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Pulsed dye laser followed by intradermal botulinum toxin type-A in the treatment of rosacea-associated erythema and flushing.

Dermatol Ther. 2020 Jul 07;:

Authors: Al-Niaimi F, Glagoleva E, Araviiskaia E

Abstract
Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin disease characterized by erythema, episodes of flushing and inflammatory lesions. It typically affects the face and is more prevalent among fair skin individuals affecting women more than men. Various treatments are available for rosacea with light-based therapies commonly used in the management of erythema. The use of intradermal botulinum toxin type-A has been reported to be beneficial in the treatment of rosacea-associated erythema and flushing with good results and a low side-effect profile. In this article we present our experience on the successful combination of both pulsed dye laser and intradermal botulinum toxin type-A in erythema and flushing in 20 rosacea patients. In addition to subjective improvement we measured the degree of erythema using a 3D Antera™ camera in order to quantify our results. We demonstrated high efficacy and satisfaction rate with this combined approach and a low side-effect profile. To our knowledge the combination of laser and intradermal botulinum toxin in the management of rosacea has not been previously reported. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

PMID: 32633449 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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Hi

i read your article and find it very interesting. My partner has a very aggressive form of rosacea that sometimes spreads up to the eye. Most of the time he is on antibiotics but as soon as he stops the flushing starts again. Is this treatment that you mentioned available in London???? If not where can it be done.

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Hi Kara, 

Welcome to the RRDi. It would be good to know if your partner did get a diagnosis of rosacea (or what exactly) and what particular antibiotic and how much, whether low dose or high dose, I.e., how many milligrams per day? Is your partner applying any topical(s)? 

The laser mentioned in the article in this thread, pulsed dye, has been around for years.

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  Coherent model 899 ring dye laser, with rhodamine 6G dye, pumped with a 514 nm argon laser. The laser is tuned somewhere around 580 nm. Photo taken by Han-Kwang at the AMOLF Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands. P - image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

By the way, the article is an abstract made available through an RSS feed from PubMed published in Dermatologic Therapy. So this pulsed dye laser is usually in either a dermatology or cosmetic surgeon clinic and as you can imagine expensive. One treatment with an experienced practitioner as you can imagine is expensive, between $350 to $600 US Dollars and usually three or more treatments are required. Most insurance companies in the USA will cover such treatment if they are designated a medical diagnosis but usually such treatments are considered cosmetic and are not covered. I imagine the same conditions exist in the UK regarding whether insurance covers such laser treatments or not. You would have to ask. Most Rosaceans who rave about Laser treatment have to spend the money out of pocket. There are others who have negative experience with laser. By the way, some Rosaceans have now purchased their own light device, sometimes laser, others purchase LED or IPL devices since they are now available to the pubic. There is a learning curve using these devices and you can easily damage your skin so if you decide to go that route take care. Our store has some listed in broad band light. Using laser is just one of the many light devices under the treatment called photo dynamic therapy

The article in this thread used the pulsed dye laser along with intradermal botulinum toxin type-A, a particular botulinum used in cosmetics. This treatment is also expensive and the practitioner should have experience using it since you can imagine if you were his first patient you might feel uneasy.  The article concludes this combination of treatment “demonstrated high efficacy and satisfaction rate with this combined approach and a low side-effect profile.”  If it cost several thousand dollars, you would expect such results. Just remember that you sign off on a lot of waivers and notices that you are warned of the risks and side effects of laser and botulinum treatment. 

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Dr. Braun performs Botox Injections on a client at Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Skin. Botox Injections temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. By temporarily blocking the nerve impulses, the muscles that cause wrinkles relax, giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. - image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

There are clinical papers showing improvement in rosacea using Botox, I.e., Botox for Rosacea.

Depending on what your partner is suffering with, recommend your partner read our welcome page or our newbies page. Some have found that simply reducing sugar/carbohydrate in the diet improves rosacea or whatever skin issue along with the topical ZZ cream.

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