Skin blemishes due to abnormal blood vessels located directly under your skin’s surface that give the skin a red color are called vascular lesions. Port Wine stains, strawberry hemangiomas and spider veins (telangiectasias) are all forms of vascular lesions. Vascular lesions are treated with a Vbeam laser by Dr. DeEtta Gray in her Bellveue office for patients from Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Seattle and throughout the Northwest.
What type of lesions can be treated with the Vbeam laser?
- Facial Veins
- Red Birthmarks
- Hypertrophic Scars
- Leg Veins
Are Vbeam laser treatments safe?
Lasers have been used successfully in hundreds of thousands of treatments. Laser treatments performed properly, by a trained physician, are safe and effective. There are many benefits to laser treatments including little if any pain, no needles, less bruising and swelling and once removed, lesions most likely will not return.
Do Vbeam treatments for skin lesions hurt?
Some patients say they feel a slight sting, like the snap of a rubber band on the skin, followed by the feeling of sunburn. Many treatments do not require anesthetics. However, some patients feel more comfortable with a local numbing agent like ice or an anesthetic cream. For others, a local anesthetic injection may be beneficial.
How many Vbeam treatments are required?
This depends on the size, location, depth and color of your vascular lesion. Spider veins on the face and age spots generally do well with 1 – 2 treatments, while darker or deeper birthmarks may require multiple treatments. Treatments should be placed several weeks apart to allow your body to remove the maximum amount of vascular or pigment cells. You will continue to see a lightening of your lesion after each treatment as your body disposes of the cells.
What results can be expected from Vbeam?
After Dr. Gray performs Vbeam laser treatments, most patients will see improvement. The improvement can be quite dramatic. However, as with any procedure, there is always a possibility that only minor changes will occur and in rare cases there is no response.