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Rosacea Procedures & Treatments in Indianapolis and Carmel

Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology

Rosacea Procedures & Treatments Indianapolis and Carmel IN

Many people suffer with rosacea and it’s a common skin problem seen by Turkle & Associates. Treating rosacea can reduce existing redness and decrease the risk of future flare-ups. Our rosacea patients have found this improves their self-esteem and quality of life.

We invite you to continue reading for frequently asked questions and more information about rosacea and how we can help.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, acne-like condition of the facial skin that may affect as many as 13 million Americans. It typically first appears when people reach their 30s and 40s as a flushing or subtle redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that comes and goes. If left untreated, rosacea tends to worsen over time. As the condition progresses, the redness becomes more persistent, bumps and pimples called papules and pustules appear and small dilated blood vessels may become visible.

Some people with rosacea avoid public contact due to embarrassment and anxiety and some become depressed. We’ve had rosacea patients say the reduction of symptoms after our rosacea treatments has improved their self-esteem and overall quality of life etc.

Procedures for Rosacea Treatment

The following is a list of our procedures for rosacea treatment. Please click on each individual link below to go to the page about that specific procedure for rosacea or other skin redness and get information including pricing, before and after photos and more.

The best procedure to treat your rosacea will depend upon many factors and, after an examination, we will let you know the best rosacea for you.

Medications for Rosacea Treatment

Several medications are available by doctor’s prescription for rosacea treatment. They control redness and reduce the number of papules and pustules.

  • Antibiotics: antibiotics like metronidazole and erythromycin may be used in mild forms of rosacea. Oral Antibiotics such as tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline are sometimes used in more severe cases or when topical antibiotics fail.
  • Isotretinoin: Isotretinoin is sometimes used for severe rosacea that has not responded to other forms of treatment. If this medication is used, blood draws may be necessary to monitor possible side effects.
  • Redness Fading Products: redness fading products like Rhofade or oxymetazoline may be recommended.

Remember, without regular treatment, redness and pimples can return. Studies of patients who stopped treatment after their symptoms were successfully cleared show that rosacea came back in many of the patients within a week to 6 months.

Who Gets Rosacea?

Rosacea is usually seen in adults. It seems to affect fair-skinned people more often, though it can affect any skin type. Most people who get rosacea have a history of flushing or blushing more easily and more often than the average person.

What Causes Rosacea?

There are many theories but none have been proven. Researchers now believe that there is some link between rosacea and how often (and how strongly) people flush or blush.

What Are Common Rosacea Symptoms?

Many rosacea patients have only one or two symptoms; here is a complete list of the most common ones:

  • Redness: This looks like a blush or sunburn and it is caused by flushing. The redness gradually becomes more noticeable and will not go away. Facial skin may get very dry.
  • Pimples: Later, pimples may appear on the face. These pimples may be inflamed —small, red and solid (papules) or pus-filled (pustules) like teenage acne. Because they look alike, rosacea has been called “adult acne” or “acne rosacea.” But people with rosacea do not normally have the blackhead or whitehead type of pimples (called comedones) that are usually seen in teenage acne.
  • Red lines: When people with rosacea flush, the small blood vessels of the face get larger—eventually showing through the skin. These enlarged blood vessels look like thin red lines on the face, usually on the cheeks. These lines may be hidden at first by flushing, blushing or redness, but they usually reappear when the redness is cleared up. These lines are called telangiectasias.
  • Nasal bumps: When rosacea is not treated, some people, especially men, may eventually get small knobby bumps on the nose. As more bumps appear, the nose looks swollen. This condition is called rhinophyma.

How Does Rosacea Progress?

In most people, the first sign of rosacea is rosy cheeks; the face gets red in patches and stays red—eventually redness doesn’t go away at all.

Rosacea is a chronic condition. In most people symptoms come and go in cycles and these flare-ups are common. Although the condition may improve (go into remission) for a while without treatment, it is often followed by a worsening of symptoms (redness, pimples, red lines or nasal bumps) that progresses over time.

Can Anything Make Rosacea Worse?

Facial flushing can make symptoms worse. It can even cause flare-ups in patients whose rosacea was under control with medications. Flushing can be triggered by many things including hard exercise, menopause, and even some medicines. The most common triggers are: hot drinks, alcohol, spicy foods, stress, sunlight, extreme heat or cold.

You should avoid anything that causes flushing. You will need to find out what things affect you and decide if you want to change your habits to avoid them. Just remember — flushing may affect your success in controlling rosacea.

What Can I Do to Improve My Rosacea?

Following a regular cleansing and medication routine will make treatment easier and more successful. Sensitive skin products should be used–we’ll be happy to let you know what will work best for you.

General product information for rosacea patients is as follows:

  • Soaps/cleansers: Only very mild products should be used on the face. Avoid products that contain alcohol or irritants. Our cleansing products for rosacea patients are listed below.
  • Moisturizers: Apply a quality moisturizer as needed. When using with a topical medication, you can usually apply the moisturizer after the medication has dried. Our moisturizing products for rosacea patients are listed below.
  • Sunscreens: Use an SPF 30 or higher whenever you exposed to the sun.

In general, you should choose facial products that will not clog pores; they usually have the word “noncomedogenic” on the package. Avoid products that contain alcohol (check hair spray and astringent labels), acetone or oil. Products suitable for rosacea patients are listed below.

Which Sunscreen, Makeup and Skincare Products Are Best for Rosacea?

We do carry products to help you reduce existing rosacea and minimize the chance of a flare-up. Most can be purchased in-person at our office, over the phone by calling 317-848-8101 or at our online store by clicking the links below:

Treatment Products for Rosacea Patients

Sunscreens for Rosacea Patients

Sunscreens suitable for rosacea patients can be seen on our sunscreen page in our online store by clicking here.

Makeup for Rosacea Patients

Makeup suitable for rosacea patients can be seen on our Colorescience makeup page in our online store by clicking here.

Note this may not be a complete list of products we carry that are appropriate for patients with rosacea–feel free to call us at 317-848-8101 or contact us by clicking here to email us for further recommendations.

Do You Take Insurance For Rosacea Treatments?

Yes, we do take insurance for rosacea treatments, however some of our treatments may not be covered. We suggest you contact your plan administrator to determine if we participate with your insurance plan and which treatments they cover. Insurance does not cover non-prescription products or treatments or procedures the insurance company feels are not medically necessary.

Contact Us Rosacea Procedures for Rosacea Treatment

If you have more questions rosacea products or about rosacea treatments and procedures and would like further information, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology by clicking here for our online quick-contact email form or feel free to call us at 317-848-0001.

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*Fees are approximate only and subject to physical examination and consultation. We do try to keep the fees on our website up to date, however be advised fees are subject to change without notice. Please feel free to inquire about any price changes.

Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatologys’ video content is for informational and educational purposes only. Viewing of these videos should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or a treatment recommendation. As with any health concern, always seek a consultation regarding a medical condition. Any questions concerning the content of these videos may be directed to Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology at drturkle@turklemd.com or 317-848-0001.

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