Would Botox Be Worth a Try to Stop Rosacea Flare Ups on my Cheeks/nose, Since Ive Tried Everything Else?

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Botox MAY help rosacea - visit a board-certified dermatologist

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There are several types of rosacea, and there is no cure for any of them; however, there are treatments to maintain/lessen the severity of the condition 
1) "red" rosacea, characterized by easy flushing and discomfort - Small quantities of botox (or other neuromodulators) injected into the skin may help reduce flushing.  Also important, and more standard types of treatments, include: vigilant sun protection,  gentle skin care products, avoiding triggers for flushing (eg heat, spicy food, red wine), IPL.  In some patients, prescription medications can be of added benefit.
2) papular rosacea, characterized by redness and pimples - medications such as oral doxycycline and topical metronidazole or azeleic acid are usually very helpful.
3) ocular rosacea, characterized by dryness or foreign body sensation of the eye - doxycycline is of most use here, as is being evaluated by an opthalmologist
4) phymatous rosacea - this is a disfiguring form of rosacea, and unfortunately, this is quite difficult to treat

Rosacea? V-Beam laser for rosacea and facial veins

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The V-Beam laser is an excellent laser for rosacea. In my Raleigh NC office we have the most up to date version of the V-beam called the Perfecta. This laser is nothing short of amazing for rosacea and spider veins on the face. The Perfecta can also be used with setting designed to perform an anti-aging laser facial.
My office is the top provider of Botox in Raleigh NC. We love Botox, but the V-beam is a far better answer for rosacaea and flushing of the skin

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for Rosacea

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There was a study published in the JDD that showed that botulinum toxin A could help with Rosacea with no adverse events, but one should exercise caution on where it is placed to avoid problems with animation and facial function.  The best thing, and obviously the gold-standard is a treatment with either a pulsed dye laser or IPL in the hands of an experience board-certified Dermatologist and laser surgeon. Good luck.

Sabrina Fabi, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox to stop rosacea in cheeks and nose

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Botox inhibits muscle movement. It would have no affect on skin flare-ups from rosacea. I would suggest you see a board-certified dermatologist with vast experience in treating rosacea. There are options, but Botox isn't one of them.

Botox and rosacea

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I would discuss this with your dermatologist if you haven't already, for their expertise in this area. Without knowing your full health history and understanding what previous treatments were done, it's very difficult to answer this question.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox (as well as Dysport and Xeomin) May Be Effective For Reducing Rosacea Flushing

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Acetylcholine is a major neurotransmitter that is released by certain types of nerves (sympathetic, parasympathetic, and sensory nerves). After being released from nerve endings, acetylcholine can bind to sweat glands (resulting in sweat formation), and blood vessels (resulting in dilation). Lately, there has been extensive research into the role of acetylcholine in nerve-mediated disorders, especially those that are accompanied by skin flushing and sweating.


Neuromodulators, like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are extremely effective at blocking the release of acetylcholine from nerve endings in the facial skin 

There is recent clinical evidence indicating that skin flushing to internal body heating can be completely abolished by skin injections of Botox. One study showed that Botox injections into normal human skin completely blocked skin flushing caused by increases in internal body temperature. The same study also suggested that Botox may block other dilator neurotransmitter substances that may be co-released with acetylcholine. Neuromodulators will have little effect on pimple and pustule breakouts or in eliminating preexisting telangiectasias (broken blood vessels).

For this reason, it is certainly worth a try to inject tiny droplets in a gridlike pattern across the cheeks and other areas that are prone to flushing. This may be used alone or in combination with the topical use of oxymetazoline or brimonidine solutions, which also have been shown to diminish flushing in some patients. Neuromodulators should only be injected in this fashion by board certified dermatologists who are thoroughly experienced in their use for all other conventional purposes.

Nelson Lee Novick, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox and Rosacea

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This is a very interesting question.  Whether Botox will help or not depends a lot on what you're trying to treat.  If your rosacea is mostly pimples, then Botox will not help.  If your rosacea is mostly redness and flushing, then in fact Botox may be very helpful.  Small doses of Botox injected intradermally can block the vasodilation and flushing for weeks or months at a time.  A board certified dermatologist familiar with the use of Botox for this indication would be able to discuss this further with you.  Good Luck with this.

Peter J. Jenkin, MD, FAAD
Seattle Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox is not used to treat rosacea

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Botox does not help rosacea and don't recommend it's use for rosacea. See a dermatologist who has special interest and expertise in helping patients with rossacea.

Botox for Rosacea

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I am not aware of Botox being used to help with Rosacea.  Botox works by weakening muscles that can cause lines or furrows, and in some cases muscle spasm.  Rosacea is not related to muscle movement, so I don't think Botox would affect it.

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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