Just went through PDL for Port Wine Stain. The doctor used Cynergy. There is no bruising/swelling. Was the treatment effective?
Doctor Answers 1
Port Wine Stain
The PDL laser admits light that is absorbed by the blood vessels. We can change the settings to target different size blood vessels. PWS have many different size vessels so it takes multiple treatments to be fully successful.
In light of your previous burn I am sure the settings were set low. It is important to have a cooling mechanism with this laser so it is good they used cooled air the second time.
I would not be discouraged by the lack of bruising. I am sure they are only being cautious. Make sure to tell your surgeon when you return for the next treatment though as the settings can likely be increased. Every patient is different with a slightly different skin tone and absorption so it is a bit of trial and error with each patient.
I hope this helps.
Best of Luck,
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.