Vbeam Laser Treatments for Vascular Skin Lesions
We offer treatment of benign vascular lesions with the Candela Vbeam laser. Some examples of cosmetic skin problems that can be improved with this laser are:
- redness and telangiectasias associated with rosacea
- pink or red scars
- port wine stains
- redness of neck from sun damage (poikiloderma of Civatte)
- small leg veins that did not resolve with sclerotherapy
In addition, we may recommend this laser treatment for stubborn hand and foot warts.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Vbeam Laser
How much does it cost? The cost of cosmetic treatments are based on either square centimeter area or treatment or number of laser pulses per session required. This will be discussed during your evaluation.
How does the laser work? Sclerotherapy is capable of targeting only the small veins that are present at the time of treatment, but does not prevent the development of new veins in a person with that tendency. While there may be a long term disappearance of treated veins, new veins could develop in the susceptible person.
Is it safe? Can anyone get sclerotherapy? The Vbeam pulsed dye laser works by generating a gentle burst of light that is specifically absorbed by the blood vessels in the dermis at the treatment site. The blood vessels coagulate and then are reabsorbed by the body as part of the natural healing process.
Is it painful? The Vbeam has a special epidermal cooling system, which sprays a cool mist onto the skin before each laser pulse, increasing patient’s comfort. Some patients may feel slight discomfort associated with the laser pulse, which has been described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin.
Are there any possible risks or side effects? The Vbeam laser has been in use for many years, and is very popular nationwide because of its consistent safety and minimal side effects. Some patients may have a bruise (purpura), redness, and swelling at the treatment site. These side effects are usually short-lived and resolve within a few days. Permanent side effects such as scarring are rare.
Do I need to do anything before the procedure? It is advised to avoid the sun before the treatment and during any staged treatment. Patients who are tanned or sunburned will need to re-schedule their treatment session. If you have questions about proper sun protection, please ask us at your appointment.
How long does the treatment take? Treatment time varies depending on the size of the treatment area. A small spot may take five minutes, whereas rosacea full facial treatment may take 20 minutes or more.