What is V Beam?
The V Beam Perfecta is a pulsed dye laser (PDL) that emits yellow light at 595nm from a hand piece held close to your skin. Described as the most significant advancement in acne treatment for decades, PDL laser treatment is safe, virtually painless, fast and effective.
“The biggest breakthrough in the treatment of Acne Vulgaris in 20 years” Tony Chu consultant dermatologist at Hammersmith Hospital in West London
“Over 92% of patients reviewed after a single treatment had a significant improvement. Over 50% of patients had a 50% reduction in lesions after a single treatment” The Lancet Vol 362
How does the V Beam laser work?
Active Acne – V Beam works in 3 ways: –
- The yellow laser light kills the bacteria, P.Acnes, that causes the infection leading to spots.
- The laser light gently heats up the skin around the spots, stimulating collagen production that boosts the healing process causing the spots to disappear.
- Prevention of future acne by dampening down the skin’s reaction to P.Acnes reinfection by altering the body’s immune response
The yellow laser light heats up the lower layers of the skin, producing collagen that stimulates a healing response. This acts as a new foundation for the skin, reducing scarring and improving skin tone.
What does the treatment involve?
The yellow laser light is delivered in very short pulses from a hand piece moved gently over the skin’s surface. Most patients describe the procedure as virtually painless although you may feel a warming sensation as the laser light is absorbed into the skin.
Are there any side effects?
Following treatment there is usually no visible after-effect so normal activities can be resumed immediately. In rare cases, redness and irritation of the treated area may occur (like sunburn). There is also a very small risk of pigment change following the treatment. A small minority of patients develop bruising or blistering. This settles within a few days.
Do I have to do anything with my skin on the day of treatment?
Avoid swimming for two to three days following treatment. Do not use heavily perfumed skin creams and avoid using perfume for at least two days.
If you wish to apply make-up to the treated area, you can do this straight away after the session. The following morning, cleanse as usual and apply make-up as normal.
If you are using topical vitamin A preparations, these are best avoided for at least 2 days following treatment.
How many treatments are required?
Acne has been shown to significantly improve 2 to 4 weeks following a single session. A series of 3 treatments is usually recommended at monthly intervals
How soon will I see an improvement?
On the day of treatment, most people experience a reduction in tenderness to the treated area. In the days following, you should experience a resolution of any existing break-outs and in 2-4 weeks the number of active acne lesions has usually significantly reduced. In the months following treatment, there should be an improvement in reddened areas and a reduction in the depth of any pitted sunken scarring.
How long do the benefits last?
Acne clearance has been shown to last over 9 months. Following this, it is envisaged that further ‘top up’ treatments may be required.
Is the treatment safe?
There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that laser treatment can lead to skin disorders or an increased risk of skin cancer. The V Beam laser is sold worldwide and is fully cleared by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also has full CE clearance for Europe.
Who performs the treatment?
Our expert medical team has in excess of 25 years laser experience and have completed more than 120,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at our Cambridge Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners.
To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, our staff are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.
Although medical laser clinics are no longer regulated by the CQC (Care Quality Commission), we continue to adhere to the strict standards that were in the past mandatory under government legislation. This is the best indicator currently available that our Cambridge Laser Clinic is trustworthy.
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