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Laser procedure treatment for rosacea

BOSTON (WHDH) -- Years of too much fun in the sun left Karyn Premock with a common facial skin problem.

"When I turned 50 I was like, 'Oh my gosh, veins'," said Premock.

Plastic surgeon Doctor Jacob Steiger said facial redness and broken blood vessels are a common complaint.

Both can be the result of a skin condition called rosacea.

"It's still somewhat of a scientific dilemma as to exactly what is causing rosacea we know that it's common in certain cultures more than others but it affects many people and many people are looking for a treatment for it," said Dr. Steiger.

Dr. Steiger is now working with a device called the Excel V laser that delivers more intense energy than other devices, accomplishing in one treatment what may take up to five treatments with other devices.

"It feels like a rubber band snapping up against your skin then burns for a few minutes and goes away," said Dr. Steiger.

The laser can also target post surgical bruising.

"You see it right in front of your eyes, it just wipes out the bruise and you don't see that with the IPL and pulse dye lasers," said Dr. Steiger.

Karyn was thrilled with the results. For the first time in years she feels confident enough to leave the house without make up on.

As many as sixteen million Americans suffer from rosacea.