Thought i'd start a new thread with each treatment as the other one got quite long, hope thats ok.
Had a really interesting session today as Dr Crouch started off by using a photographic process called Spectrophotometric Intracutaneous Analysis (SIA). I'm sure it was mentioned on one of the rosacea boards recently, apparantly there are 14 in the country and the Burghley Park clinic has two. It was used mainly for checking moles but you can select 'Blood Map' and see what is going on under the skin vessel wise, which is useful as its something to refer to at the beginning of each subsequent session to see if the tx's are making an impact.
You can read more about it here and i think Dr C said he was giving feedback to www.astronclinica.com about its use with acne rosacea so hopefully it might become more widespread in its rosacea application and with any luck make the laser treatments more effective.
This time Dr C used the Yag again but moved it up to 50 joules and planned top do three passes. As it was after two my skin felt very tender in areas and after a pause we decided to leave it at that as the last thing i want to do is risk any damage such as blistering. I am very tolerant to pain so would imagine two passes at this energy would feel sufficient for many but next time if it doesn't hurt as much i think Dr C would so three passes.
I feel extremely priviledged to be being treated by Dr Crouch, am really hopeful about the future and am pathetically excited about seeing what my SIAscope reading shows next time Fingers crossed my vessels will all be waving white flags 8)
BTW: still taking the Clarithromycin and getting along with it much better now (i take a probiotic capsule alongside every pill) and really feel like its helping with the post-laser flushing.