What is it?
The Vbeam Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser system is the most advanced pulsed dye laser technology and our VBeam laser is the current state-of-the-art device from Candela. Laser energy is delivered in pulses into selectively targeted areas of the skin, with the target being haemaglobin, the red protein in blood cells in the blood vessels. The light is absorbed by specific blood vessels in the dermis, depending on the condition being treated. Skin cells that surround the blood vessels are not damaged.
The Candela VBeam laser delivers an intense but gentle burst of yellow light to selectively target areas of the skin. The light is selectively absorbed by blood vessels in the skin.
What Conditions are Amenable to VBeam Laser Treatments?
The list is extensive and includes:
Acne scars – indentations that occur on the skin as a result of severe acne.
Angiomas – small “drops of red” that can appear anywhere on the body and are often more common on the chest.
Birth marks – congenital red birthmarks – hemangiomas and port wine stains.
Broken or enlarged blood vessels – dissipates enlarged or broken veins on the cheeks and around the nose.
Bruising – bruising following the use of fillers for facial enhancement can be significantly reduced if bruising following such an event is treated within 24 – 48 hours.
Poikiloderma of Civatte – reduces redness and discoloration of the neck.
Rosacea – treats diffuse facial redness to reduce flushing
Scars – reduces the redness out of acne scars, traumatic scars or red surgical scars and reduces the thickness of thickened (hypertrophic) scars.
Spider veins on the legs and ankles.
Stretch marks – the redness following the development of red stretch marks can be significantly reduced with the pulse dye laser.
Venous lakes – helps shrink this dark blue vascular lesion usually on the lip, but sometimes on the face or the ear.
Warts – small growths on the skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do Vbeam treatments work?
A. The Vbeam pulsed dye laser system produces an intense but gentle burst of light that selectively destroys the blood vessels of your vascular lesion(s), without damaging the surrounding skin and tissue.
Q. How many Vbeam treatments are recommended for optimal results?
A. Your skin, genetic make-up, lifestyle and personal history are unique. They all contribute to how your skin looks and feels. For most people, maximum results are seen in 3 – 5 sessions that are usually spaced 4 – 6 weeks part. We can develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
Q. How much social downtime is required?
A. The treated area may be pink/red for 4 – 8 hours after treatment. You may also feel a slight stinging sensation in the treatment area during this time. Swelling may also occur for 3 – 5 days. You can apply make-up or lotion to the treatment area immediately post-treatment.
Q. Can Vbeam be used in delicate areas such as neck and chest?
A. Yes! It is safe and effective on delicate skin areas like the neck, chest and hands, in addition to the face. In fact, this laser treatment is so safe it has been used successfully for the treatment of port wine stains in infants and young children.
Q. What are the benefits of Vbeam treatment?
A. Benefits include a reduction of facial veins, rosacea, red spots, scars and wrinkles.
Q. Do Vbeam treatments hurt?
A. Topical anaesthesia may be applied before the procedure to minimise discomfort. The laser system also has a dynamic cooling device (DCD) to help further reduce pain. The DCD prepares the skin for laser treatment by selectively cooling the upper layers with a burst of cryogen milliseconds before the laser pulse. The DCD is also operator technique independent – it will provide the same epidermal protection, no matter how fast the laser is fired. The treatment itself can be compared to a rubber band snapping on your skin, along with a feeling of heat. After the treatment, most patients report a tingling sensation similar to having been sunburnt. This sensation usually disappears after 4 – 8 hours.
Q. What side-effects can I expect and how long will they last?
A. You will have some degree of redness and swelling, but it should resolve within a few hours after treatment. The treated areas may appear darker and can bruise for a short period of time. This is normal and will resolve in a few days.
Q. What precautions should I take after treatment?
A. Wear sunscreen SPF50 or higher and avoid direct sun exposure while you are healing for at least three months after your last treatment. Further protect yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed hat if you expect to be out in the sun.
Q. How long do the effects of Vbeam last?
A. It depends on your particular condition and how you care for your skin. Once your skin is restored, continue to protect it. We will give you specific advice based on your needs.
Cold Sores: If you have a history of cold sores, please ask about our pre-care instructions.
Avoid Sun for 4 -6 Weeks Before Treatment: Tanned skin cannot be treated with the Vbeam device as you increase your risk of a burn on the skin. Please take special care to avoid the sun and tanning beds on the area to be treated for four to six weeks before treatment. It is essential that one wears a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50 on any exposed area at least twice a day, particularly over summer.
Avoid Alcohol for 3 Days Before Treatment and Aspirin-Containing Products (including Omega-3) for two weeks before treatment to reduce the post-procedure swelling.
The intensity and duration of your side-effects depends on the treatment aggressiveness and your individual healing characteristics, but usually can last up to a few days after treatment.
● Swelling: You will notice most of the swelling the first morning following treatment, particularly under the eyes. Swelling usually lasts two to three days. To minimise swelling:
– Apply cold compresses to the treatment area for ten minutes every hour.
– Sleep elevated the first night. Use as many pillows as you can tolerate.
– Commencing antihistamines (Zyrtec, Teldane or Claratyne) may also decrease swelling.
– A short course of Prednisone may well be necessary if felt to be indicated at the time of your treatment.
● Redness: Most redness resolves during the first few hours after treatment, but a rosy “glow” can remain for several weeks. We have a post-laser treatment set of products which you can apply immediately after treatment to minimise redness and also to reduce crusting and scabbing.
● Pain: Paracetamol may be taken to reduce pain, if necessary, but usually this would not be the case.
● Crusting and Scabbing: If a crust or scab develops, allow it to fall off of its own. DO NOT PICK at the area. Keep the area moist until the crust falls off. The use of the post-laser kit following treatment will certainly help this.
After Treatment Skin Care
● Avoid Excessive Heat: For two days post-treatment, avoid partaking in activities that will heat up your skin, such as going in a hot tub, Jacuzzi or sauna, or strenuous exercise.
● Skin Care Products: You may wish to use your own skin care products, but we would strongly suggest that you apply our suggested skincare range to help with your skin. Under no circumstances use any scrubs, toners, glycolic acid, retinoids (Retin-A or retinol) or bleaching creams until your skin has healed.
● Sunscreen: Proper and frequent application of sunscreen is very important. The sunscreen should offer broadband protection (UVA and UVB) and have a sun protection factor of 50 or more. This would be indicated as 50+. Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going outside and again immediately before. After that, re-apply your sunscreen every two hours. If direct sun exposure is necessary, wear a hat and clothing that covers the treated area. Use this regime during the healing period and always.