What to Expect During Treatment
Pulsed dye laser treatments can be performed right in our office. Once you’re ready, the laser handpiece is applied to the skin where it generates heat underneath the surface. You will feel a snap similar to the snap of a rubber band on the skin, and most patients find it very tolerable. The laser also uses a cooling mechanism to protect your skin, which helps to dull the snapping sensation. The length of your treatment session will depend on the size of the treatment area, as well as the density of the blood vessels we are treating. Once your treatment is complete, your skin will be protected and soothed with a post-procedure cream, and you can return home.
Meet Our Clara Team
The pulsed dye laser is one of the best options for treating redness and achieving clear, healthy skin. To learn more about your treatment options with our board certified dermatologists, we invite you to contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.
Facial redness or vascular lesions on the body can be frustrating or cosmetically undesirable. Some common causes of skin redness can include rosacea, port wine stains, hemangiomas, scars, keloids, and spider veins. Whether they are due to a medical condition or more of a cosmetic concern, redness caused by blood vessels can be very effectively treated with the use of a pulsed dye laser.
What is a Pulsed Dye Laser?
Pulsed dye lasers emit bursts of light energy that specifically target pigment in the blood vessels underneath your skin. This light energy generates heat which damages the blood vessels without affecting the surrounding skin. Once the blood vessels are damaged, the body metabolizes them and reroutes blood flow. Visible blood vessels then fade from the surface of the skin, resulting in clearer skin and a reduction in redness. Pulsed dye lasers are one of the most effective options available for redness, producing excellent results with a proven track record for safety.
Pulsed Dye Laser Maintenance
There’s no downtime required after treatment with a pulsed dye laser, but you can expect some slight swelling and redness for the first day or so after treatment. There’s a chance of some slight bruising, but this goes away within a few days. It’s important to follow your aftercare instructions for taking care of your skin, which might include using ice packs and managing swelling. During your consultation, we will review your at-home skincare regimen so you know which products to avoid in the days following your treatment, including retinoids or abrasive exfoliants. It’s very important to keep your skin protected with sunscreen because laser treatments can make your skin photosensitive. Based on your goals, you might require a package of treatments and your board-certified dermatologist will make sure you understand your best options.