Rosacea Specialist

Kathleen F. Farrell, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine Physician

Laser Lisse

Kathleen F. Farrell, M.D.

Internal Medicine Physician & Internal Medicine located in Gaithersburg, MD

According to the National Rosacea Society, many of the 16 million Americans who suffer the embarrassment of red patches, acne-like bumps, and rough spots on their faces don’t even know they have rosacea. Dr. Kathleen Farrell and her team at Laser Lisse in Gaithersburg, Maryland, soothe, smooth, and improve your reddened, inflamed skin with the GentleMax® Pro Nd:YAG laser. If you live in the Gaithersburg area and are looking for ways to improve your rosacea or reddened skin, contact the Laser Lisse team by phone or online form today.

Rosacea Q & A

What’s rosacea?

Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition that usually affects the central face with reddened areas, pimples, or visible veins. Most men and women with rosacea have fair skin and develop the condition after the age of 30. You’re more likely to have rosacea if you blush easily.

Rosacea symptoms come and go in cycles of flares and remissions. Classic rosacea symptoms include:

  • Red face
  • Thickened skin
  • Rough skin
  • Red bumps and pimples
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Stinging, burning skin or eyes


More women than men have rosacea, but men usually have more severe cases. If you don’t treat your rosacea, it tends to worsen.


Is rosacea painful?

Rosacea isn’t painful, though your skin and eyes may feel irritated. However, surveys by the National Rosacea Society found that nearly 90 percent of men and women with rosacea said that it lowered their self-esteem. Almost half of respondents added that embarrassment over their skin caused them to avoid social activities.


How do you get rosacea?

Rosacea may be hereditary. You can’t catch rosacea. You also can’t cure it, but keeping a diary may help you identify and avoid flare triggers, such as:

  • Exposure to sun
  • Emotional stress
  • Hot, cold, or windy weather
  • Heavy exercise
  • Hot baths
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods


How do doctors and aesthetic experts treat rosacea?

Dr. Farrell ’s aesthetic team uses the GentleMax Pro laser to improve the appearance of your rosacea without pain or anesthetics. The warm, gentle laser energy targets the red hemoglobin in your rosacea lesions, reddened skin, and visible veins. The laser heat destroys the unneeded veins, leaving your face more evenly toned and free of excess redness.

You probably need at least four to six sessions with GentleMax Pro. You should leave four weeks between each treatment for your skin to heal and clear the lesions.

When you’re ready to get your rosacea under control and face the world again, contact Dr. Farrell and Laser Lisse for a GentleMax Pro laser treatment. You can phone or use the online appointment form.

*Individual results may vary.