UNWANTED SKIN PIGMENTATION OR VASCULAR LESIONS?
THE ANSWER: Candela Vbeam Perfecta, the latest in pulsed dye laser (PDL) technology.
WHAT PDL THERAPY IS:
The Candela Vbeam is recognized as the gold standard treatment for removing or minimizing the appearance of vascular and pigmented skin lesions. It also has a rejuvenating effect on the skin.
The VBeam laser delivers an intense but gentle burst of yellow light into selectively targeted areas of the skin. The light is absorbed by specific blood vessels or melanin pigmented areas in the dermis depending on the condition being treated. There are many factors – such as age, skin tone, type and location of the lesions on the body – that will determine whether the lesions can be removed.
PDL THERAPY TREATS:
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A. We want to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible; most patients are reclined or lying down depending on the area being treated. Both the practitioner and the patient will be wearing protective eyewear. When the treatment beings, the laser will be calibrated and parameters will be set based on the specific condition being treated. Each condition and each individual is unique and these settings maximize the results you will see following treatment.
A. The only requirement is that you have a desire to improve the condition of your skin. Most patients who receive cosmetic laser treatment opt for procedures to correct skin condition not out of medical necessity, but because they are interested in improving the appearance of their skin without invasive surgery that would cause downtime away from daily activities.
A. Most patients notice beneficial results right away and oftentimes feel a firming or tightening of the treated area. The results of laser therapy vary depending on the condition being treated and the number of treatments required for clearance.
A. Long lasting results depends on many factors, such as the condition being treated or lifestyle of the patient. For example, if a patient has sun spots removed and continues to spend time in the sun without adequate skin protection, it is likely that the sun spots will return. Talk with our practitioners about your goals and expectations for treatment.
A. Anesthetics are not required, but may be used. The feeling most patients report is a warming or tingling sensation during treatment. The skin being treated is additionally protected by Candela’s dynamic cooling method, DCD, which delivers a cooling mist on to the skin before the laser pulse is emitted. This cooling increases comfort during treatment, as well as protects the skin to minimize slide effects like redness.
A. PDL treatments are safe and have been used successfully since the 1980s for the treatment of port wine stain birthmarks in infants and young children. (During treatment, the epidermis is protected by Candela’s exclusive dynamic cooling method, DCD, which sprays a cooling mist onto the targeted area of skin before each laser pulse, maximizing comfort and protecting the skin during treatment.) The Candela Vbeam Perfecta sets the standard for protecting the skin during the treatment. The Candela Vbeam Perfecta also sets the standard for technology and safety.
Side effects are minimized by splitting each laser pulse into a series of micropulses for maximum effect and maximum safety. Additionally, the Vbeam uses an intuitive touch screen color display with easy to read graphics and clear treatment guidelines.
A. Some patients experience redness or mild swelling in the treated area immediately following treatment. This usually goes away in a few hours. Occasionally purpura, a laser bruise, may occur. Purpura is transient and usually disappears in three to five days.
A. It is recommended that you avoid sun exposure before and throughout treatment to maximize results. A sun block of SPF 30 or greater should be worn daily during this time. Post treatment care guidelines depend on the condition treated, and should be discussed with your provider.
A. Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. Some carriers will however, cover the treatment of disfiguring birthmarks such as hemangiomas or port wine stains. In addition, the treatment of Psoriasis and rosacea may be covered by some insurance comapnices. Please consult your insurance for more details.
A. Cost depends on the size of the area treated as well as the condition being treated. Please talk to your practitioner or the staff for more details on treatment fees.
*For any procedure and service described on this website, individual results may vary and may not be applicable in all cases.