What is Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser?
The Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser is a machine that has been the gold standard for correcting blemishes for more than 15 years. It emits a laser that works directly on the source of your imperfection. It also has special features to ensure a more comfortable experience.
How does this laser system work?
The wand of the Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser a cooling system just before a flash of light is emitted. This flash of light is absorbed by the darker pigment of the blemish that is being treated. The heat from the light then coagulates the blood vessels in the vascular lesion. This causes them to break down and be absorbed by the body. With the blood vessels not being close to the surface of the skin, the pigment of the imperfection disappears.
What parts of the body can the Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser treat?
The pulse laser of the Vbeam system is so gentle that it can be used on any part of the body. When treatment is near the eyes, special goggles are worn to protect your retinas. This safe procedure can also be used on babies that are only a few weeks old.
What makes Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser better than similar treatments?
There are many advantages of using this particular treatment. One of them is the dynamic cooling system. This system practically eliminates any chance of blistering or purpura forming.
Who should consider Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser?
Anyone who would benefit from the added self-confidence that is to be had by removing unwanted imperfections.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is fairly straightforward. First, you will want to make sure that there is no hair or make-up on the area that is to be treated, since they can affect the performance of the laser. In the case of make-up, it could cause mild burns. After that, you will simply lie or sit in the provider’s office as she or he directs the wand at areas of your blemish. Once the laser has coagulated the blood vessels you are on with the rest of your day.
What can I expect of the recovery?
Recovery time is short, and the majority of people returning to their daily activities immediately. Do not use scrubs or abrasive soaps on the treated area for a few days after your treatment. Also, limit your exposure to the sun and wear sunscreen when outdoors. Sometimes an ice pack is needed for up to twenty-four hours after the procedure to ease discomfort.
When will I see results?
Results will vary. Sometimes the treatment will be virtually permanent; other patients may have to make schedule maintenance sessions. Usually the blemish disappears. In cases of stubborn or extreme reddening, the imperfection may only fade, but it will still be a remarkable difference.
Are there any risks?
Aside from minor side effects there are no risks. The side effects may include swelling at the site or redness of the treated area. Both are temporary and will disappear in a few hours.
Is Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser FDA Approved?
Yes, Vbeam lasers have been approved by the FDA for 30 years and the Pulsed Dye Laser is among those approved for use in the United States.
Will insurance cover the Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser?
In most cases, since the Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by private insurance. In the case of port wine stain or rosacea, talk to your insurance provider. Some insurance companies do cover treatments in these cases. If you are interested in payment plans or deferred payment options, speak with the billing specialist in your provider’s office.
What types of skin does Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser work well for?
This treatment works only for light skin, including types I, II, and III. If you have dark skin, please talk to your surgeon to see which treatment will work best for you.
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 Anti-Aging.org Staff
Updated: July 2, 2010