The V-Beam Perfecta® Laser
The V-Beam® laser is a safe, gentle, and the gold standard for treating blood vessels, spider veins, facial redness, Rosacea, and birthmarks such as Port Wine Stains. The laser delivers bursts of light to its targets on the surface of the skin but leaves the surrounding skin unharmed. A cool cryogen spray (DCD) accompanies the laser pulse, protecting the skin and making the treatment comfortable.
V-Beam® is the Gold Standard Treatment for:
- Blood Vessels
- Spider Veins
- Facial Redness
- Birthmarks such as Port Wine Stains
How Does the V-Beam® Laser Work
The laser uses the most advanced pulse dye technology to deliver a short burst of energy into the skin. This energy is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin in the blood vessel and converted to heat, resulting in damage to the blood vessel. The body’s natural immune system is responsible for cleaning up and removing the unwanted blood vessels.
V-Beam® Laser Before & After
What Conditions Can Be Treated with the V-Beam Laser?
Facial and nasal spider vessels are typically the result of genetics, sun exposure or an after-effect of acne or rosacea. These tiny broken veins in the face cause a persistent flushed looked and have the visual effect of aging the face. They are worsened by heat, alcohol, tobacco, and sun. Skin that is prone to these broken vessels should be treated gently and cared for with mild products. Sunscreens and hats will afford a level of protection that will help maintain your cleared skin during and after treatment.
Rosacea is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder of the facial skin. It typically begins any time after age 30, as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead. It may come and go. Over time, the skin becomes ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. The V-Beam® has been proven to substantially reduce and often eliminate the redness and flushing of rosacea. Another procedure that is very useful in rosacea treatment is called the Photo Facial, which uses an Intense Pulsed Light. These IPL treatments and V-Beam® laser treatments are commonly used together in a rosacea treatment program for their additive effects.
Red Acne Scars
The red color remaining from acne inflammation is a result of new blood vessels. This redness is more common to newer acne scars and is hard to conceal, making the evidence of acne more pronounced, even after it has healed. Lasers, which target these vessels, cause the small vessels to coagulate and be reabsorbed by the body. This effectively removes the redness. The V-Beam® laser is often used in combination with other lasers which smooth out the acne scars, such as the COOLPEEL CO2FRACTIONAL ABLATIVE LASER.
Port Wine Stains
The red color remaining from acne inflammation Port Wine Stains (PWS) are a type of birthmark characterized by dilated capillaries under the skin causing a large red or pink mark. Most of these birthmarks do not pose a serious medical concern but some can be related to an underlying medical condition. Many PWS start out looking pink but over time, the color can deepen to a reddish-purple hue. PWS are often found on the face, scalp, neck, back, arms and legs but they can occur anywhere on the body. The V-Beam® laser is recognized world-wide as the gold standard to treat Port Wine Stain. Several treatments are required to achieve clearance.
These are small, unsightly, benign red clumps of blood vessels that occur anywhere on the body can be safely and effectively treated with the V-Beam® laser.
Raised or puffy scars that are often caused by surgery, trauma, acne, or burns are well-treated by V-Beam® laser especially when combined with other therapies.
Red Stretch Marks
Frequently appearing after pregnancy or periods of rapid weight gain and loss, are commonly found on the stomach, thighs, buttocks, breasts, shoulders, and lower back, stretch marks can leave red, or purple marks. The V-Beam® laser works to correct the red color changes associated with the stretch marks.
Sun Spots / Age Spots
Brown discoloration spots on the skin can be treated with the V-Beam® laser effectively and great results are often achieved with combining it with other light-based technologies, IPL and CoolPeel, as well as medical grade topical whitening products.
V-Beam® Laser Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MUCH DOES THE V-Beam® LASER TREATMENT COST?
At TWC, we price our laser treatments by the size of the area treated and complexity of the treatment. Typically, the price of an individual session for the face, chest, or legs is around $200-600. We do offer package discounted pricing when multiple sessions are purchased at the same time. Your complimentary consultation will include a detailed price quote for your specific treatment plan.
DOES THE TREATMENT HURT, AND IS THERE DOWNTIME?
