The Candela® Vbeam is a pulsed-dye laser (PDT) that uses micro-pulses of energy to treat a wide variety of vascular issues. Sometimes called a “vascular laser,” the Vbeam uses dye to generate different colors of light that are delivered in bursts. This colored light is absorbed by specific blood vessels or pigmented areas in the dermis, causing them to break down and become absorbed by the body.
Because the Vbeam is so versatile, it can act as a welcome partner with other treatments (aiding in recovery time), or can function as a powerful treatment in its own right. It’s particularly useful for large areas of discoloration, from port wine stains and dilated blood vessels, to age spots. The Vbeam is best used on patients who have pale or olive skin tones.
What to Expect
Length Of Procedure
Like many procedures, the area of treatment determines the length of time. Small areas can be treated in 5 minutes, whereas larger areas can be treated in 20 minutes.
Immediately after treatment, the skin may appear red, as if the patient is flushed. This can be easily covered up with makeup before leaving the office. Depending on the patient, it may take up to 2 weeks to see results.
There is no downtime after the Vbeam, and makeup or sunblock can be worn immediately after the procedure. Some patients experience redness, mild swelling, or discoloration in the treated area lasting up to a few days, but nothing that should interfere with their routine. Talk to your doctor about what aftercare will give you the best results.
Number of Treatments
While permanent results may be achieved after a single treatment, most cases necessitate several treatments for an optimal outcome. Lifestyle changes can help maintain these results. For example, sun spots will return if the patient continues to spend time in the sun without the appropriate protection. Talk with your dermatologist about your goals and expectations for treatment.
Our Doctors Say…
“Facial redness is a very common complaint we see, from rosacea to acne. The Vbeam is one of the most state-of-the-art machines we have for this issue.”
–Dr. Kenneth Howe
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