Imagine your ideal tropical vacation -- the hot sun beating down on a sandy beach and a cool breeze blowing in from the ocean and through the palm trees, while you lounge on a chair and soak it in.
Now imagine that without the embarrassment of unsightly vascular skin conditions, like broken blood vessels, rosacea or spider veins. That's where the Vbeam laser comes in. It's one of the safest and most effective treatments for vascular skin conditions, and it can make you proud to show some skin at the beach again.
Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald has extensive experience using Vbeam to help people reclaim youthful, beautiful skin.
What Is Vbeam Laser Treatment?
The Vbeam laser is one of the safest and most effective treatments for visible, vascular skin conditions, such as:
- Facial veins
- Red birthmarks
- Venous lakes
- Spider veins
The treatment uses a burst of laser light at a frequency absorbable by your blood vessels, but not your skin, to destroy those unsightly excess veins. The team at Rebecca Fitzgerald Dermatology has extensive experience using the treatment to help people reclaim youthful, beautiful skin.
Here are some pre-and-post-treatment guidelines to help you get the most out of your Vbeam laser procedure.
How Should I Prepare for My Vbeam Treatment?
You can help reduce post-procedure swelling by avoiding alcohol and Aspirin for three days prior to your treatment.
You should also take care to avoid exposure to the sun and tanning beds on the area to be treated for four to six weeks before your procedure. This is because tanned skin can be burned by the Vbeam laser. If you have to expose the treatment area to sunlight, wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or better.
Finally, Vbeam isn't for pregnant women or people who have taken Accutane in the past six months. If you have a history of cold sores or the herpes simplex virus, you shouldn't undergo Vbeam until you've been treated for those conditions.
How Should I Care For My Skin After Treatment?
You should avoid excessive heat for two days post-treatment, including hot tubs, Jacuzzis, saunas and strenuous exercise. The skin-care products you use the first week after treatment should be non-irritating and non-clogging. Avoid using scrubs, toners, glycolic acid, retinoids and bleaching creams.
Sunscreen is also very important. For at least three months after treatment, you should apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or more 20 minutes before you go outside and reapply every two hours after that. Clothing that covers the treatment area or a wide-brimmed hat could also be big assets.
What Can I Expect After My Vbeam Procedure?
You will experience some swelling the morning after treatment. Dr. Fitzgerald will give you cold compresses to mitigate this. Sleeping with your head elevated the night after treatment can also help.
Redness should subside during the hours after treatment, and you can apply makeup immediately to conceal it. You may also have some scabbing over the treatment area, which you should let heal on its own. Any side effects from Vbeam should be minimal and last no longer than a few days after treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Dr. Fitzgerald has used Vbeam laser treatments to help numerous patients get rid of unsightly veins and skin marks. She can help you, too. She serves Beverly Hills, Larchmont, and the greater Los Angeles area. Call (323) 464-8046 today to set up a consultation.