Laser and intense pulsed light management of couperose and rosacea

Ann Dermatol Venereol. 2011 Nov;138 Suppl 3:S219-22. doi: 10.1016/S0151-9638(11)70094-1.


Management of couperosis and rosacea has been totally renewed by laser and vascular laser techniques, with efficacy targeted on the telangiectases and to a lesser extent on the erythrosis. Laser management of hypertrophic rosacea or rhinophyma depends on surgical treatment with decortication, continuous CO(2) ablative laser or Erbium, fractionated at high power, then vascular laser treatment for the telangiectases: lasers with pulsed dye, KTP, or pulsed lights for red laser telangiectases and long pulse Nd-Yag laser for blue telangiectases. For papulopustular rosacea, vascular laser treatment (pulsed dye and KTP) and intense pulsed light will be begun once the inflammation has been treated. The major indication for vascular lasers and intense pulsed light is found in erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, with high efficacy for the telangiectases. Diffuse erythrosis is difficult to treat, requiring a high number of laser and/or intense pulsed light sessions.

MeSH terms

  • Erythema / therapy
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Lasers, Dye
  • Lasers, Solid-State
  • Phototherapy*
  • Rosacea / therapy*
  • Telangiectasis / therapy*