What is Vbeam Laser?
Vbeam is a pulsed-dye laser (PDL) and is often referred to as a vascular laser because it is excellent at treating issues related to the body’s network of blood vessels, such as broken capillaries, rosacea, port wine stains, spider veins, strawberry hemangiomas, and poikiloderma. It can also target superficial pigmentation discolorations such as freckles and sunspots, and a variety of other concerns like stretch marks, acne scars, psoriasis, warts, and wrinkles. Vbeam can also be used to speed up the healing of post-treatment bruising caused by other cosmetic or surgical procedures.
How it Works
Vbeam uses a dye to generate different colors of laser beams, which are delivered in pulses. The color of light used is determined by the target. For example, a yellow light is specifically absorbed by blood vessels in the dermis, causing them to collapse without damaging surrounding skin cells. The collapsed vessels are then reabsorbed and eliminated by the body during the natural healing process. The Vbeam laser can be programmed to emit different colors of light to zap different targets, from blotches of redness to dark spots, causing them to break down and get naturally flushed out.
Some patients experience redness or mild swelling in the treated area immediately following treatment. This usually goes away in a few hours. Occasionally purpura, a laser bruise, may occur. Purpura is transient and usually disappears in three to five days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for Vbeam?
Vbeam works very well on pale skin and moderately well on olive skin. It isn’t used on darker skin tones because the transmission of the wavelength is blocked by melanin (pigment) in pigment-rich skin. Vbeam is safe and gentle enough to treat vascular abnormalities on infants.
What is the procedure for being treated with Vbeam?
Your treatment provider will ensure you are as comfortable as possible; most patients are reclined or lying down, depending on the area being treated. Both the patient and the treatment provider will be wearing protective eyewear. When treatment begins, the laser will be calibrated and parameters will be set based on the specific condition being treated. Each condition and each individual is unique, and these settings maximize the results you will see following treatment.
Does Vbeam hurt?
Typically, there is mild to no discomfort associated with Vbeam. Protective eyewear is worn by both you and the provider during this treatment. The Vbeam has a built-in Integrated Dynamic Cooling Device that sprays a cold (cryogen) mist across the skin, eliminating any discomfort beyond a warm, tingling sensation while your treatment provider glides it across your skin.