Q: What does the V-Beam do?
A: The laser sends an energy beam to the skin. That is absorbed by the superficial blood vessels in the skin. V-beam is a non-ablative laser which means it delivers the light energy to its target-the blood vessel, but leaves the surrounding tissue unharmed. Once the light energy is absorbed by the blood vessel it is then destroyed and reabsorbed by the body. The visible blood vessels or redness disappear.
Q: What can V-beam treat?
A: V-beam can successfully treat rosacea, spider veins, port wine stains, red scars. It can help with fine lines and sun damage.
Q: How long will it take?
A: Depending on the size of the treated area each session usually lasts 10-20 minutes and can be repeated monthly.
Q: How much does it hurt?
A: The V-Beam laser utilizes an internal coolant that first sprays and cools the skin to minimizes pain. The laser pulse itself is very fast. This combination significantly eases the discomfort with treatment. In addition topical anesthetic creams can reduce the discomfort.
Q: What can I expect?
A: It is normal to experience some redness and swelling in the treated area for several days. At times there can be bruising that resolves within a few days. Most patients do not experience any discomfort following the procedure.
Q: Do I need to follow any pre-treatment or post-treatment instructions?
A: For 6 weeks before and after your treatment, Dr. Orloff advises that you avoid exposure to the sun. Between treatments, it is important to use broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen at all times. You can apply lotion and make-up to the targeted area the day after the treatment.
Q: Who should not receive V-Beam Laser Treatments?
A: V-Beam Laser Treatments should not be performed on patients with dark skin. Additionally, V-Beam should not be used to treat vessels that are deeper than 1.5mm below the skin, as the pulse of light will not penetrate this far.