Rosacea is an inflammatory condition of the face that often initially presents in adulthood. There are many different types of rosacea: background pinkness of the cheeks and nose, pink swollen “acne-type” bumps and small pustules, enlargement of the oil glands and pores mostly on the nose, and many others. Since it involves the central face, many patients with rosacea are highly self conscious about their appearance. Additionally, a flare of rosacea is often triggered by things such as stress, weather, sun exposure, hot beverages, or topical products. Therefore, no two patients with rosacea are alike, and no single treatment course will achieve good control in every patient.
Depending on the patient, a personalized treatment plan to control the condition is developed. This often includes topical medications to control the inflammation and avoidance of triggers. Some patients benefit from laser treatments that target the small blood vessels in the face. Larger blood vessels can be cauterized with an electrical needle. Finally, some patients with nasal enlargement elect for surgical reduction.