what is a pulsed dye laser?

A pulsed dye laser (PDL) is a laser that uses a focused wavelength of light to target blood vessels in the skin. The light targets hemoglobin in blood vessels, creating thermal damage to the blood vessel walls while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. The PDL penetrates to a depth of 1.2 mm. In our practice we use the Candela VBeam Pulsed Dye Laser.

FOR What conditions is a pulsed dye laser used to treat?

  • Facial Redness

  • Rosacea

  • Dilated Facial Veins and Broken Capillaries

  • Port Wine Stains

  • Red Scars

  • Hypertrophic Scars & Keloids

  • Cherry Angiomas

  • Poikiloderma of Civatte

what does a pulsed dye laser treatment feel like?

Ice cold air is directed at the skin with our Zimmer Chiller to minimize any discomfort. Then, the laser produces a cold spray just before the laser pulse, diminishing the sensation of pain. The pulse feels like a warm snap.

how many treatments will i need?

Most patients require 1-3 treatments, although the number of treatments required will vary based on the severity of the condition being treated.

are there any risks or side effects?

When mild settings are used, side effects include redness and swelling that may last a few hours. With stronger settings, a type of bruising called “purpura” may occur, which may last 3-7 days. Post-inflammatory pigmentation is a risk in patients with darker skin types. Risk of blistering or scarring is very rare when the laser treatment is performed by an experienced board-certified dermatologist.

How do i care for my skin after treatment?

Do not scrub your skin, use an abrasive skin cleanser, or use hot water on your skin. Don’t do any vigorous exercise for 48 hours following your treatment (in other words, avoid doing anything that will make you flush or blush for 48 hours). Makeup can be used starting on day two. If any crust forms, patients should not pick or try to remove it. Protect the treated areas from sun exposure in order to avoid post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.