Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates LLC -  - Dermatologist

Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates LLC

Dermatologists & Plastic Surgeons located in Fairfax, VA

Rosacea Specialist
Dr. Shabnam Shahabadi offers comprehensive treatment for rosacea at her office in Fairfax, Virginia. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with rosacea, or wonder whether your lingering acne or facial redness might be rosacea, call Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates for an assessment and advanced treatment options.

Rosacea Q & A

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What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition with a big impact on patients, who live with red skin, flushing, swelling and acne-like breakouts and other symptoms. Since rosacea is often triggered by external factors, you have to identify which ones are a problem for you and avoid them. Some of the most common triggers are stress, sunlight, hot and cold temperatures, cosmetics, caffeine, and hot or spicy foods.

Inflammation from rosacea often causes a condition called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or excessive darkening of skin. While this can occur in anyone with rosacea, women and men with skin of color have a higher risk and are more likely to develop severe cases of hyperpigmentation.

How is rosacea treated?

If you wonder whether persistent acne or frequent flushing and red skin might be rosacea, don’t hesitate to call Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates. It’s important to get a proper diagnosis and start treatment early to get some relief, avoid permanent skin damage, and prevent problems like hyperpigmentation.

Treatment for rosacea begins with daily use of a good sunscreen and diligent skin care to keep skin hydrated. Many skin care products contain ingredients that irritate rosacea, so Dr. Shahabadi can recommend a skin care routine that you’ll find soothing and healing. Depending on the severity of your rosacea, medications may help, especially topical products, which may include prescription medications or natural ingredients that relieve inflammation.

How can photofacials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion improve rosacea?

Dr. Shahabadi performs several procedures that offer relief from symptoms caused by rosacea, including:

  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial: IPL uses pulses of light to penetrate through skin and stimulate its natural healing process. This treatment diminishes the appearance of rosacea as it destroys small blood vessels under the skin that cause redness.
  • Chemical peels: When a chemical peel is applied by an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Shahabadi, it successfully treats hyperpigmentation without irritating skin, even in women and men with skin of color.
  • Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion isn’t recommended for everyone with rosacea, but it can help if you have rosacea with acne, blotchy skin, sun damage, or light scarring.
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