This laser is used to treat :
- Telangiectasias (broken blood vessels)
- Port wine stains
- Stretch marks (striae)
- Brown spots (lentigines)
The Candela V-beam produces an intense but gentle burst of light that selectively destroys the blood vessels of your spider veins, without damaging the surrounding tissue. After laser treatment the surrounding tissue is left intact. For the treatment of facial spider veins we generally recommend a total of 3-5 treatments each a month apart. However, the type of vascular lesion to be treated will determine the number of treatments needed. The red veins respond better than blue veins and the smaller, matting vessels will respond sooner than the vessels up to 1.5mm in size. Port wine stain lesions have more vessels to be treated and may require multiple treatments.
How does the Vbeam help improve the look of scars and stretch marks?
There is no current method or therapy that will completely remove scars or stretch marks. The Vbeam laser can improve the look and feel of most scars and stretch marks. It does this by stimulating collagen production in the deep layers of your skin, and helps to reduce the red/purple color in scaring. Multiple treatments are usually necessary to achieve improvement; the amount of improvement depends on the size and severity of the scar or stretch mark. Most patients notice improvement 4-6 weeks after their first treatment
How Does the Vbeam help improve acne?
Using laser can help to control acne breakouts. It uses gentle bursts of heat to reduce the amount of oil or sebum produced by the oil glands. The heat will also help to destroy bacteria that cause acne and inflammation. Vbeam will also help to improve redness in acne scars. There is minimal to no downtime after acne treatment with this laser. Most people will require a series of treatments based 2-4 weeks apart to see best results.
How does the Vbeam help improve the look of brown spots?
The V-beam laser targets the melanin in the brown spot without damaging surrounding skin, making this one of the safest and most effective way to eradicate sun spots and discolored brown patches. Spots will likely become darker and may possibly bruise during the healing process. We recommend 1-2 treatments in most cases.
Are there any reasons that would not make me a candidate for V-beam therapy?
The Candela V-beam is not recommended for patients with darker skin. Because of the increase in skin pigment the laser will be less effective on damaging the blood vessels of the spider veins or other vascular lesions to be treated. The depth of penetration of the Candela V-beam is limited to vessels about 1.5mm in depth. Therefore, vessels deeper than this may not respond to the therapy. Additionally, blue vessels may not respond as well as red ones.
What to expect?
Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment with this laser. The feeling of a laser pulse has been described as being snapped by a rubber band or a slight stinging sensation. Following laser treatment, the area may continue to sting slightly or feel warm like sunburn. You may also experience mild bruising, discoloration, and/or swelling in the areas treated by the laser for a week. To minimize down time please ask us about our make up to help cover any bruising or discoloration.