The V-Beam® laser treatment is quite comfortable, and no topical anesthetic is required. Prior to each laser pulse the skin is protected with a cold cryogen spray. Most patients will experience a small amount of redness and swelling in the skin for about 24-48 hours after the treatment. On occasion, bruising may occur if the blood vessel is disrupted. You may resume your regular activities 48 hours after the treatment and usually makeup can be applied 24 hours after your treatment. Daily sun block protection is strongly recommended to protect your skin.
HOW IS THE V-BEAM TREATMENT PERFORMED?
It is important that the area being treated is not tan prior to the procedure. It’s a good idea to avoid sun tanning or self-tanning products at least two weeks before treatment. The V-Beam® laser treatment takes approximately 5-20 minutes depending on the area treated. Prior to treatment, the skin is cleansed to remove any oil or makeup which can interfere with the laser energy. For this reason, it is best to come with no makeup on the treatment area. The eyes are covered with goggles for protection. When the treatment is delivered, a cooling spray is delivered at the same time as the pulse of energy to cool the surface of the skin. The sensation of the treatment is that of light rubber band snaps on the skin.
HOW MANY V-BEAM TREATMENTS WILL I NEED AND AT WHAT INTERVALS?
Most patients undergo a series of three to four treatments spaced approximately one month apart. Depending on the nature of the condition being treated, you may require additional treatments and longer treatment intervals. Some blood vessels may need to be treated several times, as the body’s immune response will attempt to re-open these vessels. Certain conditions, such as Rosacea, will require ongoing maintenance treatments to achieve optimal outcomes.
WHAT ARE THE PRECARE & POST CARE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR V-BEAM?
Prior to the treatment it is important to avoid exposure to the sun, bronzing topicals and tanning of the areas that are to be treated for at least two weeks. Immediately following the treatment, most individuals report an experience like a sunburn. The area may be slightly swollen, sensitive, and warm. Cool compresses are helpful to reduce the swelling and any discomfort for 24 hours. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory (NSAID’s) medications are blood thinners and could cause bleeding in the treatment areas and should be avoided for seven days prior and three days after your treatment. To avoid skin color changes after your treatment it is best to avoid sun exposure for at least one week and daily SPF40 is recommended for protection. Please let Dr. Hernberg know if you have a history of cold sores or have ever had an adverse reaction to light or laser treatments in the past.
CAN THE V-BEAM® LASER BE COMBINED WITH OTHER THERAPIES?
One popular technique is providing a series of treatments that alternate between IPL therapy (Photo Facial) and the V-Beam® laser. Each technology has its own attributes, and when used in combination, may further enhance the results. The V-Beam® laser may be used in combination with the CoolPeel, BOTOX® COSMETIC and dermal fillers.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE V-BEAM® LASER AND IPL TREATMENTS?
Both devices are light based treatments used to treat a variety of skin conditions targeting primarily red vessels or brown spots. The IPL (Intense Pulse Light) is also known as a Photo Facial treatment because the device emits several wavelengths at once enabling it to target red vessels and brown spots, as well as improve the texture of the skin. The V-Beam® laser emits a single, more powerful, wavelength of light and targets only one skin condition at a time. This more powerful burst of light is more effective at treating a specific skin condition.
ARE V-BEAM® RESULTS PERMANENT?
Yes, V-BEAM® results are permanent – but your body from may produce new redness- broken capillaries from sun damage, and Rosacea. Follow up or maintenance treatments may be helpful in achieving optimal results.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF V-BEAM?
Like all medical procedures there are potential side effects. The V-BEAM® has been used for over 20 years including treating Port Wine Stains in infants and has a great safety record. The Dynamic Cooling Cryogen Spray goes along way to enhancing comfort and protecting the skin. It is common to experience redness after the treatment. Occasionally, a laser bruise called purpura may occur and dissipates in 3 to 14 days. Crusting of dark spots may also occur and fade over 7 to 14 days. More serious post procedure adverse events include blisters and skin color changes are possible, especially if the Pre & Post Care instructions are not followed.
Meet Dr. Hernberg
Over 13 years ago, Dr. Scott Hernberg, founded Tomorrow’s Wellness Center in Northfield, NJ. Located in the Atlantic City Area, Dr. Scott turned his energy and passion from being a leader in Peri-Operative Medicine to creating a holistic, technologically advanced wellness center that helps individuals feel well and look their best.