VBeam Laser for Acne/Scars
The Candela Vbeam offers another option in acne and acne scar reduction without the pain of injections or down time of more aggressive treatments. By using low energy, the Vbeam gently heats below the skin’s surface leading to the production of new healthy collagen, decreased redness and less bacteria over time. The result is a gradual clearing of acne red marks, existing acne lesions and acne scars as well as the appearance of tighter pores. Your skin will have a healthy glow and smoother surface texture.
Because there is no “cure” for acne, the severity of your acne and scars will determine the number of treatments needed. Dr. Roberts recommends repeating treatments every 3 – 4 weeks until your acne is controlled and the scars minimized. In some patients noticeable improvements have been seen as early as the second or third treatment. Each individual situation may vary and it is best to discuss yours with Dr. Roberts.
Vbeam acne treatments are another way to supplement your current acne treatment, improve your skin more quickly and soften acne scars. It is not a one time fix or cure for acne; however, by following the treatment program Dr. Roberts prescribes, and taking care of your overall health, improvements can be maximized. A “touch-up” procedure may be needed on occasion to maintain results.
Strict sun avoidance before and between treatments is a must to prevent burning the skin and healing with changes in skin color. Dr. Roberts advises all her patients to avoid self tanning products 6 – 8 weeks before treatment and stop blood thinners 2 weeks prior to prevent bruising (see our patient education section for a full listing). All patients must be off Accutane for 6 months before starting treatments for acne scars.
Most patients describe the sensation as a mild hot snapping feel. Depending on the sensitivity of the area treated, some patients opt to use topical numbing cream. (available in our office or from the pharmacy).
Following this gentle laser treatment, the area(s) may be slightly pink, and feel warm like a mild sunburn. Ice compresses are usually enough to control any discomfort, but occasionally, topical cortisone cream or anti-inflammatory medication will be prescribed.
Although Vbeam treatment is probably safe during pregnancy, Dr. Roberts advises women to wait until they are done breast feeding and their hormone levels have returned to normal.
If you have a history of fever blisters, please inform Dr. Roberts so an antiviral medication can be prescribed.
Following Vbeam treatments, we ask patients to avoid anything that will irritate the skin until healed. Dr. Roberts will give you a customized skin care regimen to follow after laser for maximum results.
The Vbeam is not recommended for patients who are darkly pigmented or suntanned. Because the laser will react with skin pigment, the risk of healing with skin discoloration is increased.
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