V-Beam is a pulsed dye laser (PDL) device that can be used to reduce skin discoloration treat vascular irregularities, such as broken capillaries, and pigmented and certain non-pigmented lesions. Dr. Gary Goldenberg, a New York board certified cosmetic surgeon and specialist in non-invasive cosmetic treatments, offers VBeam at his NYC office.
How does V-Beam work?
VBeam delivers an intense pulse of light to the dermis, which is absorbed as heat energy by the blood vessels associated with the skin blemish. As a result, these blood vessels are destroyed and, subsequently, eliminated via the body’s own waste removal mechanisms. VBeam lasers are non-ablative, which means that they leave the surface of the skin intact. In addition, the VBeam is a highly precise, ensuring that surrounding tissue is not damaged. This translates to little to no downtime and a lower risk of side effects and complications.
What does V-Beam treat?
Because the VBeam laser emits light wavelengths that are readily absorbed by the color red, it can hone in on damaged blood vessels and remove them. This makes it an extremely effective treatment for clearing up vascular skin conditions that cause redness. Dr. Goldenberg uses VBeam to address a range of skin irregularities, including rosacea, port wine stains, redness resulting from acne, facial and leg veins, scars, and angiomas.VBeam can improve the overall tone and texture of the skin, making it an option for those wishing to reverse the effects of sun damage or rejuvenate the skin.
What happens during a V-Beam treatment?
The non-invasive VBeam treatment is relatively painless and general anesthesia is not needed. With a built-in skin cooling device, the non-invasive VBeam system is designed to optimize patient comfort. To minimize patient discomfort, the VBeam cooling device can spray a topical cooling agent (cryogen) on the skin prior to delivering each pulse of laser light. Patients typically feel a mild heating sensation as the light energy enters the skin. Dr. Goldenberg may apply a topical anesthetic cream, if necessary. A Vbeam session can be done in as little as 15-20 minutes. However, the total treatment time will depend on the condition of the area being treated.
How many treatments are necessary?
The exact number of treatments necessary to achieve optimal results will vary from individual to individual. However, more than one session is usually necessary (typically between 4 and 6, performed every six weeks).
Are there side effects associated with V-Beam?
VBeam is considered safe and poses very few risks. The most common side effects include mild redness and swelling around the treatment area. However, these symptoms tend to be minor and should subside within a matter of days.
Am I a good candidate for V-Beam?
If you are generally healthy and have a skin discoloration or blemishes caused by damaged blood vessels, you may be a good candidate for VBeam. VBeam is not appropriate for individuals with dark skin. If you have a poor blood circulation or diabetes, you should not undergo the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Goldenberg will review your medical history and determine whether VBeam is appropriate for you.
If you are in the NY area and are interested in VBeam laser treatments, contact Dr. Goldenberg at his NYC office.