Pulsed dye laser treatment is a safe, comfortable way to improve your complexion and rejuvenate your appearance. With a pulsed dye laser, we can treat spider veins, rosacea, stretch marks, port wine stains and more quickly and conveniently, right in our office.
Patients at our practice love pulsed dye laser treatments because they’re gentle but highly effective. Pulsed dye laser treatments can treat a wide range of skin conditions.
If you would like to reduce these imperfections and achieve better skin, then you’re probably a good candidate for pulsed dye laser treatments. Because the laser treatment is so gentle, the treatment can help infants and children who are suffering from noticeable vascular lesions or port wine stains.
Pulsed dye laser treatments are not recommended for patients with dark skin tones or tanned skin. If you’re considering pulsed dye laser treatments, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with us to determine if you’re a good candidate.
Pulsed dye laser treatments are outpatient treatments that can be completed within one hour. Before treatment, your face will be cleansed and prepared. You and your laser specialist will then put on protective eyewear to filter out harmful light from your line of vision. Using a hand piece, we will deliver bursts of light into targeted areas of your skin.
Most patients experience a warming or tingling sensation during treatment, but it’s not usually painful. The warming sensation will alternate with a cooling mist as the laser is being emitted. The energy is absorbed by the unwanted blood vessels or melanin in your skin (depending on the condition being treated), which damages and breaks apart the pigment. Your body’s healing process is stimulated, which causes the pigment to disappear over time.
The surface area of the skin is left undamaged with the pulsed dye laser, which means that you’ll get back to your routine quickly after treatment. Your skin may feel slightly tender, or you may experience some skin redness or swelling, so you should protect yourself from direct sunlight for a few days. Applying ice to the treated area can help minimize these symptoms.
Most patients notice benefits right away after treatment, but more than one treatment is usually recommended. The number of treatments necessary will depend on what you’re treating. Some vein treatments may consist of 1 to 2 treatments while stretch marks may need 5 to 8 treatments. We’ll come up with an estimate during your consultation. Additional treatments can be performed every 6 to 8 weeks.
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