Treating Rosacea with the KTP Laser

Written by on November 12, 2005 in laser therapy with 3 Comments

Use of the KTP Laser in the Treatment of Rosacea and Solar Lentigines

Facial Plast Surgery 2004; 20: 77-83

Benjamin A. Bassichis M.D. , Ravi Swamy B.A. M.P.H. , Steven H. Dayan M.D. F.A.C.S.

Numerous techniques have evolved in facial plastic surgery to treat rosacea and solar lentigines. The treatment regimens range from avoidance of causative factors to the use of topical agents or other modalities that target the superficial layers of the skin. Of the modalities that target the epidermis, lasers offer the physician and patient the ability to target specific chromophores in the skin.

Advances in laser technology led to the implementation of targeting certain characteristic pigments of abnormal areas with minimal damage to surrounding normal tissue. Rosacea and solar lentigines have characteristic cells that are targeted by a potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP) laser. The lesions are different in their origins but share the ability to be treated successfully with the KTP laser. A review of both conditions and other treatment options is discussed.

KEYWORDS: Potassium-titanyl-phosphate laser – rosacea – solar lentigines

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3 Reader Comments

  1. Lorie says:

    I just had laser therapy yesterday and it is still red and bumpy the next day. Is this a normal effect after. Is there anything I should do.

  2. b.c. says:

    Dear Lorie, Hang in there. I have worked with a few different lasers and IPLs and my experience has been that there is no substitute for the 532 KTP. Your doctor should have warned you that you could be red and bumpy for 1-5 days! Depending on how much work he/she did on you. I stayed red and bumpy about threee days on average but we had patients who did not flare like I did and there were those who flared worse but ALL had fantastic results! Don’t expect it to last forever though if your condition is Rosacea it will be an ongoing process.

  3. Chris lane says:

    Hello i have rosacea on my nose ive tried tablets creams and laser but nothing seems to work i cant pinpoint a trigger ive tried cutting out major thing no change im sick of wearing make up as it dries my skin and because its on my nose its so prominent and embarrasing esp for a woman im thinking of ktp can you give me some information

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