The Light Beauty was Waiting For
Pulsed Dye-VL Lasers deliver an intense, gentle burst of light into selectively targeted areas of the skin. The light is absorbed in the dermis by hemoglobin, specific blood vessels that are responsible for all forms of abnormal redness. This laser is meant to treat anything that is red and depending on the condition being treated, melanin pigmented areas may respond to the Dye – VL, as well. Since the surface of the skin is left undamaged, Dye – VL Pulsed Dye Laser treatments are safe and usually requires no time for healing after treatment, although some patients may experience slight swelling, puffiness and redness that can last up to a week or more. Factors such as the age, color and type of lesions, as well as the location on the body, all determine whether lesions can be removed.
As a side benefit, when the Dye – VL Pulsed Dye Laser hand-piece discharges light onto the skin surface, heat is produced within the skin’s deeper layers. This heat is effective at stimulating new collagen growth.
What is a Dye – VL Pulsed Dye Laser?
The Dye – VL pulsed dye laser is a device that produces a bright light that is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels, which are destroyed without damaging the surrounding skin.
What kind of conditions can be treated with a Dye – VL Pulsed Dye Laser?
The commonly treated conditions include the following:
- telangiectasias or spider angiomas – single dilated blood vessels
- port wine stains – tend to darken and thicken as the person ages
- hemangiomas – grow rapidly after birth, but usually disappear with time
- Sun damaged skin
- Spider veins
- Stretch marks that are red in coloration
What’s the treatment like?
During the treatment, the nurse will hold a hand piece against the skin and “pulse” the laser. You will wear eye goggles to protect your vision. At the first session, the nurse will probably test your skin reaction to the laser. Other sessions may be longer (up to 30 minutes) in order to treat a larger area. Some lesions (spider angiomas) may require only one or two treatment sessions, while larger lesions (port wine stains) require four to 10 sessions.
Is the treatment painful?
The laser light feels a bit like a rubber band snapping against the skin. There is often a tingling or burning sensation for up to six hours after treatment.
What are the possible side effects?
- Crusting may develop in the first several days and last up to two weeks.
- Some may experience a temporary brown discoloration of the skin for several months.
- When necessary, high setting may be used, a purple discoloration may appear immediately after the treatment. This lasts for seven to 10 days. As this color fades, the treated area may still look red, but will slowly fade to normal skin color over the next few weeks.
What precautions need to be taken before/after treatment?
- Avoid direct exposure to the sun for 3 weeks prior to the treatment. Sunburn and suntan may absorb the laser light and make the treatment less effective.
- Treated skin may also be overly sensitive to the sun and should not be exposed for several weeks to months. A sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater is suggested.
- Avoid aspirin and aspirin-like products for 10-14 days prior to treatment.
- An antibiotic ointment and a bandage may be applied immediately after treatment.