Dermatology and Plastic Surgery

Rosacea Treatments in Melbourne, FL

Rosacea tends to be a chronic condition, and, untreated, its symptoms may gradually worsen over time. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available for this condition at Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD and plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, serving residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, the beaches, and nearby communities in Central Florida.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a complex inflammatory skin condition that causes facial redness, swelling, and bumps. Treatment varies according to what type of rosacea is being treated and the extent of the condition.

What are the symptoms of Rosacea?

The most common symptom of rosacea is a flushed, red face with sensitive, dry skin that may burn or sting. Some patients may exhibit small bumps and pimples or acne-like breakouts. In advanced cases, the skin becomes coarser and thicker, with a bumpy texture, particularly around the nose. Ocular rosacea affects the eyes, producing dry, red, irritated eyes.

What causes Rosacea and how can it be prevented?

The cause of rosacea remain unknown, but scientists have concluded that rosacea doesn’t seem to be an infection caused by bacteria, but rather a reaction to something that irritates the skin. Rosacea symptoms may flare up when something causes the blood vessels in the face to expand, causing redness and irritation. Irritants that may cause flare-ups are called triggers. Common triggers include strenuous exercise, exposure to sun and wind exposure, hot weather, emotional stress, spicy foods, alcohol, hot baths, gastrointestinal infections, and certain skin care products. Rosacea more often affects people with fair skin who blush easily, and there seems to be a hereditary component.

How is Rosacea Diagnosed?

Diagnosis is usually based on clinical observation.

How is Rosacea treated?

There are many treatments available for rosacea that may include prescription medications taken orally and/or applied topically, IPL photofacial or laser therapy, and others. Treatment for mild to moderate ocular rosacea may include artificial tears, oral antibiotics, and daily cleansing of the eyelashes and eye region. More advanced cases should be examined by an eye specialist, who may prescribe ophthalmic treatments.

How much do Rosacea Treatments cost in Central Florida?

Treatment for rosacea varies widely, depending on the type and extent of the condition being treated, and prices will vary accordingly. Rosacea treatments may in some cases be covered in part by health insurance carriers. To manage costs beyond those covered by health insurance, our office provides flexible payment options for your convenience. We also encourage use of health or flexible savings accounts.

Rosacea causes unwanted redness as well as discomfort and detracts from your facial skin health. Contact our office for a consultation to discuss the rosacea treatments available at Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by and dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD and plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, serving residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, the beaches, and neighboring communities in Central Florida.