What is Vbeam?
Vbeam is a vascular laser treatment used to treat a variety of skin discolorations. It is primarily used to treat rosacea. Vbeam can also be used to treat angiomas (small red birthmarks), facial or spider veins, stretch marks, vascular lesions, port wine stain birthmarks, sun damage on the neck and chest, and some warts, scars and bruises.
How Vbeam Works
Vbeam is a pulsed dye laser that targets hemoglobin, the red protein in blood cells and blood vessels. Pulsed Dye Lasers, or PDLs, target the blood vessels under the skin using a concentrated beam of light. Vbeam uses yellow light in its laser, which is known for its safety and reliability. It tends to work best for targeting discolorations that are red in color due to the way it specifically targets hemoglobin. For this reason, it is the laser of choice to treat rosacea. Most patients find that their skin is tighter and looking better after treatment.
How many Vbeam treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed will depend on the type and severity of your condition. Your dermatologist will be able to tell you about how many treatments it will take for your specific condition. Results always vary slightly by individual.
Rosacea: Initially, 3-5 treatments are required to treat rosacea. Because rosacea is an ongoing condition, 1-2 follow up treatments per year may be necessary.
Facial veins, redness of skin in face, neck or chest: Generally, 2-4 treatments are necessary. One touch up is often necessary after 2-3 years.
Acne scars: Red acne scars usually take 2-4 sessions. Following treatment, redness or purpura (small blood vessels; bruises) may appear on the skin as it heals.
Raised scars or keloids: Generally, 1-3 treatments are needed. There may be slight bruising after treatment.
Red discoloration on neck and chest (non rosacea related): Usually resolved in 1-2 treatments. Vbeam is highly effective in treating this type of problem.
Birthmarks: Birthmarks on the body may require 10+ treatments. Facial birthmarks may require fewer Vbeam treatments. Vbeam treatments for birthmarks occur about 6 weeks apart.
Warts: Vbeam is generally used on warts which have not responded to other treatments. Vbeam effectively treats warts. Follow – up visits are needed only for new warts.
Cherry angiomas: 1 treatment is all that is necessary, most of the time. There may be grey or purple discoloration while the area is healing.
Sun damage: Several Vbeam treatments may be necessary depending on the severity of the sun damage as well as the sun damaged area of the body. During a consultation with a dermatologist, the doctor will discuss an appropriate treatment schedule.
Common Concerns and Questions about Vbeam
Do I need to get Vbeam done at a dermatologist office?
It should always be done by a board certified dermatologist for optimal safety and results. Many mid-level practitioners will only use only preset laser settings when higher energies are often required for optimal results. Higher energies should only be used by qualified board certified dermatologists.
Do I need to do anything before or after treatment?
Be careful about sun exposure. Apply a sunscreen with at least 30+ SPF every day. Your dermatologist may advise you of other recommendations as well, depending on the condition being treated with Vbeam. Different conditions require different settings which affect the skin differently.
Is Vbeam safe?
Yes. It has been in use since the 1980s, and has a great track record.
What does a treatment feel like?
Most patients describe it as a warming or tingling sensation. Vbeam has a built-in cooling method which helps to make treatment to the skin more comfortable, and to aid in the reduction of skin irritation post treatment.
Does it have any side effects?
There can be mild swelling or redness directly after treatment. This will subside within a few hours post-treatment. Sometimes purpura or mild bruising will occur; this is usually gone in 3-5 days.
How long does it take to see results?
Results are usually visible right away. However, every condition and every patient have various outcomes. Most people notice a tightening, or firming of the skin in the treated area.