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Introducing Pulsed Dye Laser


Finally, finally, my practice has a Pulsed Dye Laser, the V-beam Perfecta. I used the earlier generation of this technology in my residency to treat rosacea, general redness of the face, neck, and chest, broken capillaries on the nose and cheeks, and red scars. I had it performed on me personally when I was 26 years old for my red acne scars, and I was thrilled with the results. Now I can offer it to you!

How do V-beam laser treatments work?

During a V-beam laser treatment, an intense pulse of light will be sent into the skin. The blood vessels below the skin absorb the light, destroying the blood vessels and allowing them to be reabsorbed into the body. The destruction of these blood vessels results in a reduction of the appearance of the targeted skin blemish. V-beam lasers are non-ablative lasers, which means that they are able to deliver an effectively strong beam of light, but will not destroy the surrounding tissue.

What skin conditions can be treated with V-beam?

V-beam has been proven effective in the treatment of rosacea, spider veins, red scars, and general redness of the face, neck, and chest. The V-beam Perfecta can also perform a photofacial to reduce the visible signs of aging on your skin by decreasing fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, and reversing the effects of sun damage, including age spots.

How many treatments will be required?

The number of treatments required will vary from individual to individual, based on the patient’s skin type and the condition that is being treated. Typically, 2-3 treatments are required, but sometimes more on larger or deeper spots. Treatments last about 15 to 30 minutes and can be performed every 6 to 8 weeks.

Are V-beam laser treatments painful?

V-beam treatments are mildly uncomfortable and feel as though someone quickly snapped a rubber band on your skin. The feeling fades very quickly, and the results are generally worth the momentary discomfort. The advanced technology uses an Integrated Dynamic Cooling Device, which sprays a cold spray onto the skin immediately before the laser pulse reaches the skin. The spray cools the outer layers of the skin, thus reducing much of the discomfort typically associated with laser treatments. After your treatment, we will provide an ice pack to minimize any remaining warmth.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with V-beam?

V-beam laser treatments are extremely safe. The Integrate Dynamic Cooling Device helps reduce associated risks and the occurrence of side effects by cooling the skin before the laser pulse is emitted. Only minor side effects are usually associated with the treatment, such as mild redness and swelling around the treatment area. These subside on their own within a few days. Mild bruising (purpura) on the skin may also be seen, and that just means that the laser worked properly and destroyed the blood vessels. The bruising may be covered with make-up and usually lasts just a few days.

Do I need to follow any pre-treatment or post-treatment instructions?

For 6 weeks before and after your treatment, Dr. Gilchrist advises that you avoid exposure to the sun. Between treatments, it is important to use broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen at all times. You can apply lotion and make-up to the targeted area the day after the treatment.

Who should not receive V-beam treatments?

V-beam laser treatments should not be performed on patients with darker skin types. Additionally, V-beam should not be used to treat vessels that are deeper than 1.5 mm below the skin (such as larger blue veins), as the pulse of light will not penetrate this far. V beam works best on pink and red lesions.

You can click here for additional before and after photos.

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