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Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) Overview

PDL: Facial Veins, Rosacea and Facial Redness

The Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) is the treatment of choice for small facial veins and facial redness such as that associated with Rosacea. This procedure is much more effective than IPL for removing small veins and redness. The laser energy is applied to the skin which causes the proteins in the vein wall to coagulate. The damaged vessels are then removed by the immune system over the next few weeks. Most small vessels can be treated in just a few short treatments. For the redness and flushing associated with Rosacea, a package of five treatments is usually recommended. To reduce the redness even faster, products such as Redness Relief have proved more effective than prescriptions such as MetroGel. When paired with the proper sunscreen, such as SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense, patients are able to maintain their results for years.

What is pulsed dye laser treatment? -David Verebelyi, MD