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What if IPL Did Not Help? V-beam? (photo)

Hello, I'm a 19 y/o man with a permanent red skin (cheeks & nose, also some vissible veins, no pustules and papules), it started when i was 15-16. It gets intens red by triggers like cold/hot envoirements or when i blush. It's so ugly and i feel ashame.. Tried so many cremes, nothing works. Just had 2 IPL sessions, not even helped 1%. I'm very disappointed because I thought i finally had found something that works. What else can I try? is V-beam an option? Thank you.

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V-Beam for Rosacea, Not IPL

The V-Beam is the gold standard for rosacea. It can be a life changung treatment for many people. One session will make a significant change. Multiple treatments may be needed for complete clearance of rosacea.


Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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V-Beam Laser can precisely target capillaries of varying sizes

Though both IPL and pulsed dye lasers can be used to effectively treat redness and capillaries, the Candela V-Beam laser has much better capability of precisely targeting small capillaries and simulataneously protecting the skin surface with a cooling cryogen spray. From looking at your photos, I feel confident that you can receive effective treatment.However this does require a physician treating you who is a true expert in laser/skin interaction in order to get the right treatment parameters. This will likely require a series of treatments as well as periodic touch-up treatments. 

Richard Fitzpatrick, MD (in memoriam)
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Facial Flushing & Redness

Hi Robben.  You are on the right track.  VBeam and VStar lasers are pulsed dye lasers specifically developed to treat vascular condition such as Rosacea and facial redness.  You may require a series of treatments and we normally start with 4-6.  In addition, more extreme cases need bruising treatments where the face is actually bruised for 7-10 days after treatments.  

If you want to find help, find a practitioner that is expert in the use of pulsed dye lasers.  Good luck.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Consider V-Beam if IPL doesn't help

The energy may have to be increased in the settings to get the maximum results and multiple treatments may be needed. V-beam is also a good option for capillaries and red skin.

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