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IPL Vs V Beam for Rosacea

I am 35 year old male & have slight rosacea on my nose , upper cheeks along & some occular rosacea. I've been on antibiotics for 4 months (tetralysal and doxycyclin). Both of which make skin more photosensitive. I've just finished the course & the 1 postule that I ever had is calmed down significantly (after 9 months).

I am considering - IPL/V-Beam treatment to minimize rosacea, Question: how long do I need to wait before I can get these treatments? Skin type: between III and IV (more 4)

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Rosacea IPL or V-Beam

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V-Beam is the gold standard for rosacea.  Whether the rosacea is mild or severe, V-beam is hands down the best treatment.  Improvement can be seen after a single treatment although some people need multiple treatments. Thick, ropey facial veins will likely require multiple treatments but flushing  may significantly improve after a single treatment.

The laser provider is important, nit just the laser. Find a physician owned and operated laser in a medical office with multiple lasers in a busy practice. Don't find an office that uses a laser only from time to time.

Web reference: http://www.bluewaterspa.com/laserrosacea.html

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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How long after tetracyclines before IPL treatments

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Tetracyclines, including doxycycline, are mostly out of your system within 7-10 days after stopping the medication. 

The ocular rosacea cannot be treated with a laser, therefore you will most likely need a low dose doxycycline to maintain the eyes symptom-free, but that can be restarted after your facial rosacea treatments.

Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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