Tampa Registered Nurse Practitioner Reveals Advanced Rosacea Treatment
Kristen Thornley, ARNP recently discussed the potential for laser and light-based therapies to provide more significant, longer-lasting relief for patients with rosacea.
Tampa, FL—”Rosacea is a chronic facial condition that presents with facial redness, vascularity, and even papules and pustules, mimicking acne for some patients. In the U.S. it is believed that more than 14 million people are affected with Rosacea. It is usually diagnosed between ages of 30 and 50 years and although both genders are affected, it is more common in women. Rosacea is also more common in fair-skinned individuals. In our practice, we notice sun damage, a propensity to flush, and genetic predisposition are the top risk factors for Rosacea,” states Tampa Bay registered nurse practitioner Kristen Thornley, ARNP, MSN, FNP. Fortunately, she indicates that there is a multitude of innovative laser and light-based therapies that often can achieve more dramatic, longer-lasting results for many individuals. As rosacea is experienced by millions of Americans, many undiagnosed, she notes that these advanced treatment options could provide welcome relief from the discomfort and embarrassment that generally are associated with this medical concern.
Rosacea, Kristen Thornley explains, often can be recognized by the wide range of symptoms, which vary in severity from facial flushing to painful cysts. To help combat the many indicators, Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, the skincare practice where she works, offers a comprehensive selection of rosacea treatments. “We commonly combine IPL (intense pulsed light) and skin resurfacing lasers like ResurFX® and Pixel RF, because most patients have texture changes, sun damage, and vascularity.” In addition to helping minimize redness and reduce the frequency of flare-ups, these approaches can also improve skin tone and texture for a noticeable cosmetic benefit. She indicates that each patient who schedules a consultation will receive a customized treatment plan that is designed to address his or her unique needs and goals.
Ultimately, Kristen Thornley believes laser and light-based technology can help to alleviate many of the most bothersome symptoms of rosacea, which often worsen over time without treatment. Furthermore, she says, “All patients with rosacea are good candidates for IPL.” And with precautionary measures, even individuals with sensitive skin or darker tones can be helped, she notes.
About Kristen Thornley, ARNP, MSN, FNP
Kristen Thornley received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Florida, graduating with honors. She has earned the prestigious Black Diamond injector status from Allergan after completing over 10,000 BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. Furthermore, she is certified in bio-identical hormone pellet therapy and has undergone extensive training in laser technology. She is a member of several esteemed medical organizations, including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Kristen Thornley is available for interview upon request.
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