Laser/Light Therapy for Facial Redness
Learn more about the treatment options for facial redness
Laser/light therapy is a non-ablative treatment option for facial redness. It uses an intense but gentle beam of light to remove facial redness without damaging surrounding tissue. Pain and recovery time are typically minimal.
Why choose laser/light therapy for facial redness
Laser/light therapy can be used to lessen the appearance of many facial redness conditions.
What you need to know about laser/light therapy
- Rosacea: The therapy can remove visible blood vessels or reduce extensive redness. Vascular lasers emit wavelengths of light that target tiny blood vessels just under the skin. Heat from the laser's energy builds in the vessels, causing them to disintegrate. Generally, at least three treatments are required, depending on the severity of redness or visible blood vessels.
- Seborrhea: Ultraviolet phototherapy treatments are administered two to three times a week using a special light booth or box in the doctor’s office.
- Acne: Special lasers target the sebaceous glands that play a large role in developing acne. While the technique is not effective for all patients, for some it provides long-term results lasting years.
As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:
The average cost for a laser/light therapy session is about $550. Since most medical insurance companies consider laser/light therapy a cosmetic procedure, it is usually not covered except in special cases.
How to prepare for the procedure
Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will review the patient’s medical history. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. You should tell your doctor if you use or have recently taken:
- Blood-thinning drugs
- Previous neuromodulator therapy
- Antibiotics by injection
- Muscle relaxants
- Allergy or cold medicine
- Sleep medicine
What to expect after the procedure
Patients may not see any significant changes until several weeks of treatment. Other post-procedure issues include:
- Treated area may be pink or red for four to eight hours after treatment.
- A slight stinging sensation, similar to a mild sunburn in the treated area. This sensation usually subsides within four to six hours. Cool packs or moist cloths may be applied to reduce the sensation.
- Mild swelling in the treatment area that usually dissipates within several days.
Find a doctor for your laser/light therapy for facial redness
Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Non-ablative Laser Treatment” or “Non-ablative Light-Based Rejuvenation” from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS dermatologists performed nearly 2.25 million laser/light procedures, up from 1.68 million in 2012. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s condition.