Laser Treatment for Stretchmarks, Veins, Sun Damage
The VBeam is a popular laser because of all of its indications and its versatility. It is an advanced pulsed dye laser that acts to decrease evidence of age, decrease fine lines and wrinkles and sun damage. The Vbeam uses an intense beam of light, delivered in long pulses, to gently remove unwanted, damaged, or diseased cells without harming the surrounding healthy cells. The light is absorbed by the blood vessels in the dermis. These blood vessels are reabsorbed by the body, allowing for a cleaner, more refreshed appearance.
What lesions do VBEAM treat?
What does the treatment involve?
Most patients are reclined or lying down depending on the area being treated. Both the patient and the doctor will be wearing protective eyewear (usually goggles or metal eye shields for the patient). The laser will then be calibrated and the treatment parameters set based on the condition being treated. You will hear a number of ‘beeping’ sounds while the laser does this. Each condition and each individual is unique, and these settings will be individualized to maximize the results you will see following treatment.
Rarely before definitive treatment is carried out, small areas may be treated at different settings to determine the most suitable power settings and monitor response (‘test patches’). After an evaluation period of 6-8 weeks, the area is then assessed and treatment can be started using the appropriate parameters.
Does the treatment hurt?
The Candela Vbeam Perfecta laser has a special Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD), which delivers a very cold spray to the skin just before the laser pulse is emitted. This helps to minimise the discomfort during treatment, and side effects by protecting the top layers of the skin.
Each treatment pulse feels a little like an elastic band being ‘snapped’ against the skin. You may also feel some warmth. Most people tolerate the treatment without anaesthetic. If you do find the treatment too uncomfortable, then an anaesthetic cream can be used, but needs to be applied to the areas at least 60mins prior to the procedure.
What results should you expect?
Most patients will see improvement in their vascular and pigmented lesions. The improvement can be quite dramatic, although results may vary and may need multiple treatments. Call today to schedule a consultation with one of our providers to see if you are a good candidate for VBeam.
Is the treatment safe?
It is extremely safe. There are no major side effects. Side effects may include bruising, redness and swelling in the treated area. These are very rare and only occur with aggressive treatments and usually do not last more than a few days.
What precautions should be taken before and after treatment with the V-beam?
We recommend avoiding sun-exposure for several days after treatment with the V-beam and using sunblock thereafter. For any specific questions, you may refer to your written aftercare instructions or call our office.
How many treatments will I require?
Response to therapy is dependent upon the initial condition. Patients with facial redness and blood vessels will typically require an average of 2-3 treatments. Patients with port-wine stains may need to be treated on multiple occasions. The average adult may require 6-10 treatments to lighten the port-wine stain. Facial port wine stains usually do best, fading on average, 50%-70% of the initial base colour. Patients being treated for acne scarring and fine lines and wrinkles may need up to 6 treatments.
Are the results of the Vbeam Perfecta laser permanent?
This depends on the condition being treated, and lifestyle of the patient. For example, if you are having redness or broken capillaries treated, but have a strong tendency to flush and blush, or do not avoid flushing triggers, the condition may recur over a period of years. If you are having brown sun spots treated, but continue to spend time in the sun without adequate sun protection, it is likely that your sun spots will return. Talk to the doctor about your goals and expectations of treatment.
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