Pulsed Dye Laser for Redness

Vbeam Perfecta is a safe, effective treatment to remove discolorations, including rosacea, sun spots, age spots, freckles, as well as other vascular and pigmentation abnormalities such as poikiloderma, port wine stains, hypertrophic scars, red acne scars, stretch marks, facial veins, and leg veins.

The Vbeam uses Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) technology to deliver an intense but gentle burst of light into targeted areas of the skin. There it’s absorbed by the blood vessels or melanin pigmented areas, safely treating the condition. Most patients notice results right away, and it’s safe for all skin types.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments depends on each individual patient response, the settings used, and the condition being treated. For example, acne scars on average need about 5 sessions, mild rosacea needs about 3 per year, and some facial veins just need one session.

What is the Vbeam treatment like?

Most patients are reclining or lying down, depending on the area being treated. The laser will be calibrated and parameters set based on the specific condition being treated. Patient’s often report a warming or tingling sensation during the treatment, although anesthetics are usually not required.

Are the treatments painful?

Most patients report a sensation similar to a sunburn after the treatment. During the treatment, skin receives additional protection through the patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD), which delivers a cooling burst of cryogen before the laser pulse is delivered, increases comfort. Some patients described this as a cold rubber band lightly snapping the skin.

Is PDL treatment safe, and are there any side effects?

Yes, PDL treatments have been since the 1980s for the treatment of post wine stains in infants and young children. The DCD goes a long way toward ensuring both the patient’s comfort and the protection of the treated skin.

What to expect? Some patients experience redness immediately after treatment, but it usually goes away in a few hours. Occasionally a laser bruise called purpura may occur; this usually disappears in three to five days. When treating brown posts lesions, they become darker brown and raised, then start to peel off after 5-10 days.

What precautions should I take before or after treatment?

Avoid sun exposure before and throughout treatments; SPF 30 or higher sunblock should be worn daily during this time. Avoid exercise or heat producing activities for about 2 days after treatment. Make up can be reapplied about an hour after the procedure. Aloe vera gel can be applied after the treatment for redness and swelling.

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