V Beam or IPL for Mild Rosacea?

Sometime during my late 30's I developed some diffuse redness and broken capillaries on my cheeks. Not sure why -- hormones? I had 3 children and went on to the Pill after my last was born for 6 years. Fast forward to March, I had a micro dermabrasion facial and had my 1st flare up of Rosacea...I am now 45. Felt some burning and experienced some P and P's. I am considering IPL or V beam but very frightened by some stories I have read on this forum. Which procedure is less risky?

Doctor Answers 6

I'd go with the VBeam...

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more powerful and less likely to cause issues due to its cooling mechanism...works quickly and should improve your face in short order...and to prolong the benefits, avoid excessive heat or irritation...take cooler showers, drink less hot coffee, avoid really spicy foods, take a cold soda to the pool, etc...rosacea is a lifelong condition from whenever it starts...maybe a cure someday, but for now treatment and especially with the VBeam

Las Vegas Dermatologist

IPL for Rosacea

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For treating rosacea, I would recommend IPL over VBeam. IPL is generally faster and less painful than VBeam. 

Margaret Weiss, MD
Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Which laser or light device for rosacea

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The device of choice for mild rosacea would be IPL or BBL, not Vbeam. Vbeam can cause more bruising and downtime, although for more severe rosacea or for larger vessels, Vbeam is preferred. ~ Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

Rosacea, V beam and IPL

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Both V beam and IPL treatments are beneficial for the redness and spider veins of rosacea. The most important consideration is the experience of the technician performing the treatment.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

IPL vs Vbeam for Rosacea

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I do both IPL and Vbeam for rosacea with great success.  If the vessels are big and the rosacea severe, I prefer to start with Vbeam as I believe its more powerful, but it can cause a lot of swelling.  If the vessels are small and the patient complains more of flushing, I would start with the IPL.  Both work.  Sometimes I let the patient decide since the Vbeam does have some downtime associated with it.  You need to find a dermatologist with experience in both and that you are comfortable with. 

Rebecca Baxt, MD
Paramus Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Vbeam is very safe for treating rosacea

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Although both IPL's and the Candela Vbeam can be used to target capillaries that cause facial redness and flushing, I would have to consider the Vbeam to be the safer treatment. One aspect of safety that the Vbeam has that no other vascular treatment device has is cryogen cooling to protect the surface of the skin from becoming too hot during treatment. The primary risk in treating bloodvessels with light energy devices is that the brown pigment in the skin will absorb too much heat and will blister with potential scarring.The cryogen cooling protects the skin from this reaction. Some IPL machines have no skin cooling at all, some have what is called "contact cooling ", which is less effective.The second feature that the Vbeam has is a much greater range of treatment settings so that the blood vessels can be precisely targeted.

Richard Fitzpatrick, MD (in memoriam)
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon

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