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Rosacea & Thread veins

Rosacea

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common facial condition affecting over 45 million people worldwide. It mainly affects fair skinned individuals, both men and women aged between 30-60, most people do not know that they suffer from Rosacea. Surveys have revealed that more than 75% of people do not have good knowledge about the Rosacea condition. People do not know how to identify Rosacea and what the treatments are for Rosacea.

Rosacea presents itself with flushing and redness of the central face (cheeks / nose / forehead) and can progress to lumps and pustules forming in the skin. Rosacea is commonly mistaken for acne and dermatitis, although they can co-exist.

Triggers for Rosacea can include anything that causes flushing and blushing (eg. alcohol, caffeine, hot and spicy foods, stress, exposure to sunlight, cold weather). Identifying and avoiding the triggers of rosacea can be a useful way of controlling the symptoms.


    Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea

  • Flushing and blushing - the earliest sign of the Rosacea. Facial redness can come and go therefore most of people do not care about it but people with the severe Rosacea have frequent blushing and flushing in their history
  • Persistent Redness - this is the most common sign of rosacea. It is more look like sunburn
  • Bumps and Pimples - tiny red solid bumps or pimples can be visible like acne, sometimes even blackheads
  • Visible Blood Vessels - small blood vessels are more common on skin
  • Eye Irritation - when people have Rosacea, their eyes may become irritated and appear watery or bloodshot.
  • Burning or Stinging - burning or stinging sensations may often occur on the face.
  • Dry Appearance
  • Plaques
  • Skin Thickening
  • Swelling
  • Signs beyond the face - Rosacea signs and symptoms may also develop beyond the face, most commonly on the neck, chest, scalp or ears.

Treatments for Rosacea

  • Topical antibiotics (metronidazole gel 0.75%)
  • Oral antibiotics (erythromycin / doxycycline / minocycline)
  • IPL + laser treatment which targets components of blood (oxyhaemoglobin) causing damage to capillary walls which shrink away
Haemangiomas

Haemangiomas

are generally divided into 2 types; those that are present from birth (eg strawberry naevus) and those that appear later in life (eg spider naevus as shown below). They are caused by a collection of fine superficial blood vessels which produce a characteristic red skin lesion. They are either congenital or caused by skin ageing, pregnancy and liver disease. Most haemangiomas are readily treatable with electrosurgery or IPL / laser.

Thread veins

Thread veins

are usually a sign of UV damage to the skin but can also be hereditary and may be associated with pregnancy, especially in the legs. They are extremely common and harmless, however may look unslightly. Thread veins are readily treatable with microsclerotherapy injections which block the veins, preventing blood flow and causing them to shrink away. Another option is IPL + laser treatment which is effective but may require more treatment sessions.

Varicose veins

are common and generally due to inadequate return of blood caused by incompetent valves in deep veins. Surgery and injection sclerotherapy remain the treatment of choice for large and deeper varicose veins. However, laser treatment using Nd:YAG is a highly effective way of removing small / medium depth veins.

Rosacea and Thread Vein Treatment

Treatment Price
Rosacea & Haemangiomas Varicose veins Thread veins Intense pulsed light (IPL) £100-300
Nd:YAG laser £100-350
Microsclerotherapy £195-350
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