Laser Skin Resurfacing for Rosacea and Other Skin Blemishes
Most patients who seek cosmetic laser treatments elect to correct skin conditions not out of medical necessity, but because they wish to enhance the appearance of their skin. Laser treatment is ideal for such procedures, as it allows patients to improve their appearance without the risks associated with invasive surgery – or the longer recovery time required. Moradi MD is proud to offers patients V-Beam laser skin therapy – a facial rejuvenation option that provides treatment for mild vascular conditions, such as rosacea, vascular lesions, warts, and more.
Patients who suffer from such conditions, or who are interested in improving the appearance and tone of their skin through non-invasive means, are encouraged to contact Moradi MD to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amir Moradi and his team.
What is V-Beam Laser Skin Resurfacing?
The V-Beam is a pulsed dye laser, which means that the laser energy is delivered in pulses and a dye is used to generate laser beams of different colors. Since the V-Beam is used to treat dilated blood vessels, as in rosacea, it is often called a vascular laser. The target of the vascular laser is hemoglobin, the red protein in blood cells in the blood vessels. Because of the precise application of the V-Beam laser, the skin cells surrounding the dilated blood vessels are not damaged during treatment. With this laser skin resurfacing technique, laser light is used to carefully remove damaged skin cells while leaving surrounding healthy tissue intact. The V-Beam laser is so precise that only unhealthy skin cells are affected and treated.
Ideal Candidates for V-Beam Laser Skin Resurfacing
V-Beam laser skin resurfacing is useful for treating an extensive variety of skin blemishes, including:
- Vascular lesions
- Spider veins
- Red birthmarks (port wine stains)
- Hypertrophic scars
V-Beam laser skin rejuvenation can also be used for normalizing healing incision lines and for treating stretch marks when they are still fresh and red. However, not all patients make ideal candidates; V-Beam laser skin rejuvenation is not appropriate for pregnant women or for patients who have taken Accutane within the past six months. Additionally, patients with a history of cold sores or herpes simplex virus should not be treated with the V-Beam laser until they are pre-treated for these conditions.
Does Insurance Cover V-Beam Laser Treatment?
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic or aesthetic procedures. However, some carriers will cover the treatment of disfiguring birthmarks like port wine stains. The treatment of psoriasis and rosacea may also be covered by some insurance companies. Patients should consult their insurance carrier for more details.
Results and Recovery
The V-beam laser is a non-ablative laser, meaning no ablation (or removal) of the epidermis takes place. As it does not remove skin, recovery time is shorter than with other (ablative) laser treatments. After treatment, patients can expect their skin to be red for up to a day. The skin may also be tender, similar to a mild sunburn. Patients may also experience some bruising.
The results of V-Beam laser skin rejuvenation are often permanent and results will be seen within several weeks of the laser treatment session. Some patients even see results immediately after the procedure. Some conditions may call for a series of treatments and the permanency of results can depend on the condition being treated and the lifestyle of the patient. A common example given is that of sunspots: if the patient is treated for them, but then returns to activities that result in excessive sun exposure, the spots may return.
Patients who follow post-procedure guidelines can expect great results. Patients treated for rosacea can anticipate a 50 to 75 percent improvement in skin tone after three to five treatments. Since rosacea is a chronic condition, it is often recommended that one or two maintenance treatments are performed per year. Port wine stains can require more than five treatments.
As with any cosmetic treatment, invasive or not, patients are encouraged to schedule a consultation prior to their V-Beam laser procedure to discuss goals and go over expectations.
Treatment for Rosacea and Other Skin Conditions is Available
Patients who suffer from rosacea, wars, psoriasis, spider veins, vascular lesions, and other skin conditions are encouraged to contact Moradi MD to schedule a personal consultation. With V-Beam laser skin resurfacing, the appearance of these conditions can be greatly mitigated.