Broken Capillaries, Red Blotchy Skin, Rosacea Treatments using the Gemini KTP/Nd Yag Laser

Many dermatologists regard the Gemini KTP/NdYag laser as the gold standard for treatment of vascular lesions (broken capillaries), blotchy red skin and rosacea.  

“The flushing and telangiectasias associated with rosacea are notoriously difficult to treat with standard medications. Newer technologies, namely medical lasers and light sources, have made it possible to control and improve erythematotelangietatic signs of rosacea. The potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP) laser in particular is an efficacious and safe tool for treatment of this disease.

Conclusion: The latest addition to the laser armamentarium is the KTP YAG laser. Its relatively short wavelength at 532 nm and high affinity for oxyhemoglobin makes it ideal for targeting vasculature that is superficial in the skin. Unlike the PDL, which causes explosive vessel rupture and leakage, the KTP YAG allows for a slower, more gentle heating, coagulation, and collapse of the vessel. This minimizes pain and purpura.

The KTP YAG laser has the advantage of being able to produce high fluences like the PDL, but is able to deposit that energy over a longer period of time due to longer pulse widths. This allows for adequate thermal damage to the target, while minimizing damage to surrounding tissues. These characteristics make it ideal for treating the pathology involved in erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. As laser treatment becomes more common in the outpatient setting, the KTP YAG may prove to be the most useful modality for this stubborn form of rosacea.”

(Treatment of erythematotelangiectactic rosacea with a KTP YAG laser. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 2005 Nov-Dec;4(6):760-2., Miller A., St Louis Skin Solutions, MO 63131, USA.

Is the laser treatment comfortable?

The treatment consists of a number of laser pulses accompanied by a tingling or slight burning sensation. The laser handpiece is continuously chilled, during treatment, which provides a more comfortable and safe procedure. If you are doing a full face procedure you can use a local anaesthetic cream, Emla cream prior to treatment.

What does my skin look like after the treatment?

You may experience skin redness and warmth after the treatment. We apply cooling onto your skin after treatment. Sunscreen and Jane Iredale natural minerals are applied to protect you skin from the sun and to even out any redness. No one will be able to discern that you have had a laser treatment if you return to work immediately after the procedure.

You may experience some swelling, particularly the next day that may last a day or two following treatment. Some scabbing and even blistering may be occur but is uncommon. The side effects are rarely noticed by others if you cover with make-up.

Most people continue normal activities after the treatment. Others prefer to undertake the treatment after work and are able to return to work the next day without feeling self conscious.

About the Consultation

A consultation with one of our specialist clinicians is required to determine your suitability for treatment.

Rosacea Treatment with Gemini Laser

What is Rosacea

Rosacea is an inflammatory condition of the skin. It is characterised by redness and flushing, and typically occurs on the faces of people with fair skin type.

How is Rosacea Treated

We use a vascular laser, the Gemini KTP 532nm laser, which is a world class laser providing exceptional results for Rosacea patients without the likelihood of down time or side effects. In 3 to 6 treatments patients generally obtain 70-90% improvement in redness and capillaries.

How the laser works?

Removing Capillaries using Gemini laser KTP 532nm wavelengh

The 532 nm wavelength of the Gemini laser has an affinity to the colour red. The light is absorbed by the oxy-haemoglobin of the capillaries, which heats the capillaries to a level where they are destroyed and are excreted through the lymphatic system. The treatment will give you excellent and safe results because the Gemini laser has a hand piece whereby we can change the spot size used by the laser to trace vessels from 1 mm to 5mm in .1 increments.  That means that the Gemini laser 41 different spot sizes to choice from to trace your vessels to give you superior results compared to other machines.  Other lasers do not have the range of spot sizes so it is more likely to give side effects of burnt skin or less effective results.  With the Gemini laser we can be very accurate and not cause damage to the surrounding skin.

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Reducing background Redness using Gemini laser KTP 532nm wavelenth

In addition we can treat your whole face for background redness by going over the whole face with the 10mm spot size.

In addition, to reducing redness, your skin will be improved in quality and texture, including a reduction to you pore size which is readily noticeable.

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