The Vbeam Laser produces an intense but gentle burst of light that selectively destroys the blood vessels of your spider veins or other vascular lesions, without damaging the surrounding tissue. After laser treatment the surrounding tissue is left intact and normal pigmentation occurs. In fact, pulsed dye laser treatment is so safe that it has been used successfully for the treatment of port wine stains in infants and young children. The epidermis is protected during the treatment with the Dynamic Cooling Device, which sprays a cooling cryogen mist onto the skin before each laser pulse, which also increases patient comfort.
VBeam is best for:
- Redness on face and body
- Broken blood vessels on face and body
- Port wine stains
- Some brown spots
What should I expect with this particular laser treatment?
Treatment with the Vbeam may consist of multiple treatments. For facial veins, one treatment may be sufficient but additional treatments are not uncommon. These treatments occur on an average of every six to twelve weeks depending on the area and type of treatment.
Are there any adverse effects?
With any laser therapy there is a possibility for adverse effects. The following are adverse effects that may occur with the Vbeam:
- The treated areas may hyperpigment or appear darker after the bruising/red discoloration heals. Normal skin color usually returns within six months after laser therapy.
- Scarring is a risk with the use of any laser. The Vbeam has had no reported incidence of scarring. If the post treatment skin care instructions are not followed, the chances of scarring are increased.
- The treated area may show a slight depression after the laser treatments. This depression usually resolves within a few months.
Will the laser treatment hurt?
The DCD (Dynamic Cooling Device) which is built into the laser system, delivers a short burst or spray of cryogen just prior to the laser pulse being delivered. The DCD has been instrumental in reducing pain associated with treatment as well as reducing the possibility of blister/scab formation. In some instances, a topical cream or anesthetic can be used if requested. The feeling of a laser pulse has been described as being snapped by a rubber band or a slight stinging sensation. Following laser treatment, the area may continue to sting slightly or feel warm like sunburn.
If a large area is to be treated, anesthesia may be used. A small test area can be performed before the entire area is treated to evaluate your pain tolerance. Most patients tolerate this procedure without any need for anesthesia. Applying ice packs post-operatively can alleviate any discomfort experienced during the procedure.
We also offer a topical numbing cream that may be applied 30-45 minutes before treatment to help reduce the sensation of the laser pulsed. You can discuss this option with the nurse prior to treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments really depends on the type of lesions being treated. Some vein treatments may consist of 1-2 treatments, while treatment of scars and stretch marks may have 5-8 treatments. You will be informed of the estimated number of treatments for your specific area(s) of concern during your initial consultation. Depending on the type of treatment, the treatment frequency usually is about every 6-8 weeks.
How long will the laser treatment take?
The duration of your laser treatment depends on the size of the area you wish to have treated. Most treatments last between 15-20 minutes.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Depending on the type and area of treatment, patients will have different post-treatment results and regimes. Some patients may experience bruising or redness that lasts for several days up to several weeks, while others may only have slight redness for several hours.
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