This document has been prepared to help provide you with information about V-Beam, its risks, and alternative treatments. It is important that you read this information carefully and completely.
® Vbeam Laser Treatment
The ® Vbeam laser uses micro-pulse technology that heats the blood vessels very gently to avoid any bruising of the treated area. The ® Vbeam laser pulses light that is only absorbed by areas discoloured by redness. The selected blood then heats, reducing the size of the blood vessel while simultaneously promoting new collagen production in the deeper layers of tissue, resulting in pigmentation treatment and vein treatment. The ® Vbeam laser is also ideal for treating port wine stains, hemangiomas, telangiectasia, warts, solar keratosis, etc.
NO MAKE-UP! Please make sure the area to be treated is not covered by make-up before coming in for your ® Vbeam laser treatment.
Treatment with the ® Vbeam laser may consist of multiple treatments. For facial vein treatment, one session may be sufficient for clearance but an additional 1 or 2 treatments might be recommended for the best results. These treatments occur on an average of every six weeks. Each individual may respond differently to vein treatments or pigmentation treatment, thus it is best to discuss yours with the physician.
The type of vascular lesion to be treated will determine the number of ® Vbeam laser treatments needed. Red veins respond better than blue veins and the smaller, matting vessels will respond sooner than the vessels up to 1.5mm in size. Port wine stain lesions have more vessels to be treated and require multiple treatments but the number of treatments is unknown in advance.
The DCD (Dynamic Cooling Device), which is built into the ® Vbeam laser system, delivers a short burst or spray of cryogen just prior to the laser pulse being delivered. The DCD has been instrumental in reducing pain associated with treatment, as well as reducing the possibility of blister/scab formation. In some instances, a topical cream anaesthetic or local injection can be used if requested (please notify NoviSkin 24 hours in advance). The feeling of a laser pulse has been described as being snapped by a rubber band or a slight stinging sensation. Following your ® Vbeam laser treatment, the area may continue to sting slightly or feel warm like sunburn.
If a large area is to be treated, anaesthesia may be used. A small test area can be performed before the entire area is treated to evaluate your pain tolerance. Most patients tolerate this procedure without any need for anaesthesia. Applying ice packs post-operatively can alleviate any discomfort experienced during the procedure.