Cosmetic surgeon & dermatologist Dr. Michalak is proud to offer the Vbeam pulsed dye laser in his Issaquah practice. Vbeam is a vascular laser and the gold standard for treating a variety of conditions related to redness in the skin. The treatment is non-invasive and has been used safely on patients for years with excellent results. We use the Vbeam for other highly requested treatments, scar suppression, laser dynamic therapy (LDT) and post filler bruising. Scar suppression is excellent for helping patients improve scars after surgery since this is a common concern, especially when exposed areas like face, neck, chest and arms are involved. Dr. Michalak prefers Vbeam as part of LDT procedures that are preventative skin cancer treatments.
What skin conditions can laser treat?
- Facial vein treatment
- Leg vein treatment
- Crow’s feet and other facial wrinkles
- Red birthmarks such as hemangiomas and port wine stains
- Poikiloderma of Civatte (uneven coloring of the neck)
- Venous lakes
- Stretch marks
- Dark circles under the eyes
How does it work?
The laser delivers an intense but gentle burst of yellow light to the skin. The light is specifically absorbed by the blood vessels in the dermis. These blood vessels collapse then are reabsorbed by the body during the natural healing process.
What will the treatment consist of?
During treatment, you will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. The physician will then apply a handpiece to the treatment area to deliver the laser energy. A spray of cooling mist will be felt prior to each laser pulse. The laser will be pulsed along the area using treatment settings applicable to the condition.
Is the VBeam laser treatment safe?
Yes. In fact, V-Beam laser treatment in Seattle & Issaquah is so safe that it has been used successfully for the treatment of port wine stains in infants and young children. The epidermis is protected during the treatment by the V-Beam’s unique dynamic cooling method, DCD, which sprays a cooling mist onto the skin before each laser pulse, increasing the patient’s comfort.
Is VBeam treatment painful?
Some patients may feel a slight discomfort associated with the laser pulses. This feeling has been described by patients as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. The Dynamic Cooling Device minimizes this discomfort. In addition, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment for some patients.
Can I expect any side effects from the treatment?
Side effects may include purpura (a laser bruise), redness, and swelling in the treated area. These are transient and usually do not last more than a few hours or days. Permanent side effects such as scarring are rare.
What precautions should be taken before and after the treatment?
It is recommended that you avoid sun exposure for a period of time before and throughout the course of the treatment. A sun block (SPF 30 or above) should be used. The post-treatment care needed depends on what lesion was treated. All of this will be explained in a “pre-op” prior to beginning treatment.
Are the procedures covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Some carriers will, however, cover the treatment of disfiguring birthmarks such as hemangiomas or port wine stains.
Dr. Michalak, Emily Nardiello, PA-C, Elizabeth Wood, PA-C and Debbie Gauthier NP all do Vbeam procedures in the Issaquah office. All procedures are overseen by Dr. Michalak at all times.
Please contact Dr. Michalak’s Issaquah-area office to see if the V-Beam laser is the right treatment for your skin. Dr. Michalak’s- Vbeam service area includes Issaquah, Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland, Renton, Cle Elum, Ellensberg and surrounding areas.