Vbeam lasers are non-ablative light-based treatments that penetrate the skin without wounding the surface of the skin. The Vbeam produces an intense but gentle burst of light that can effectively treat rosacea, facial veins, leg veins, scars, psoriasis, red birthmarks, port wine stains, angiomas, uneven coloring of the neck and chest.
The Vbeam is also a wonderful tool for treatment of wrinkles (skin rejuvenation).
Is Vbeam Laser Safe?
The Vbeam Laser produces an intense but gentle burst of light that selectively destroys the targeted area without damaging the surrounding tissue. The top layer of skin (epidermis) is protected during the treatment with a cooling cryogen mist onto the skin before each laser pulse, which also increases patient comfort.
The Vbeam is not recommended for patients who have dark pigmented skin. Other than that, Vbeam pulsed dye laser treatment is safe enough to treat port wine stains in infants and young children.
The depth of penetration of the Vbeam is limited to vessels about 1.5mm in depth. Therefore, vessels deeper than this may not respond to the therapy. Additionally, blue vessels may not respond as well as red ones. Your doctor will know if Vbeam is the right treatment for you after a thorough assessment.
Effective Treatment for Rosacea
For those with Rosacea, the Vbeam laser targets both the visible blood vessels of rosacea and the tiny dilated blood vessels that cause the redness and flushing associated with rosacea. Most people will see improvement without bruising after 2-4 treatments. More severe rosacea may require more treatments or may require more aggressive settings that can cause a mild bit of bruising. Vbeam can also reduce the inflammation commonly seen with rosacea (bumps, swelling, pimples) and can significantly improve skin texture.
What to Expect with VBeam Treatment
The feeling of a laser pulse has been described as a slight stinging sensation or like being snapped by a rubber band. After 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, however, most people tolerate the procedure without any need for anesthesia. Applying ice packs after the treatment can alleviate any discomfort. Some doctors 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 always request this if you prefer. 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 after treatment.
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.
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.
For facial veins, one treatment may be sufficient for good results, 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.
Red veins respond better than blue veins and the smaller vessels will respond quicker than larger vessels. Port wine stain lesions have more vessels to be treated and usually require multiple treatments.
As with ANY laser treatment, avoid direct exposure to the sun. A sun screen of SPF 30 or greater should be used for casual sun exposure for several months before and after your treatment, or as long as you plan to continue treatment. Darker melanin or pigment from the sun may produce side effects or make the treatment less effective.