The Vbeam is a Candela laser that uses Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) technology to treat unwanted vessels and redness of the face, neck, and chest. It also treats bright red spots (cherry angiomas) and red scars. Spider veins on the legs do not typically respond with this treatment.
Is it painful?
Most patients describe the feeling of the treatment as similar to a rubber band snapping on their skin. A topical anesthetic may be applied to the area to minimize discomfort.
The Vbeam laser has a cooling system which sprays the skin before each pulse to minimize pain. After the treatment, the skin can feel like a mild sunburn for some patients. This could last around 4 to 8 hours after the treatment session.
How long does it take?
Depending on the treatment area, laser treatments may last anywhere from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. Treating multiple areas could extend the duration of the session. The time will also increase if additional cosmetic treatments are involved.
How do I prepare for the treatment?
To optimize results, avoid getting a tan or sunburn prior to your treatment. Sun protection is recommended before and after all laser treatments. Certain skincare products may be not allowed before and after the treatment.
What to expect during your Vbeam laser consultation
You can raise any concerns and goals during the Vbeam consultation. We will carefully examine your skin, and your medical records will be evaluated.
We will then recommend the most suitable treatment plan. We will discuss the entire treatment plan with you, including the preparation, treatment process, aftercare, cost, and results. We will address all your concerns before scheduling your treatment session.
What should I expect after treatment?
After this laser treatment, some patients can develop bruising of the treated areas. Depending on how aggressively the patient wants the area treated, bruising can last up to 1-2 weeks. We can provide more gentle treatments with minimal bruising. However, more aggressive treatments may yield much better results.
Certain activities will not be allowed for at least 2 days after the Vbeam laser treatment. These include going to saunas, hot tubs, or anything that can apply excess heat to the skin. Specific instructions will be provided, including when the patient can use certain skincare products again.
How many treatments should I undergo?
Depending on the area, 1 to 3 or more treatments may be needed. Angiomas typically respond with only 1 treatment. Redness on the face, neck and chest usually needs at least 2 to 3 treatments for optimal results.
The number of treatments required will also depend on the goals of the patient and the results achieved after each treatment session. The recommendation may be adjusted accordingly.
How much does a Vbeam laser treatment cost?
The cost of a Vbeam laser treatment will depend on the size of the treatment area and the goals of the patient. The number of treatment areas and number of treatment sessions can also affect the overall price.
Is Vbeam covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, insurance companies do not typically cover laser treatments. However, Vbeam treatments are often less expensive than many other laser options. The cost depends on the size of the area being treated and can be determined at the time of the evaluation.
How do I know if Vbeam is right for me?
Vbeam laser treatment is suitable for patients who received good results from other skin laser procedures. Patients with spider veins or skin redness are excellent candidates. Patients with other vascular skin conditions such as scars, angiomas, warts, venous lakes, and red birthmarks are candidates.
We prefer to evaluate each patient prior to scheduling the Vbeam laser treatment. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation or ask your provider during our regular visit if you are a good candidate.