Pigmented and vascular lesions — purple spots, obvious veins, and more — can be both unsightly and frustrating signs of age. More frustrating is the fact that many treatments are either slow to work and weak, or come with major downtime and risks.
At Wilmington Dermatology, we’re proud to use the Vbeam laser, the gold standard in treating these vascular and pigmented lesions. It’s a proven, FDA Approved solution with no downtime, and our expert staff can use it to treat many blemishes on most parts of the body.
How Does Vbeam Laser Treatment Work?
As with all our cosmetic procedures at Wilmington Dermatology Center, we begin with a free consultation where we discuss your aesthetic goals and options. For instance, we use our PiQo4 laser for tattoo removal, but our Vbeam laser is ideal for discoloration caused by blood vessels. We’ll also discuss how many treatments will best serve your goals and specific treatment areas.
Prior to Treatment
We ask that you protect your skin before treatment, especially from the sun. On the day of your appointment, we’ll cleanse the treatment areas and may apply a topical numbing cream.
We’ll glide the Vbeam handpiece over your skin to gently break up targeted blood vessels beneath the skin. You may experience a slight heat sensation even with the numbing cream, but it’s very tolerable. The whole procedure is very safe and can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes.
After Treatment & Results
While there is some potential for bruising or redness after treatment, the highly targeted nature of the Vbeam laser treatment, combined with the Dynamic Cooling Device™ providing automated cooling to treated areas, ensures that you will have minimal side effects and no meaningful downtime — in some cases, you may have visible irritation for up to two days. You’ll be able to apply makeup the next day.
Some results will be noticeable immediately, while full results will be obvious four to eight weeks after treatment. We often recommend a series of treatments, spaced a few weeks apart, depending on the severity of the discoloration and other factors unique to your skin — each individual treatment will remove a portion of the discoloration. Your results can last years or more with proper skin care.