The Candela VBeam Perfecta is a pulsed dye laser that improves the appearance of skin redness: rosacea, acne, acne scars, cherry angiomas, port wine stains, and broken blood vessels.
VBeam Laser Treatment
Blemishes like port wine stains, rosacea, and spider veins can take away from your natural beauty and make a dent in your self-confidence. But you don’t have to live with these skin imperfections. The Vbeam laser can treat these and many other skin issues, especially those related to blood vessels. Keep reading to learn more about FDA-approved Vbeam laser treatment and what it involves in terms of preparation, recovery, and cost.
What is VBeam?
Vbeam is a pulsed dye laser that uses a concentrated beam of light to target blood vessels in the skin. The yellow light of the Vbeam laser is converted to heat energy in the skin. The heat destroys the offending blood vessels while leaving the surrounding skin intact.
What does VBeam laser treat?
The Vbeam pulsed dye laser can be used on any part of the body. The Vbeam treatment improves the appearance of skin redness: rosacea, acne, acne scars, cherry angiomas, port wine stains, and broken blood vessels. It is especially effective in removing small dilated blood vessels in the skin – commonly called spider veins. Vbeam can also reduce visible signs of aging in the skin, such as large pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. It is also an effective treatment for port-wine stains, acne scars, keloid (raised) scars, and rosacea. Vbeam can be used on leg veins, although they usually respond better to sclerotherapy.
Is Vbeam the same as IPL?
IPL or intense pulsed light treats overall skin redness. The V-beam is a pulsed dye laser (or PDL) and has been proven time and again for the successful treatment of a wide array of vascular, pigmented, and certain non-pigmented lesions, with a low incidence of side effects.
The system uses 595 nm PDL technology to deliver an intense but gentle burst of light into targeted areas of the skin. There it’s absorbed by the blood vessels or melanin pigmented areas, removing the targeted imperfections. Most patients notice results right away, and it’s clinically proven for multiple skin types.
The Vbeam laser is customizable. Different settings on the Vbeam laser device can be used to treat blood vessels of different sizes at different depths.
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Preparation for VBeam
You will be advised to avoid excessive sun exposure and to wear daily sun screen at least 3-4 weeks before your Vbeam laser treatment. Also, you will need to avoid tanning beds in the lead-up to your Vbeam session. This is because tanned skin blocks the laser light, and there is a higher risk of side effects.
For at least 2-3 days and up to 7 days before your Vbeam session, you should discontinue the use of exfoliating products like Retin-A, benzoyl peroxide, and all other retinoid and/or anti-aging products. The night before your appointment you have the option to begin taking oral antihistamines like Claritin or Zyrtec to reduce the risk of swelling. This is also when you should begin taking antiviral medication if you have a history of cold sores.
On the day of your appointment, plan to arrive at the clinic with clean, makeup-free skin. Avoid using any lotions, creams, oils, or fragrances. If there is excessive hair growth on the target area, your provider may recommend shaving before the Vbeam laser treatment.
What to expect with VBeam treatment?
The Vbeam treatment itself takes only a few minutes to complete. It is performed in the outpatient office setting. No anesthesia is needed. You will be given protective eyewear by your provider. They will clean the skin and then apply the laser device to the treatment area.
The laser device produces a cooling spray before applying the laser pulse, so pain is minimal with V-beam treatments. At DCA, we typically do not apply numbing cream before using the V-beam because it may affect your treatment.
Does VBeam laser hurt?
The Vbeam laser is a safe procedure when performed by a licensed professional like the ones at Dermatology Center of Atlanta. Most patients experience a mild discomfort and describe it as a sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin.
The most common side effects of Vbeam are redness and swelling, which usually resolve quickly after the laser session with no specific treatment required. In most patients, the mild bruising clears in 3-10 days. If a crust forms on the skin, avoid picking on it.
Is there any downtime?
As noted, there can be mild bruising and a pinkish hue to the skin for about a week. With more aggressive treatment, there may be blue or purple discoloration, so you should avoid scheduling a Vbeam treatment before any major event. Plan for downtime of 2-3 days to allow the redness and swelling to subside before going out in public. After that, you can go back to work and your normal life with makeup and sunscreen.
Skincare after Vbeam
Skincare after Vbeam laser is pretty straightforward. You should use a good moisturizer 2-3 times a day to protect the skin and speed up healing. Avoid excessive heat and sun exposure, including hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms. Protection with SPF30 sunblock or higher can reduce the risk of pigmentary changes. You can start wearing makeup 1-2 days after your V-beam session.
How long after VBeam treatment do you see results? How long does it last?
You will start to notice an improvement in a blood vessel lesion 4-8 weeks after your Vbeam treatment. There is a progressive improvement with each session. Most patients see a 25-75% improvement with each session.
The number of treatments you will need depends on the size, thickness, and color of the lesion. On average, patients need 3-4 Vbeam treatments. The sessions are spaced 4 weeks apart. Port-wine stains, extensive rosacea, keloid scars, and hemangiomas may require more treatments.
The results of Vbeam skin rejuvenation and redness reduction can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Using sunscreen with at least SPF30 protection can help maintain the results.