Often times Dermatologist's will call this their "workhorse laser" as it used daily. It is the gold standard vascular laser because it's excellent at treating blood-vessel based lesions such as broken capillaries, spider veins, rosacea, port wine stains, strawberry hemangiomas, and cherry angiomas. The new VBeam Prima device adds a 1064 nm wavelength that treats blue veins, venous lakes, and wrinkles. In addition to helping improve vascular lesions, non-vascular skin concerns such as poikiloderma (photodamaged skin), inflammatory acne, red acne scars, hypertrophic scars, and warts can greatly benefit as well.
The VBeam Prima works by deeply penetrating the skin to reach targeted blood vessels. Its energy is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin to coagulate and clear vessels with more tolerability and fewer instances of melanin absorption. During treatment, the epidermis is protected by Candela’s dynamic cooling method, DCD, which delivers a cooling mist onto 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.
It will take approximately 3-4 treatments every 6 weeks for rosacea and facial redness. Numbing is usually not required. Redness and swelling may occur, lasting anywhere from 4-7 days. Maintenance treatments may be required.