Pulse Dye Laser Improves Erythema

Written by on October 5, 2005 in laser therapy, pulse dye laser, Red Face of Rosacea with 0 Comments

This paper is showing that treating rosacea symptoms with pulse dye laser can improve the redness of rosacea and also the quality of life of sufferers.

Other papers are also showing that the side effects after treatment can include swelling and pain – but at leas this research is showing that after time it Pulse Dye Laser can offer siginificant improvement in rosacea symptoms.

Pulsed dye laser treatment of rosacea improves erythema, symptomatology, and quality of life., 

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,

Volume 51, Issue 4, October 2004, Pages 592-599.

Division of Dermatologic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, University of Minnesota

BACKGROUND: Persistent erythema and dysesthetic symptoms are typical manifestations of rosacea.

OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess improvement in erythema, symptoms, and quality of life after pulsed dye laser treatment.

METHODS: Sixteen patients with erythematotelangiectatic rosacea participated. Spectrophotometric erythema measurements were taken from the right and left malar prominence; chin; and nasal alae, dorsum, and tip. A questionnaire rating the Dermatology Life Quality Index and symptoms of flushing, burning, itching, dryness, swelling, and skin sensitivity was completed. Treatment was undertaken with the pulsed dye laser at purpuragenic fluences. Measurements and treatment were repeated at 8-week intervals for a total of two treatments.

RESULTS: A statistically significant improvement was observed in symptoms, quality-of-life score, and erythema in all areas with the exception of erythema of the left nasal ala.

CONCLUSIONS: Pulsed dye laser treatment at purpuragenic fluences is a safe and effective treatment for symptomatic rosacea, resulting in a significant improvement in erythema, symptoms, and quality of life.

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