The Vbeam pulse dye laser by Candela has been a gold standard laser treatment for vascular conditions for decades. This incredibly versatile Vbeam lasers treats a remarkable array of skin conditions, from red and brown discoloration to vascular and pigmented lesions to wrinkles and acne and beyond for dramatic skin rejuvenation.
The Vbeam laser is highly adaptable because it was designed to give the physician a range of energy strengths to precisely control it and deliver the exact amount of laser energy needed to tackle a specific problem. Each pulse of the Vbeam contains eight micro pulses within. This enables the laser energy to be directed through the micro pulses for effective targeting of even the smallest of spider veins.
Treatment with the Vbeam laser is fast, safe, effective and comfortable, thanks to a large spot size and a patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD™). The DCD cools the upper layers of the skin using cryogen in the treatment area just milliseconds prior to the laser pulse being emitted. Combined with the Vbeam's advanced micro-pulse technology, the DCD prevents post-treatment bruising and offers patients little to no downtime after treatment.
The full range of conditions the Vbeam laser can treat includes:
- Areas of redness
- Uneven pigmentation
- Sun spots
- Facial and leg veins
- Pigmented lesions
- Port wine stains
- Scars and stretch marks
- Venous lakes
- Benign gynecological vascular lesions
- Other benign cutaneous lesions
The Vbeam Procedure
Most patients are comfortably seated or lying down during the procedure. Protective eyewear will be put into place to ensure the safety of your eyes in the presence of the laser light. Your doctor will individualize all of the settings on the Vbeam to completely customize the treatment to your particular condition.
As a pulsed dye laser, the Vbeam is capable of sending this concentrated light energy directly into the target area without damaging any surrounding tissue. The laser focuses on the blood vessels or pigmented areas that require treatment and is absorbed within them. Since there is little pain associated with use of the Vbeam laser, numbing of the area with an anesthetic is not necessary. However, some physicians prefer to an anesthetic anyway, to ensure the most comfortable experience for their patients. Most patients indicate that all they feel during the treatment is warmth or a slight tingling in the area.
The Vbeam's DCD cooling system also prepares the skin and soothes it to diminish any potential discomfort. It provides protection as well, which helps minimize the side effects often experienced with other laser treatments.
Candidates for Treatment with the Vbeam Laser
The majority of patients with skin problems that respond to laser treatment are good candidates for a Vbeam laser procedure. It is safe and gentle enough to be applied to most types of skin, and has been used safely and successfully on very young children since the 1980s. After assessing your specific condition and goals for treatment, your physician can discuss with you whether a Vbeam laser procedure would be the most effective way to correct the problem.
Vbeam Laser Procedure Results
The results may be noticeable immediately following the procedure, or they make take a little time before becoming visible. This will depend upon what type of issue was being addressed as well as whether it typically responds after only one session of laser treatment.
How long the results last is also dependant upon what condition the Vbeam laser is treating. Some issues are more likely to respond permanently than others. In many cases, the patient's lifestyle choices after the procedure can affect its longevity as well. For instance, if you are undergoing laser treatment to correct sun damage, then fail to use protection when outdoors, the problem will most likely recur despite the treatment.
What are the Side Effects of the Vbeam Laser?
The Vbeam laser is considered to be a very safe form of treatment that is associated with no serious complications. However, there are some minor, short-lived side effects that may occur, including redness or swelling around the treatment area for several hours following the procedure. In some cases, there is bruising as well, which generally resolves within three to five days.