When patients present with broken blood vessels, spider veins or acne scars, California Skin Institute providers can use a number of treatment options, including the Vbeam laser. This device was created by Syneron Candela, one of the leaders in laser technology for skin care. What makes the Vbeam laser such a great option for spider veins and lesions is that the laser pulse can target the oxyhemoglobin in blood vessels, without affecting the surrounding healthy tissues. The treatment is very comfortable for most patients, and many even undergo this procedure during their lunch breaks.
If you’d like to schedule a Vbeam laser consultation, please contact a California Skin Institute practice near you, or send us an email through the Contact Form.
How the Vbeam Laser Works
The Vbeam laser uses pulsed dye technology to deliver short bursts of energy into the skin. This energy is then absorbed by certain structures, which causes their destruction and eventual removal by the body’s lymphatic system. For example, when the Vbeam is used to treat spider veins, the energy is absorbed by the blood vessel, which causes the vessels to collapse and become invisible. Over time, the body will break down the destroyed blood vessel and remove it from the body through natural processes.
What the Vbeam Laser Treats
The Vbeam pulsed dye laser is a versatile device that was designed primarily for the treatment of cosmetic vascular issues, and can also be used for treating pigmented lesions. Some of the specific problems that can be treated with this device include:
- Broken blood vessels
- Spider veins
- Vascular lesions
Does the Vbeam Laser Hurt?
No, treatments with the Vbeam laser are quite comfortable and feel like a rubber band hitting the skin. Most patients don’t even require a numbing cream to undergo this procedure. Further, this device is equipped with cooling technology that provides a short burst of cold air to the skin moments before the laser beam is delivered, which significantly increases comfort during treatment.
Typical Vbeam Laser Treatment
Here at California Skin Institute we have worked very hard to build a patient-centric culture that places every patient’s individual needs above all else. As such, each patient’s treatment session will be somewhat different, and tailored to your unique circumstances and needs.
During your Vbeam laser treatment appointment, your California Skin Institute provider will assess the treatment area to develop a customized treatment plan. Then, you will be provided with protective eyewear, and your provider will calibrate the device to your specific needs.
The procedure will be performed by pressing the Vbeam laser hand piece against the skin, where the vascular or pigmented lesions are present. Then, your provider will activate the laser, which will deliver a very quick burst of energy. When treating vascular lesions with the Vbeam laser, these bursts are so effective that the dilated blood vessels often become invisible immediately after the energy burst.
Your California Skin Institute provider will gently move the hand piece across the entire treatment area, until all of the lesions and/or blood vessels have been treated.
After the treatment has been completed, you will be provided with an ice pack, to reduce any discomfort and promote a faster recovery.
Vbeam Laser Side Effects
At the end of the treatment, most California Skin Institute patients report a sensation similar to a sun burn. There is slight soreness and some patients may experience very slight swelling. This is a natural reaction to the micro damage to the blood vessels or hyperpigmented structures in the treatment area, and the body responds immediately with a healing process, to remove the damaged structures.
However, most patients are able to return to work immediately after the procedure, and can even wear makeup.
To reduce potentially serious side effects, it’s important to avoid sun exposure for approximately one week after the laser treatment, because your skin’s natural defenses against UV radiation will be temporarily weakened.
Vbeam Laser and Tanning
The best results are achieved for patients who do not have a tan, as this allows the laser to target the chromophores more efficiently. Therefore, it’s a good idea to avoid sun tanning or self tanning several weeks before treatment.
How Many Vbeam Laser Treatments Will I Need?
The number of Vbeam laser treatment sessions will vary from patient to patient, based on the severity of the original skin issue. Further, some blood vessels may need to be treated several times, as the body’s immune response will attempt to re-open these vessels.
However, most patients will need between 1-3 treatments, spaced approximately one month apart (to allow the body to heal in between treatments).
Scheduling Your Vbeam Laser Consultation
If you’d like a personalized, one-on-one consultation with a California Skin Institute provider, please contact a practice near you. Or, schedule your Vbeam laser consultation by completing the Contact Form.