VBeam laser treatments in Houston at Village Dermatology are a quick, easy way to eliminate unwanted redness.  The VBeam uses pulsed dye laser (PDL) technology to target and eliminate vascular lesions.  This 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.  Cosmetic dermatologists regularly use the VBeam pulsed dye laser device in their practices to help patients improve the appearance of their skin. 

How does it work?
The VBeam pulsed dye laser device utilizes a highly accurate technology to eradicate blood vessels.  When employed, the VBeam 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 VBeam is so precise, the intense burst of light it emits can selectively eliminate the damaged blood vessels — without harming the surrounding skin and tissues.  VBeam is suitable for cosmetically sensitive areas, including the face, neck, and V of the chest.  To ensure the most efficient treatment and optimize results, your laser specialist will adjust the settings of the VBeam device according to the specific condition being treated.

What does VBeam 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. We use 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 can I expect during VBeam Treatment?
VBeam is essentially a pain-free procedure that does not require general anesthesia. As the laser light penetrates the skin, patients typically feel a heating sensation. A single VBeam appointment can last from 15 minutes to 30 min, 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.

After the VBeam Treatment
VBeam 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 few days. A true bruise can and may last up to 14 days. For a few days after V beam, you should avoid excessive exposure to sunlight. In addition, we recommend using SPF 50 sunscreen immediately after the VBeam procedure. If you have a tendency to develop cold sores, please tell your laser technician so that we can prescribe preventive medication.

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).