There are no catch-all solutions when it comes to the treatment of acne. Between changes in diet, internal medicine, and topical treatments, you should be able to find a solution that works. Even with all of these things, some peoples’ acne is just too stubborn to be effectively treated. However, vascular laser therapy can help reduce the appearance of long-term pockmarking or scarring. Acne can be frustratingly resilient. The evidence after the fact doesn’t need to be. If you’re thinking about V-beam laser treatment and are curious how the technology works – here’s a brief overview of V-beam lasers and their functions.
Natural Collagen Production and Reduction of Discoloration – V-Beam Laser
V-beam laser treatment will decrease the redness and discoloration within acne scars by closing down the blood vessels. Additionally, it can also induce collagen production in the deeper layers of your skin. Instead of clearing away damaged tissue, the V-beam laser stimulates natural regrowth. Collagen is what gives skin its luster and depth. By encouraging its growth, the appearance of scar tissue can be significantly diminished. Not only can the V-beam be used to treat acne scars, it’s also effective against spider veins, stretch marks, and other scar tissue. However, V-beam treatment is not recommended for all patients.
V-beam Candidacy and Side Effects
The V-beam laser treatment is most effective on lighter skin. Darker skin pigmentation makes it difficult for the laser to penetrate deep enough to cause significant collagen production. Likewise, the effective depth of the laser is about 1.5 millimeters, meaning dark veins far below the surface may be out of range. After treatment, there are a number of things you may notice. In some cases, the treatment area will show signs of hyperpigmentation – increased color even after the bruising from treatment heals. This condition usually resolves itself within six months.
Patient Comfort and Pain Management
One of the biggest questions for patients is how much laser treatments hurt. The V-beam laser is host to what’s called a Dynamic Cooling Device. Before each laser pulse, this device sprays a minute amount of liquid nitrogen on the skin. By hypercooling the surface before each laser burst, we are able to mitigate the burning sensation associated with most lasers. Afterward, the skin will be tender. Many patients relate it to having a mild sunburn. We can also offer topical creams before and after treatment. If you’re having a large area treated, there are anesthetic options available as well. The laser itself causes a mild stinging or rubber band snap sensation. As you may need multiple treatments, we’ll happily work with you to bring that stinging down to a comfortable level.
If you have any questions or concerns about V-beam laser treatment or acne scar treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us. Schedule a consultation to explore different laser and cosmetic options. Everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin – let us help you do just that.