The V-Beam laser is the gold standard for treating vascular skin conditions. This includes the treatment of rosacea, port wine stains, and broken blood vessels. Dr. Chiu has been using this laser for 10 years: “I couldn’t practice without it!” At The Bellevue Laser & Cosmetic Center, we have the newest version of this laser that allows for increased treatment power with less downtime.
What V-Beam Treats
How It Works
The V-Beam laser utilizes a wavelength that selectively targets your blood vessels, heating them and causing them to collapse. An Integrated Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) emits a short cooling spray just before each laser pulse, making the surface of the skin cooler and more comfortable while protecting the skin from the heat of the laser.
What Can I Expect?
It’s important to not be tan for this procedure (including artificial tans). Anesthesia is usually not used as this may actually constrict the blood vessels, which is your laser target. With each laser pulse, you will feel the cooling spray first followed by a rubber band snapping sensation.
Immediately after the treatment, you will feel like you have a mild sunburn, with some redness and swelling. Depending on the nature of the condition, some bruising is also possible. Ice and a mild topical steroid are applied immediately after treatment and recommended for the first 1-2 days after the procedure. It is also important to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen for the first week after the treatment. Swelling typically worsens around the eyes and upper cheeks over the first day or two and subsides in 3-4 days. We recommend propping your head upright on a couple of pillows when you sleep to help minimize this swelling. Redness and bruising (if present) is usually gone by 1 week. Make-up may be applied immediately after treatment.