The Vbeam laser is a pulsed dye system that specializes in clearing unwanted blood vessels from the skin. This includes issues such as:
2) Vascular birthmarks (e.g. Port Wine Stains)
3) Spider veins on the face
4) Facial redness
5) Broken capillaries and dilated veins in the face or the legs
11) Veinous lakes
12) red spots
13) Port Wine Stain and related birthmarks
14) pigmented moles
17) spider veins and other forms of thin facial veins
It can also be used for other cosmetic issues such as:
2) Age spots
When used with Levulan ( carbon based chemical lotion), the Vbeam can also provide a mild to moderate resurfacing of the face to exfoliate older skin cells.
How Does The Vbeam Laser Work?
The Vbeam laser uses wavelengths in the range of 585-595nm. This energy is administered as gentle pulses which are absorbed by oxygenated hemoglobin which is how it enters specific blood vessels near the surface of the skin.
Heat from this process will start the process of coagulation. The targeted blood vessel tissue is then rendered useless and nonfunctional as it is gradually broken down by the body in order to remove unwanted capillaries, veins and blood vessels.
The energy of the Vbeam laser can also be used to break down the melanin that make up age spots. It can also get rid of blockages and bacteria that are responsible for chronic acne
Treatment of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin condition which affects 2.2% of the U.S. population. It is marked by patches of redness covered in scaly plaques of a silver color. It is caused by rapid cell turnover in the outer layer known as the epidermis. Normally kerotinocytes which produce a protein known as keratin mature move from the lower layers of the epidermis to the top within a month. In psoriasis patients, this process takes about four days.
The skin is not able to keep up with this rapid rate. Therefore, instead of sloughing the cells, hard plaques form.
Notably, these areas of the skin are fed by blood vessels which perpetuate the cycles that lead to the formation of the psoriasis.
The Vbeam laser can therefore be quite instrumental in the treatment of this skin condition by clearing away the group of vessels which contribute to rapid cell turnover and the buildup of dead tissue.
Treatment of Warts
Warts are bumps which are caused by certain forms of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus infects the top surface of the skin, resulting in rapid growth of cells in this area. Interestingly, tiny blood vessels develop within the bump and continuously sustain it.
Within this picture, the role of the Vbeam laser becomes quite clear and logical in the treatment of warts. The emitted wavelength works to clear away the blood vessels in order to flatten the bump.
VBeam and Skin Texture
Some patients notice that their skin texture becomes smoother and greatly improved. However, this effect is just secondary to the laser’s main role of clearing away blood vessels.
Although laser energy is concentrated, intense light, it becomes heat in the body. This heat will stimulate collagen producing cells in the dermis layer and create softer, firmer, more youthful looking skin.
Number of Vbeam Sessions Needed
Like other forms of laser treatment, the number of sessions will depend on the severity of the condition. But generally speaking, it often takes between 2-4 treatments to start seeing the redness of the skin improve. And 4-6 treatments will typically be needed to complete the process and experience desired outcomes.
Do Vbeam Treatments Hurt?
As a pulsed dye laser, Vbeam emits long pulses or short bursts of energy. This is often the desired mechanism when the objective is to shatter or break up tissue or pigment. Furthermore, this approach is safer than a applying the laser as a continuous stream.
The energy pulses can feel like a snapping rubber band. But medication may help reduce these sensations depending on the patient’s threshold for pain. Generally though, there is no need for numbing cream or other forms of pain management.
Does Vbeam Require Time Off From Work
No downtime is needed after Vbeam treatment sessions
The Vbeam Laser- Los Angeles Patient Photos
To give you an idea of how the Vbeam laser works, here is a real life example.
This Los Angeles patient was experiencing the early signs of Rosacea on his chest. He was concerned that it was getting worse. Dr. Umar was able to use the Vbeam laser to clear away the redness within a single treatment.
Vbeam Laser Services For Los Angeles Patients
If you want to get rid of redness and visible blood vessels, sign up for a free consultation at Fine Touch Dermatology today. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to speak to a board certified dermatologist and learn about a Vbeam laser procedure specific to your needs. Fill out our consultation form at the top of the page. Or call us directly at 877-337-6424