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Keratosis Pilaris: Pulse Dye Laser, Red Light Therapy

The common skin condition that is known to cause rough patches and small, acne-like bumps, usually on the arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks, is notoriously difficult to treat. Keratosis pilaris is bumps that are usually white, sometimes red, and generally don’t hurt or itch, which are caused by keratin build-up in the hair follicle. When the keratin plugs the skin it looks very similar to acne, which is why it’s important to see a dermatologist as soon as the skin begins reacting strangely.

Pulsed dye laser therapy has proven as a successful treatment option for those suffering from keratosis pilaris. The device produces a bright light that is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels, and as a result, the laser energy’s heat causes the blood vessels to clog. Slowly the clogged vessel is naturally absorbed by the body and no longer causes a prevalent and distinct red appearance through the skin. Just after one treatment, dermatologists were seeing significant results and because of how embarrassing the condition can be, a one-treatment fix can make all the difference.

Fraxel Re:pair laser treatments have also proven as an effective treatment approach. Fractional resurfacing with the Fraxel laser, achieves its results by resurfacing the skin 15-50% at each session. This is done by emitting microscopic-deep columns of treatments named microthermal zones into the targeted area in order to stimulate new collagen formation. Collagen is the key protein component in the skin that creates structure. Stimulating new collagen growth ultimately creates a smoother, less bumpy skin surface. Fraxel treatments have also been successful in treating wrinkles, poor texture, large skin pores, sun damage, sun spots, brown spots, acne scars, surgical scars, traumatic scars, melasma, uneven pigmentation, stretch marks, syringomas, and pearly penile papules.

About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD, FAACS, is the founder and medical director of the New York Cosmetic, Skin, & Laser Surgery Center. Dr. Rokhsar is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery, being one of the few select dermatologists in the country who is also fellowship trained in laser surgery. A researcher and innovator, Dr. Rokhsar is the creator of the non-surgical nose job and has been instrumental in the research and development of laser systems such as the Fraxel, CO2, Mirady, Vbeam, Themitight, and Ulthera devices. An Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Rokhsar actively teaches the cosmetic dermatology clinic to the resident at Mount Sinai. An expert injector of fillers, and a trainer for many companies, patients fly in from around the world to see Dr. Rokhsar in his Garden City and Manhattan offices in New York.

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