V-Beam is a pulsed dye laser that uses micro-pulse technology to improve red and brown discolorations on the skin. It targets the red or brown pigment and causes the blood vessels to absorb the laser light.
Gentle enough for use on infants and people with darker skin tones, most patients need three to five treatments on a monthly basis for optimal results. No downtime is required after V-Beam.
Among the conditions that the V-Beam laser improves are:
- Rosacea / facial redness
- Broken blood vessels / broken capillaries / spider veins
- Port wine stains
- Brown spots / age spots / sun spots
At Dermatology Medical Group of San Francisco, all consultations and treatments, including V-Beam, are done by our physicians. They have been thoroughly trained in the operation of this laser device and how it improves the appearance of your skin.
We are very particular about the treatments we offer, studying each to determine if a particular product or technique is worthy of our patients. It is important to us that we can stand by every treatment and recommend it with confidence. Then, we make sure that we receive the training required to provide excellent results. This includes follow-up training, as needed.
A thorough examination and detailed medical history will determine if you are a good candidate for V-Beam or if a different laser device or different treatment would work best for you.
The effects of V-Beam laser treatment are permanent. Rosacea, broken capillaries, and spider veins can recur, however. Taking great care of your skin and avoiding sun exposure can help to avoid new facial redness. For spider veins on the legs, we recommend Sclerotherapy.
The V-Beam Treatment
After cleansing your skin and applying a cooling cryogen spray, our physician will pass a handheld device over the areas to be treated. The treatment lasts about a half hour and is painless.
Recovering from V-Beam
You may experience some slight swelling, bruising, and increased redness for a few days, but you can continue with all activities immediately after your V-Beam treatment. Makeup can be used to cover any discoloration, and cold compresses can reduce swelling. In a few cases, peeling may occur for a few days.
After your treatment, your skin will be softer, smoother, brighter, and with less facial redness than before.
We will instruct you how to care for your skin after your treatment. Lasers make your skin more vulnerable to sunburn, so you must always wear sunscreen when outdoors.
Is V-Beam right for me?
One of our board-certified dermatologists will consult with you in person to identify your skin care concerns and ensure you are a good candidate for this laser procedure.
What can I expect during and after V-Beam treatment?
When you arrive for your appointment, our friendly team will welcome you and ensure you feel comfortable. You and your provider will need to wear protective eyewear during the treatment to shield your eyes from the laser light.
The V-Beam device is highly customizable, depending on your skin’s unique needs and the conditions you want to address. While V-Beam is not painful, our patients often report a tingling or snapping sensation during the treatment. Skin receives additional protection through the patented Dynamic Cooling Device, which sprays a soothing mist onto the targeted area between laser pulses to increase comfort.
After a V-Beam session, your skin may look and feel mildly sunburned, including redness and sensitivity. These side effects should resolve on their own after a few hours, and you can minimize them by using aloe or applying cold compresses.
How many treatments will I need?
Many of our patients notice an immediate improvement. However, based on your goals, we may recommend a series of appointments spaced a couple of weeks apart to achieve maximum results. Once you have achieved your ideal appearance, you can maintain it with periodic touch-up sessions.
Does V-Beam require any aftercare or activity restrictions?
No downtime is necessary with V-Beam. For the first two days after treatment, you should avoid saunas, hot tubs, or anything else that causes excessive heat. For two weeks following your procedure, use only gentle, non-comedic cleansers, moisturizers, and serums. Harsh skin care products that exfoliate your skin or contain ingredients like retinol or alcohol might adversely affect your results.
It’s also crucial to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every time you go outside for at least three months after your treatment. Put it on 20 minutes before you leave the house, then reapply it every two hours. A broad-brimmed hat can provide additional protection from damaging UV rays.
Will my results be permanent?
While the V-Beam laser can noticeably improve your skin’s quality and tone, you should still be diligent about maintaining a consistent routine of cleansing, moisturizing, and using sunscreen. If you smoke, eat an unhealthy diet, or spend time outdoors without sunblock, you will further damage your skin.
How much does V-Beam cost in San Francisco?
The total price tag for your V-Beam treatments will depend on how many sessions you need to achieve your desired results. We will give you an accurate price quote in your consultation, so you know what to expect.
Do you think V-Beam might be right for you? Call us today for an appointment.