Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a Pulsed Dye Laser?
Pulsed Dye Lasers deliver an intense but gentle burst of light into selectively targeted areas of the skin. The light is absorbed by specific blood vessels or melanin pigmented areas in the dermis depending on the condition being treated. 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.
What is the procedure for being treated with Pulse Dye Laser?
Your practitioner will ensure you are as comfortable as possible; most patients are reclined or lying down depending on the area being treated. Both the patient and the practitioner will be wearing protective eye wear. When treatment begins, the laser will be calibrated and parameters will be set based on the specific condition being treated, each condition and each individual is unique and these settings maximize the results you will see following treatment.
Are there any requirements for treatment - how do I know if I qualify for
The only requirement is that you have a desire to improve the condition of you skin. Most patients who revive cosmetic laser treatments opt for procedures to correct skin conditions not out of medical necessity. but because they are interested in improving the appearance of their skin without invasive surgery that would cause downtime away from daily activities. From total facial rejuvenation which involves the reduction and removal of red and brown lesions with a general firming of the skin, to the removal of sun-spot damage, patients should discuss with their practitioner which treatments are right for them.
Does it hurt?
No anesthetics are required but they may be used. The feeling most patients report is a warming or tingling sensation during treatment. The skin being treated is additionally protected by Candela's dynamic cooling method, DCD, which delivers a cooling mist on the skin before the laser pulse is emitted. This cooling mist increases comfort during treatment, as well as protects the skin to minimize side effects like redness.
Is PDL Treatment safe?
Yes. In fact, treatment is so safe that it has been successfully used since the 1980's for the treatment of port wine stain birthmarks in infants and young children. During treatment the epidermis is protected by Candela's exclusive dynamic cooling method, DCD, which sprays a cooling mist onto the targeted area of skin before each laser pulse, maximizing comfort and protecting the skin during treatment.
Are the results of Pulse Dye Laser Treatment Permanent?
Permanency of results depend on many factors, like the condition being treated, or lifestyle of the patient. For example, if a patient has sun spots removed and continues to spend time in the sun without adequate skin protection, it is likely that the sun spots will return. Talk with your practitioner about your goals and expectations for treatment.
How soon will I see results of my treatment?
Most patients notice beneficial results right away, and often times feel a firming or tightening of the treated are. The results of laser therapy vary depending on the condition that is being treated and the number of treatments required for clearance.
What are the Side Effects of Treatment?
Some patients experience redness or mild swelling in the treated are immediately following treatment, this usually goes away in a few hours. Occasionally purport, a laser bruise, may occur. Purport is transient and usually disappears in three to five days.
Are there any special precautions I need to take before or after
It is recommended to avoid sun exposure before and throughout treatment to maximize results. A sunblock of SPF 30 or higher should be won daily during this time. Post treatment care guidelines depend on the condition treated, and should be discussed with your practitioner.
Is Pulse Dye Laser Treatment covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic aesthetic procedures. Our office is unable to bill insurance for this procedure.
How much does Pulse Dye Laser Treatment cost?
Cost depends on the size of the area being treated as well as the condition being treated. Call the office to set up a consultation to learn more about treatment fees.
See what our patients are saying about Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser:
❝I left feeling that maybe I was sun burned. No discomfort whatsoever❞
❝I would refer one of my friends to have it done.❞
❝I was nervous during my first treatment of sunspots on my chest because I wasn't sure what to expect, it was over before I knew it and didn't feel a thing❞