We all get a flushed, red face under certain conditions, such as when it is cold, or after a period of intense exercise. However, some people experience more than just transient symptoms of facial redness, and the problem becomes chronic. There are many types of facial redness, and the causes can vary greatly, some caused by serious diseases that are triggered by ongoing skin problems. So what are some of the common reasons people experience facial redness, and what can be done to help remedy the problem?
There are many causes of facial redness, but some of the most common causes include:
A chronic skin problem, rosacea is localized to the cheeks, nose, and forehead, making flushing, visible blood vessels, and/or red bumps appear, often filled with pus. The problem can be intermittent, but people can have symptoms for weeks or months at a time. The cause of rosacea is still a mystery.
Broken capillaries are tiny veins beneath the skin that appear as tiny, red irregular lines when damaged. Some of this damage is preventable, but it is still possible to get these “spider veins” despite best efforts. These veins can become more noticeable with age as the skin thins, and there is also a genetic component to the problem. Some triggers include sun damage, aggressive skincare, excessive alcohol, and facial trauma.
A problem many people struggle with not only during adolescence, but also into adulthood, is severe acne. Severe acne can cause redness and scarring that won’t go away on its own. These lingering symptoms can be difficult to treat, and may require a number of tactics before finding a suitable solution.
Options for Treatment
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are the go-to procedures for helping people overcome facial redness from many different (though not all) causes. IPL can help treat sun damage and other pigmentation issues. BroadBand Light (BBL) is another option for improving the appearance of the skin. The great news about these treatments is that they are gentle, effective, and versatile for treating issues on many different areas of the body.
IPL and BBL are short treatments, typically taking less than 30 minutes to complete a session. Gel is smoothed over the area to be treated, then a gentle handpiece administers the therapeutic light to the skin. The process is only mildly uncomfortable, with a topical anesthetic available for patients who are worried about discomfort.
One of the best aspects of IPL and BBL treatments is the lack of downtime following each treatment. Patients can get back to normal activities right away, and the only common side effect is slight redness that usually resolves within just a few hours. As with all skin treatments, patients should take care to protect the skin from the sun to help prevent complications.
Number of Treatments
Not all problems can be resolved in just one treatment, unfortunately, and some patients will need a series of sessions to get the desired results from treatment. This depends heavily on the type of redness being treated, the severity of the problem, and the procedure chosen. However, most patients will need an average of four to six treatments, which are typically performed about three weeks apart. Your surgeon should be able to give you an estimate of how many treatments will be needed for desired improvement in your unique case. But this is not set in stone, as it is impossible to fully predict how each person’s skin will react to treatment.
Choosing a Provider
No matter what treatment you seek, you should always enlist the help of an experienced, board certified plastic facial plastic surgeon to help you reach your goals. A skilled surgeon can help you choose a treatment, discuss your goals, and give you all the information you need before you move forward.
If you would like to speak with an expert who can help you reach your goals, call Buckingham Center and meet with renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham is a skilled and compassionate provider, and offers many different effective treatments to give patients the options they need to get good results. To schedule your consultation, call Buckingham Center in Austin at 512-401-2500 today.