For rosacea sufferers, it seems like everything can cause flare-ups: stress, anxiety, many foods, alcohol, sun exposure and seasonal changes. The redness is known to negatively impact personal and professional interactions.
How Does The Nordlys Treatment Work?
Short, safe bursts of intense pulse light (often referred to as lasers) are directed at the skin. Nordlys utilizes a patented dual mode filtration technology called Selective Waveband Technology (SWT). It filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by hemoglobin in the blood. The light is converted to heat, which targets the protein in the wall of the vessels, causing the vessels to gradually disappear after treatment. To ensure the best light absorption, a thin layer of gel (like that used in ultrasound examinations) is applied to your skin before treatment.
Can I Be Treated?
The most common treatment targets the diffuse redness found in the early stages of rosacea, but individual vessels, which may develop later can also be treated. Treatments are most efficient in patients with light skin and little to no suntan. If your skin is less tanned, the contrast between the blood vessels and background color of the skin is greater, making treatment of the targeted vessels easier. However, the Nordlys has pre-programmed settings for different skin types to deliver the correct energy for your complexion. Your provider will help you determine the best treatment options.
How Long Does A Nordlys Treatment Take?
The treatment time depends on the area to be covered and the number of distinct vessels to be treated. A single session typically lasts 10-20 minutes.
Do I Need To Take Any Precautions Before And After The Treatment?
The light used is very bright but completely safe. However, it is important to avoid tanning (sun, tanning beds or self tanning products) before and during
the treatment period. Tanned skin will absorb more light, which makes treatment less effective and less comfortable. Generally, no special care is necessary after treatment, but people with sensitive skin may benefit from applying a cold compress (a cold damp cloth) to the face immediately after the treatment.
Avoid sun exposure for 30 days after the treatment, even if there is no sign of inflammation in the treated area. Use sun protection (minimum 30+ SPF) if sun exposure cannot be avoided.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
The number of treatments depends on the location and number of blood vessels. Clinical studies confirm 1-4 treatments may be needed and are typically spaced one month apart.
Before and After Treatment
Does The Treatment Hurt?
No anesthetics or numbing creams are required and many patients describe the treatment as practically pain-free, like a flick from a rubber band followed by a sensation similar to the feeling of gentle warmth after a day on the beach.
How Can I Be Sure Nordlys Treatments Are Safe And Effective?
Clinical trials documenting the Nordlys’ safety and effectiveness were carried out by leading doctors prior to the launch of the treatment.