Laser/Light Therapy 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.

Possible risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Crusting

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.

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.

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