How Long Before Bruises from V Beam Disappears?

How long can it take for the bruising from the V Beam laser to totally disappear? It will be deep purple day of procedure, the doctor indicated. Thank you.

Doctor Answers 6

Bruising after VBeam

Dear BrookeinCO,

The bruises (ie "deep purple) after VBeam typically takes up to 10-12 days to resolve. Some doctors recommend taking Arnica (a natural herb) to decrease the bruising time. In my experience sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn't (depends on the formulation). Talk to your doctor and see what he/she recommends.

Good luck!

Dr. Mariwalla

New York Dermatologic Surgeon

V Beam Bruising

Bruising from the V beam typically lasts 7 - 10 days.  The bruises appear immediately following the treatment.  Taking Arnica can decrease the intensity and duration of the bruising.  Keep in mind,  it is okay to cover the bruising with makeup.  The results from V Beam are typically worth enduring a few days of bruising, but make sure you plan to look bruised for at least a week following the treatment. 

Aurora Badia, DO
Fort Myers Dermatologist
2.5 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

VBeam bruising: depends on the settings

The VBeam is an extremely flexible and powerful tool. It can be set to bruise to treat conditions which can only be treated effectively with bruising e.g. strawberry birthmark, spider naevus.
Bruises in general can take a variable amount of time to resolve. I try to avoid bruising the face wherever possible for cosmetic reason.
Another consideration with extensive bruising is the possibility of haemosiderin staining which can persist for quite a while.

Chien C. Kat, FRCS
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Vbeam bruises last about a week

Vbeam can be adjusted to have no bruising at all. However, if you do bruise an area, it generally takes about a week to resolve. Taking Arnica may reduce the amount of time for the bruising to go away. 

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

Vbeam bruises disappear in days

Any bruising from a Vbeam treatment will usually resolve in 10 to 14 days, depending on the settings used.  

Timothy G. Rodgers, MD, FAAD
Frisco Dermatologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Bruising after VBeam resolves in 7-10 days

Bruising after V Beam laser typically resolves in 7-10 days, but sometimes can take up to two weeks.  It is an expected result after V Beam, as laser energy selectively injurys the blood vessels resulting in their disappearance over time.  In the past, we use to think that the more bruising, the better the outcome.  BUT, recent studies have shown that we can achieve similar results with minimal bruising.  The key is getting the optimal laser settings-- so find yourself an experienced physician who understands the best settings for you.

Margaret Mann, MD
Cleveland Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

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