Dr. Michalak is proud to offer the VBeam Laser in his Issaquah practice as one of the latest advances in the area of gentle, non-wounding light treatment of the skin. It is a state-of-the-art advancement of a technology that has been tested and used safely on patients for many years to treat a variety of skin conditions.
What skin conditions can the V-Beam laser treat?
- Facial veins
- Leg veins
- Crow’s feet and other facial wrinkles
- Red birthmarks such as hemangiomas and port wine stains
- Poikiloderma of Civatte (uneven coloring of the neck)
- Venous lakes
- Stretch marks
- Dark circles under the eyes
How does the V-Beam laser work?
The laser delivers an intense but gentle burst of yellow light to the skin. The light is specifically absorbed by the blood vessels in the dermis. These blood vessels are coagulated and then reabsorbed by the body during the natural healing process.
What will the treatment consist of?
During treatment, you will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. The physician will then apply a hand piece to the treatment area to deliver the laser energy. A spray of cooling mist will be felt prior to each laser pulse.
Is the VBeam laser treatment safe?
Yes. In fact, V-Beam laser treatment is so safe that it has been used successfully for the treatment of port wine stains in infants and young children. The epidermis is protected during the treatment by the V-Beam’s unique dynamic cooling method, DCD, which sprays a cooling mist onto the skin before each laser pulse, increasing the patient’s comfort.
Is VBeam treatment painful?
Some patients may feel a slight discomfort associated with the laser pulse. This feeling has been described by patients as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. The Dynamic Cooling Device minimizes this discomfort. In addition, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment for some patients.
Can I expect any side effects from the treatment?
Side effects may include purpura (a laser bruise), redness, and swelling in the treated area. These are transient and usually do not last more than a few hours or days. Permanent side effects such as scarring are rare.
What precautions should be taken before and after the VBeam laser treatment?
It is recommended that you avoid sun exposure before and throughout the course of the treatment. A sun block (SPF 30 or above) should be used. The post-treatment care needed depends on what lesion was treated.
Are the procedures covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Some carriers will, however, cover the treatment of disfiguring birthmarks such as hemangiomas or port wine stains. In addition, some insurance companies may cover the treatment of psoriasis and rosacea. Please consult your insurance carrier for more details.
Please contact Dr. Michalak’s Seattle-area office to see if the V-Beam laser is the right treatment for your skin. Please dial 425-391-2500 extension 7 for Genie, our cosmetic patient coordinator.