Redness & Broken Blood Vessels

IPL Photofacials and Long-Pulsed Nd:Yag Laser Treatment in Jacksonville

Treatment For Rosacea, Sun Damage, Blood Vessels, and more

Sun damage, rosacea, acne scarring and hereditary predisposition can result in unwanted redness and broken blood vessels on the face, chest and neck. Although topical treatments can help with this to some degree, the best treatment for these issues is laser or light treatment. Our expert dermatologists in Jacksonville and Nocatee are proud to offer both IPL treatment and Long-Pulsed Nd:Yag Laser treatment to help you achieve the confidence that you desire with your skin.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

What is an IPL? IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) functions by the same principles as lasers as light is absorbed into target cells with color, also known as chromophores, within the skin. This energy is converted to heat energy and causes damage to that specific area in the skin. In the case of treatment of redness or unwanted blood vessels, the overabundant capillaries that are causing unwanted redness are slightly damaged with treatment. As the skin heals, collagen is stimulated and these capillaries are decreased in number, improving the texture and color of the skin.

What can I expect during treatment?

A cooling gel will be applied to the treated area while the IPL, which also has a cooling tip, is applied to the skin. Some pain may be felt, but it is minimized by both the gel and the cooling tip, allowing for a very tolerable treatment.

What can you expect after treatment?

IPL has minimal downtime. Patients can typically return to work immediately after the treatment. It is very important to wear sunscreen on the skin following treatment, especially because redness on the skin is often triggered by sunlight. Although most patients see improvement after as little as one treatment, the typical recommendation is three treatments to achieve desired improvement in the skin.

Long-pulsed Nd:Yag Laser Treatment in Jacksonville

What is Long-Pulsed Nd:Yag Laser? This laser has a wavelength of 1064 nm and can reach deeper layers of skin tissue than many other types of lasers. It targets those unwanted blood vessels that can be quite troublesome to patients. Long-Pulsed Nd:Yag lasers can be used for treatment of broken or dilated blood vessels in the face or other areas of the body.

What can I expect during treatment?

The Long-Pulsed Nd:Yag laser is used to target unwanted blood vessels while a cooling apparatus is used to counteract the feeling of heat as the blood vessel is being treated. Patients may feel some pain, but it is minimized by a stream of cool air. The length of time needed to treat depends on how many blood vessels need to be treated. This can be a very quick treatment or may take a little longer depending on how many vessels are present.

What can you expect after treatment?

Redness, mild swelling, and scabbing can occur on treated sites. This can take a few days to heal. Post care is fairly simple and should include: sun avoidance until the skin is completely healed from treatment and minimal sun exposure for one month following treatment, use of Vaseline or topical antibiotic to any open or crusted areas. Several treatments may be needed to achieve desired results.