Vbeam pulsed-dye laser (PDL)
The Vbeam pulsed-dye laser (PDL) delivers rapid, gentle bursts of laser energy that is absorbed by dilated blood vessels in the skin, destroying the pigment while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Before the treatment begins, the laser will be calibrated based on the specific condition being treated. It’s most commonly used to treat rosacea, but it can also treat pigmented scars, spider veins, broken capillaries, birthmarks, hyperpigmentation, newly formed stretch marks, and other forms of red, brown, or purple facial pigmentation.
Duration of treatment: 15 to 30 minutes, depending on treatment area.
Before treatment: Avoid sun exposure 4 to 6 weeks before treatment; take Valtrex 24
hours before treatment (only if prone to herpetic cold sores).
During treatment: Mild discomfort; stinging sensation like a rubber band snap. The
applicator tip delivers cooling spray moments before the laser bursts to enhance comfort.
After treatment: Redness and temporary swelling; may resolve a few hours after treatment or 3 to 5 days if sensitive.
Recovery: None; possibility of bruising. You can typically return to normal activities
immediately. Avoid direct sun exposure for 14 days after treatment.
Results: Progressive. Depending on initial condition of your skin, results may not always be permanent.
Frequency: 3 to 5 sessions, spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart. Touch-up and/or subsequent
sessions may be necessary to maintain results and prevent new pigmentation issues.
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding;
- recent sun exposure within 2 weeks;
- tanned skin (including self-tanners and tanning beds);viral or bacterial infections of any kind;infected
- topical lesions (acne or other);
- taking Accutane within 6 months or any other photosensitizing medications (such as
antibiotics) within 14 days.
Other: It is recommended to schedule an annual maintenance treatment.