Treatments for Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that is characterized by frequent flushing or blushing and a generally bright red appearance to the skin on the face. Treatments for Rosacea include many skin care products you can use before going to see a professional, but if you have tried everything and are ready to step it up a notch, then I am happy to inform you about the intense pulsed light laser or IPL for short that treats Rosacea and among other things.

What is IPL?

IPL is similar to laser treatment. However, a laser focuses just one wavelength of light on your skin, while IPL releases light of many different wavelengths, like a photo flash. The light from IPL is more scattered and less focused than a laser. IPL penetrates down to the second layer of your skin (dermis) without harming the top layer (epidermis), so it causes less damage to your skin. It uses a laser to pulse through the skin’s surface, targeting a specific area in the underlying tissue. In the treatment for Rosacea, the laser causes the pigment to break down into smaller particles before rising up to the skin’s surface to flake away as part of the body’s natural healing process.

Treatment of Rosacea with IPL Case 1054

A female in her late 60’s came in with concerns regarding the redness on her cheeks. Even though it’s not a health concern, the patient clearly stated that she wants it gone. After carefully reviewing her options and keeping her medical history in mind, we decided to proceed with three sessions using the intense pulsed light laser (IPL) would be best and would give her the desired results. This specific procedure was done under 45 minutes, and no numbing was used in order to treat the area properly.

The procedure for treating rosacea

We used the IPL laser, which uses controlled light in specific wavelengths to alleviate the redness on the cheeks. We provide eye protection during the procedure for the safety of our patients. While most people are fine with the light pulses, the treatment would feel like a light, bearable sting.

IPL Cost 

Each session is $250.00, but at Albany Laser & Cosmetic Medical Spa in Edmonton, Canada we offer a package of 3 sessions with a 20% discount of $700.00.

Side effects of Rosacea Treatment with IPL

The main side effects to be expected are bruising, swelling, and redness which lasts up to 4-5 days. However, the side effects varies with each person depending on their skin type.


Inserted below are before and after pictures of three sessions that were taken 2 weeks apart. You can see results almost immediately after the second session.

before Rosacea treatment after Rosacea treatment

About the Author

Kamal Alhallak, Ph.D. in Pharmacy, MBA

Dr. Alhallak has established himself as a leading figure in the field of cosmetics and aesthetics, notably in the Canadian healthcare industry. In 2016, he established the Albany Cosmetic and Laser Center, which offers patients cutting-edge procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, IPL photofacials, neurotoxic and dermal fillers, and more. Because of its mix of cutting-edge technology and individualised attention from Dr. Alhallak, the facility has become one of Alberta's most popular places for aesthetic care and laser research. Dr. Alhallak was designated one of the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders by the International Forum for Advancement in Healthcare (IFAH) in 2021.

You can order our book entitled “The Ultimate Guide for Laser and Ipl in the Aesthetic Field” from Springer website and Amazon. This Book is authored by the health professional team including: Dr. Kamal Alhallak, Dr. Salem Tomi, Dr. Adel Abdulhafid, R.N. Dima Omran.


This case study is based on the personal experience of one patient and is not intended to represent typical results. Individual results may vary, and the treatment results depicted in this case study are not guaranteed. The information provided in this case study is not a substitute for a consultation with a licensed healthcare provider, and it is important to understand that results vary from person to person. Before undergoing any cosmetic treatment, it is important to speak with a licensed healthcare provider to understand the potential risks, benefits, and results.

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