Pulsed-dye laser skin therapy is one of the fastest growing trends in anti-aging and cosmetic treatment because it shows dramatic results with less discomfort and shorter recovery time than traditional treatments. Millions of men and women have used Pulsed-dye laser skin therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions.
The Newvue Approach to
Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy
We have two dedicated suites in our office with highly skilled estheticians. For Pulsed-dye laser skin therapy, we use the VBeam Perfecta, by Candela, the most advanced pulsed dye laser technology available today.
We chose the VBeam Perfecta because it delivers results more quickly and with less discomfort than competitive models. It is able to deliver more intense pulses of energy to the treatment area without increased discomfort, largely because of its revolutionary “cooling” handpiece.
Who Can Benefit From Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy
Pulsed-dye laser skin therapy is safe and proven for men and women of all ages, and while the face is the most commonly treated area, it can also be used on the neck, chest, hands, arms, legs and back.
Patients with the following conditions may be candidates for Pulsed-dye laser skin therapy:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Sun damage
- Brown pigmentations
- Facial veins
- Leg veins
- Acne marks
- Red birthmarks (including Port Wine Stains)
- Venous lakes
- Red stretch marks
How It Works
Pulsed dye lasers function very much as the name indicates: light (energy) is pulsed through a dyed organic liquid to produce the laser beam. These short but intense pulses of light are specifically tuned to target and destroy the red blood vessels and brown pigments associated with many blemishes, scars and skin conditions. The VBeam Perfecta laser will destroy the pigments and blood vessels being treated without affecting the surrounding tissue.
VBeam Treatments are non-ablative, which means that it does not burn through the skin. Ablative or semi-ablative lasers (often referred to as fractionated lasers or Fraxel) treat skin conditions by using the laser to burn small holes into the affected area and relying on the surrounding skin to promote healing. These procedures are generally indicated for more severe skin conditions, and the downside is greater discomfort and a longer recovery period (generally 7-10 days out of work).
With VBeam Pulsed-dye laser skin therapy, full results generally require 3-6 treatments, spaced one month apart, but most will notice results immediately. Your esthetician will let you know how many treatments will be required based on your initial consultation.
Your Initial Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy Consultation
Your doctor and estheticians will discuss laser resurfacing as part of your skin consultation. Our goal will be to understand your desired outcome and provide you with clear expectations around the details of the treatment and the results you can expect.
Your Newvue team will let you know the approximate duration and number of treatments it will take to achieve your goals based on your skin type, the nature of your skin condition, and the size of the affected area. Your esthetician may advise treating a small test area so that you can better gauge your results before you commit to the full procedure.
Certain skin types, such as deeply tanned or black skin may be noticeably lightened and require 6-9 months to regain normal skin pigmentation. Your esthetician will also advise you of certain conditions that may prevent you from getting VBeam or prevent it from being optimally effective, such as:
- Certain skin disorders
- Candidates taking certain medications
- Patients prone to scarring
- Metal screws in the treatment area
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- Skin trauma
Safety & Risks of Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy
The VBeam Perfecta is FDA approved for all skin types and is considered to be the safest treatment option in this category.
Side effects are minimal and are generally similar to a light sunburn. Patients may feel minimal swelling, itchiness, redness and slight discomfort. Most will subside in a few hours and be gone completely within 1-3 days.
In some cases, patients may experience burns, blistering or bruising. Patients prone to scarring may see minor scarring after the procedure. In very rare cases, laser treatments have been know to trigger dormant infections or viruses.
Prior to Your Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy Procedure
You will want to shave the treatment area a day in advance to minimize any discomfort and you should avoid intense sun exposure or tanning.
Your Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy Procedure
A small area can be treated in minutes, and even large areas rarely take more than an hour. If necessary, the treatment area will be shaved (you can also shave it yourself prior to arrival). The esthetician will provide you with eye protection and your treatment will begin.
Pain is minimal. You will feel a sensation like a small rubber band being snapped against your skin followed by a gentle, warm sensation.
After Your Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy Procedure
Your skin will likely feel slightly swollen and appear somewhat red or pink (much like a sunburn). Your esthetician can provide you with gels or cremes to aid in your recovery, but most symptoms will resolve within 1-3 days, at which point most patients are able to resume normal activities, including wearing makeup. You should avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning and use a sunscreen throughout the duration of your treatment.
Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy Results
Some patients see results immediately, but most conditions require 3-6 treatments. Your results will depend on your skin, the treated area, and the number of treatments. Most patients see a dramatic reduction, if not a complete removal of skin discoloration, though it may take some time (3-9 months) before the skin pigment adjusts to completely match the surrounding area.
5-90 minutes depending on size and condition of treated area
No limitations or restrictions
Possible Side Effects
Burn, blister or bruising