and avoid excessive sun exposure for the whole course of the treatment. Our specialist will advise you on how to look after your skin.

Laser treatment for rosacea is not usually funded on the NHS. The Exceptional Funding Panel in your local area may consider funding for patients with unusually severe conditions or exceptional circumstances. If you think you may be eligible for NHS treatment please discuss this with your GP who may be able to apply to the local funding panel on your behalf. 

If you are not eligible for NHS treatment you can choose to self-fund your laser treatment at the Bristol Laser Centre.  

The Bristol Laser Centre offers a sensitive, personal, honest approach to your laser treatment needs. An initial self-funded consultation with our specialist doctor costs £120 and is always required to discuss your specific needs. A test patch costs £131 and rosacea laser treatment sessions are from £210 per session. 

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