What is Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser?
The Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser is a state-of-the-art piece of equipment that removes unwanted blemishes. The dynamic cooling system allows for optimal comfort during the procedure. This system has been in use for 15 years and is among the most popular procedures for removing skin irregularities.
How does Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser work?
The Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser works by targeting the capillaries and blood vessels of the vascular lesion. The laser is specially tuned to react with the darker colored blemishes, while leaving the lighter skin untouched. It coagulates the blood vessels and the body absorbs them, thereby reducing or, in many cases, eliminating the blemish.
What areas of the body does Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser treat?
This system is safe for use on virtually any part of the body. Special goggles will be provided for treatments near the eyes. Even infants only weeks old can undergo this procedure. It is used to remove rosacea, port wine stains, red acne scars, dark under eye circles, stretch marks, spider veins and other imperfections.
What are the advantages of Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser over other similar treatments?
There are many advantages of using this system. One of the benefits is the dynamic cooling system that virtually eliminates the risk of purpura, which is common with other laser systems.
Who is a candidate for Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser?
Anyone who wishes to remove imperfections of the skin is a good candidate for this procedure.
How is Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser performed?
The procedure is simple. You will arrive at your provider’s office at the time of your appointment. They will then give you special goggles, if you need them. Next, you will either lie or sit while the physician scans the wand over your blemish. In very little time, the laser will have removed the imperfection and you are on with your day.
What is the recovery like?
Recovery time is very minimal. For the first twenty-four hours, an ice pack may be required to control discomfort. You will want to avoid or limit sun exposure for a few weeks. Make sure to apply the appropriate sunscreen if you need to go out. Also do not scrub or use abrasive soaps on the area for a few days.
What will the results be like?
Results will vary depending on the person and the blemish. Often, the imperfection will disappear; however, sometimes it may only fade. Either way, there will be a noticeable difference in the appearance of your skin.
What are the risks?
There are seldom any side effects. Some of the side effects that could occur are a reddening of the skin or local swelling. These side effects usually last no longer than a few hours.
Is Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser FDA approved for use in the U.S.?
The Vbeam is approved by the FDA for treatment of skin blemishes, as well as for treatment of port wine stains on babies.
Is Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser covered by insurance companies?
This procedure is considered cosmetic, and most insurance companies will not cover it. However, if you have a port wine stain or rosacea, it may be covered. Some insurance agencies make exceptions for these cases. If you are in need of assistance, talk to your provider’s billing specialist to see if they offer payment plans or deferred payments.
What types of skin should Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser be used on?
This treatment may not perform well on people with darker skin types. Types IV and V skin should consult with their physician to find a treatment that is suitable for them.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Dermanetwork.org Staff
Updated: July 2, 2010