What is Vbeam?
Vbeam is a laser procedure that treats redness caused by rosacea, birth marks, pigmented lesions, facial and spider veins, warts, vascular legions, stretch marks, and acne and other scars.
How does it work?
Vbeam is a pulse dye laser. Pulse dye lasers work by delivering a focused burst of light at a specific wavelength. Different wavelengths can be used to target certain structures within the skin. The V beam laser operates at wavelengths between 585-595nm, which targets the red color of oxygenated hemoglobin in blood vessels. When treated, blood within the skin absorbs the heat of the wavelength, and causes the vessel to collapse. You body will then naturally eliminated the collapsed vessels over time. This allows the Vbeam laser to selectively target the source of redness without causing other damage to the skin.
What kind of results can I expect?
Vbeam treatment is often focused on the face, but may be used on most areas of the skin, including sensitive areas like the hands, neck and chest. It is possible to treat multiple areas of the skin in a single session, and V beam laser can be performed the same day as most other procedures. Vbeam is approved by the FDA to treat:
- Acne Scars
- Facial & Spider Veins
- Leg Veins
- Pigmented Lesions
- Scar Treatment
- Striae (Stretch Marks)
- Vascular Lesions
How many treatments are necessary and how long will the results last?
Your provider will discuss your goals and create a treatment plan to best achieve them. Patients with light redness may be happy with one treatment. For those with more significant redness, or conditions like rosacea, we typically recommend an initial series of three treatments, spaced six weeks apart. The first treatment can result in a noticeable reduction of redness, but three treatments are required to produce durable results with significant redness reduction.
While the individual eliminated vessels will not return, patients who are prone to redness will usually develop new redness over time. Following the initial three-treatment series, many patients opt for maintenance treatment every six months to manage their redness.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Vbeam laser is quick and well tolerated. We provide all patients with eye protection to block the eyes from laser exposure. Your provider will then begin the Vbeam laser treatment. The procedure itself typically takes less than 15 minutes. Patients report a sensation of heat, accompanied by a bright light, and may experience mild discomfort. With each burst of light, a cool spray is emitted to cool and sooth the skin. We often describe the sensation as similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin.
How long does recovery take?
There is no real downtime associated with Vbeam treatment. Pinkness or redness of the treated areas is typical immediately after treatment. Mild swelling may be present for a few days after treatment, but this quickly resolves completely.
Is it safe?
The FDA has approved V beam treatment to safely treat a number of issues related to skin redness. It has an excellent safety profile. Like any surgical or non-surgical procedure, there are risks associated. As a teacher and trainer of other physicians in laser procedures, Dr. Cox stresses the importance of finding an experienced physician who understands the finer points of laser treatment.
Who is a good candidate?
Because redness can be caused by a range of conditions and issues, many patients can benefit. It is especially effective in the treatment of rosacea. The face, neck, chest and hands are the most commonly treated areas, but skin on the arms, legs and the back also respond to treatment. Vbeam can treat all skin types, but those with fair, olive or tan skin often benefit most. We do not typically treat patients with darker skin types, due to risk of hyper-pigmentation. As with any procedure, good candidates are those who understand the procedure and post-treatment care, and have a realistic understanding of the results of the treatment.
Why come to Aesthetic Solutions for treatment?
Since 1994, our team leader Dr. Cox has performed laser treatment almost every single day of her practice. Thanks to her extensive experience, Dr. Cox knows which laser treatments, including VBeam, will produce optimal results for each individual patient in her care. Our Nurse Practitioner Karlee Wagoner, overseen and trained by Dr. Cox, also performs this treatment.
- Dr. Cox has performed thousands of laser procedures over twenty years.
- Today, Dr. Cox trains other physicians in many areas of cosmetic dermatology, including best laser treatment practices.
You can feel confident that Dr. Cox and Karlee Wagoner will provide the best possible results. Call us today at (919) 338 5007 to arrange a consultation.