I have rosacea and surface capillaries, as well as thin, translucent skin. I'm thinking of having Pixel Laser treatments, but I'd like to know first, what Fitzpatrick skin types are recommended for Pixel Laser?
Laser Treatment of Rosacea
Doctor Answers 3
IPL is tried and true
For the problems you are describing (rosacea and vessels), Intense Pulsed Light treatments are (in my opinion) the gold standard.
These can be performed in your doctor's office quickly and comfortably, and with little to no "down-time".
Laser treatment of rosacea
The redness and capillaries of Rosacea are best treated with a vascular specific laser or light source. The most effective laser, and gold standard treatment for this type of Rosacea is the Pulsed Dye Laser, with the VBeam laser being far and away the most commonly utilized. Other options include the 532-KTP lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices, but I generally find these less effective with more potential for side effects.
Pixel Lasers treatments are used for resurfacing-- improvement of such things as lines, wrinkles, textures and scarring. They are generally safe in all lighter skin types and most Asian, Hispanic or Middle Eastern skin. I personally would not treat darker skin types, such as African-American skin (Fitzpatrick V or VI).
Pixel not first line for rosacea. Try V beam or IPL
95% of the time I pick up the V Beam as the laser of choice, this can safely treat up to skin type 4, no problems.
If you have darker skin a 755 or 1064 can help. I also use an IPL for rosacea.
Dr Davin Lim
Aesthetic and Laser Dermatologist