If you have skin discolorations, V-Beam pulsed dye laser technology may help you improve the imperfections.
Pulsed dye laser (PDL) technology is an innovative non-invasive cosmetic treatment that can effectively address vascular abnormalities and certain pigmented and non-pigmented lesions. Pulsed laser technology is especially well-suited for the treatment of redness associated with acne and rosacea, angiomas (red growths), leg veins, scars and keloids, and brown pigmented lesions (lentigines). At his NYC office, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldenberg regularly uses the V-Beam pulsed dye laser device for his customized laser procedures. As a treatment, it offers precision and flexibility.
The V-Beam pulsed dye laser device utilizes a highly accurate technology to eradicate blood vessels. When employed, the V-Beam laser device emits a concentrated, yet gentle,beam of light energy to the treatment area, which in turn generates heat. When the thermal output reaches the targeted blood vessels, it destroys them. As a result, red pigmentation is reduced. Because the V-Beam is so precise, the intense burst of light it emits can selectively eliminate the damaged blood vessels—without harming the surrounding skin and tissues. V-Beam is suitable for cosmetically sensitive areas, including the face, neck, and V of the chest. To ensure the most efficient treatment and optimize results, Dr. Goldenberg will adjust the settings of the V-Beam device according to the specific condition being treated.
V-Beam is essentially a pain-free procedure and does not require general anesthesia. However, prior to delivering pulses of laser light, Dr. Goldenberg will apply a topical cooling agent (cryogen) to the skin to minimize discomfort. As the laser light penetrates the skin, patients typically feel a heating sensation. A single V-Beam appointment can last from 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the extent of the skin irregularities and the size of the area being treated. More than one session is usually necessary to achieve optimal results.
V-Beam pulsed dye laser treatment is considered safe, presenting few risks and complications. VBeam is non-ablative laser treatment, which means that surface tissue will not be vaporized during the procedure. Because of this, recovery time is minimal and patients often return to their normal activities immediately. Following treatment, most patients experience some tenderness, swelling, bruising and/or redness, which can be concealed with makeup. These minor symptoms generally fade within a day. For a few days after V beam, you should avoid excessive exposure to sunlight. In addition, Dr. Goldenberg recommends using SPF 30-50 sunscreen immediately after the V-Beam procedure. If you have a tendency to develop cold sores, please tell Dr. Goldenberg so that he can prescribe preventive medication.
New York-based Dr. Goldenberg specializes in state-of-the-art laser treatments, including VBeam pulsed dye laser. If you are in the NY area and would like to correct your vascular or pigmentation imperfections, contact us at our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Goldenberg will recommend a personalized treatment plan that can help you achieve your cosmetic objectives.
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