Couperose can be defined as the presence of small, dilated blood vessels on the cheeks and/or the nose that cause almost permanent redness. The blood vessels are not always visible, in this case it is known as diffuse erythrosis. Sometimes there are also inflammatory papules and pustules. This is known as inflammatory rosacea. Laser treatment will not be carried out during this inflammatory phase. Your dermatologist will prescribe an appropriate treatment beforehand to reduce inflammatory lesions.
Treatment is carried out using a long-pulsed Nd:Yag laser or by IPL selectively destroying the small, dilated blood vessels. Usually three sessions with an interval of at least a month are necessary.
Significant redness of the area treated immediately appears after a session. This redness lasts three or four days and there may be slight swelling particularly when treating the upper part of the cheeks. This reaction subsides within a week and does not cause scarring. We recommend buying a green-tinted concealer to cover the redness. If you suffer from diffuse erythrosis, treatment will be more intensive and will cause more significant and darker redness in the form of purpura and greater swelling.
Sun exposure is forbidden two months before and up to one month after the procedure. Your dermatologist will then recommend a sunscreen and cosmetics suited to your skin.
Prior consultation with a dermatologist is compulsory. Together, you and your doctor will assess which treatment is best suited to your needs and what the possible side effects might be. Based on this discussion, the doctor will also provide a quote.