V-beam laser treatment in San Mateo, CA resolves many skin and vein issues
At Allura Skin & Laser Center in San Mateo, CA, Dr. Bruce Maltz and Dr. Carie Chui offer V-beam laser therapy to treat a variety of skin conditions. V-beam is the leading pulsed-dye vascular laser, and our doctors have more than 15 years of experience in treatment.
How San Mateo, CA dermatologists use V-beam laser treatment
The V-beam laser targets vascular tissues. As blood vessels heat up and close, flow is harmlessly rerouted to healthy veins. Over time, treated blood vessels are naturally eliminated.
Dr. Maltz and Dr. Chui may recommend V-beam sessions to improve or correct:
- Blood vessels – tiny dilated veins on the face
- Keloids – abnormal scarring
- Stretch marks
- Vascular birthmarks including port wine stains
What to expect
Allura Skin & Laser Center takes extra steps to ensure your comfort and satisfying results:
- V-beam is most effective on untanned skin, so you must protect it from UV exposure with sunscreen or clothing for a month prior to treatment.
- Medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen should be avoided for a week before treatment if approved by your primary doctor.
- Topical anesthetic may be provided prior to the procedure. However, treatment is generally fast, and most patients tolerate it without numbing.
- V-beam has a built-in comfort mechanism that emits quick burst of cooling spray immediately before each laser pulse. This regulates temperature of surface skin and protects it from heat generated by the laser.
- Ice is applied after treatment and suggested for a few days to minimize swelling.
There is essentially no downtime, but skin may feel warm and look red or blotchy, with minor swelling (most noticeable around the eyes), or possibly bruising. These side effects typically resolve within a week.
The number and timing of V-beam sessions depends on the condition addressed – usually three to five treatments at monthly intervals. Discoloration and veins gradually diminish over the course of several weeks and continue to improve with each session. Since rosacea is a chronic condition, periodic re-treatment is beneficial.