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Below are the answers to some commonly asked questions about V-beam laser treatments. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact our staff at the Dermatology Institute of Southern California. Our caring team will be happy to provide further information on V-beam technology.
How do V-beam laser treatments work?
During a V-beam laser treatment, an intense pulse of light will be sent into the skin. The blood vessels below the skin will absorb the light, thus destroying the blood vessels and allowing them to be reabsorbed into the body. The destruction of these blood vessels results in a reduction of the appearance of the targeted skin blemish. V-beam lasers are non-ablative lasers, which means that they are able to deliver an effectively strong beam of light, but will not destroy the surrounding tissue.
What skin conditions can be treated with V-beam?
V-beam can reduce the visible signs of aging on your skin by decreasing fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, and reversing the effects of sun damage, including age spots. It has also proven effective in the treatment of rosacea, spider veins, port wine stains, acne, and scars.
How many treatments will be required?
The number of treatments required will vary from individual to individual, based on the patient’s skin type and the condition that is being treated. Typically, multiple treatments are required. Treatments last about 15 to 20 minutes and can be performed every 6 to 8 weeks.
Are V-beam laser treatments painful?
V-beam treatments are unique because they utilize an Integrated Dynamic Cooling Device, which sprays cryogen onto the skin immediately before the laser pulse reaches the skin. The cryogen cools the outer layers of the skin, thus reducing much of the discomfort typically associated with laser treatments. To further minimize discomfort, a topical anesthetic cream may also be used.
Is the treatment safe? Are there any risks or side effects associated with V-beam?
V-beam laser treatments are extremely safe. The Integrate Dynamic Cooling Device helps reduce associated risks and the occurrence of side effects by cooling the skin before the laser pulse is emitted. Only minor side effects have been associated with the treatment, such as mild redness and swelling around the treatment area. These side effects are uncommon and subside on their own within a few days.
Do I need to follow any pre-treatment or post-treatment instructions?
For 6 weeks before and after your treatment, Dr. Behroozan advises that you avoid exposure to the sun. Between treatments, it is important to use broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen at all times. You can apply lotion and make-up to the targeted area the day after the treatment.
Who should not receive V-beam treatments?
V-beam laser treatments should not be performed on patients with dark skin. Additionally, V-beam should not be used to treat vessels that are deeper than 1.5mm below the skin, as the pulse of light will not penetrate this far.