What is a Vbeam® Laser?
Vbeam® is a vascular laser that uses a short pulse of light to treat blood vessels, causing them to diminish in size or completely disappear.
What is it used for?
Vbeam® treats redness of the face, port wine stains, rosacea, telangiectasias (small vessels on the face and legs), angiomas, stretch marks, scars and bruising.
Does it hurt?
Each pulse of the laser feels like a rubber band snapping. Some patients tolerate this quite well, whereas others need topical numbing medication and cool air.
Is there downtime?
The laser usually causes redness and swelling that can last from a few days up to a week. If we are treating larger blood vessels, you can also get bruising that can last up to two weeks.
Are there any restrictions?
You should avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours after treatment, so the body does not try to re-open the blood vessels that we target. It is extremely important that the skin is not exposed to the sun, as this can result in pigment abnormalities.
How many treatments are necessary?
You will need a series of treatments that are performed every four weeks to achieve the desired results. The are a couple reasons why this is necessary:
Your body has numerous blood vessels making a single treatment insufficient to treat all of the vessels.
Your body’s job is to heal itself. With that said, the body will try to repair some of the vessels that are targeted with each treatment. Though it will not be able to heal all of the vessels, some will return and will require additional treatment.
What are the risks or side effects?
The most common side effects are redness, bruising and swelling. Less common side effects and risks include pigment changes (darker or lighter skin) and ulceration overlying a vessel.