Is Vbeam a Good Laser Treatment for Rosacea?

Has anyone tried vbeam laser for rosacea treatment? Is it effective? How soon? What was healing like? Did you need more than one session?

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​Love the V-beam for Rosacea redness

Love the V-beam for Rosacea redness – I don’t know of anything else like it. Patients notice results within 2 weeks. Depending on degree of redness, you may require anywhere from 1-3 sessions. And, yes, eventually that redness will return over the next 2 years, as new superficial blood vessels gradually take the place of the ones we’ve treated. But there’s no laser that better targets hemoglobin for marked improvement.

New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Vbeam & Rosacea

Vbeam is a great laser for rosacea, and very commonly used in my practice. Typically, my patients are treated over 4 sessions, once every 3-4 weeks. They return for re-treatment or another round whenever they notice the redness returning. Rosacea is not something that can be cured, but managed. Avoiding triggers, like excessive sun exposure, limiting alcohol intake and spicy foods will help as well. There is very little to no ‘down time’ with Vbeam treatments. Some minor redness and an occasional bruise may ensue but will usually last only a day or two.

Supriya Tomar, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
3.7 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Treating Rosacea with LimeLight IPL

The signs of Rosacea : facial redness and broken capillaries, are easily treated with many laser therapies. Some lasers are more harsh on the skin than others.  The Limelight IPL is a non-invasive method of targeting the pigmented redness and minimizing the telangiectasias ( tiny veins).  This treatment is a mild delivery of heat sensation vs a "snap" of other laser types. Recovery is fast without any down-time as with older laser versions.

Ronald Moser, MD
San Juan Capistrano Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

V Beam and Others for Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic condition that needs ongoing treatment to maintain control and best appearance. The V Beam and many other lntense pulse light laser devices are also beneficial and the recovery time is fast.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 159 reviews

Vbeam is THE treatment for correcting the redness and thread veins

First off, think of Rosacea as a condition that requires ongoing management.
Identify the triggers and minimise the exposure.
Sun protection is very important as is good skincare to manage oiliness and encourage exfoliation.
None of the above effectively reduces the prominence of thread veins and redness.
Yes, you do need to have more than one VBeam treatment. In general, most people need upwards of three sessions to improve to the point of satisfaction.
Typically, improvement in flushing is noticed first (after 1-2 treatments for some). Depending on the size and nature of the thread veins, these can be rather stubborn. Nevertheless, I'd suggest non-bruising treatments for cosmetic reason.
Generally, the post treatment redness lasts for 24 hours. Some folks do develop swelling which can persist for several days. These signs are usually mild; down time with VBeam is really quite minimal.

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

Gold Standard

The VBeam Pulsed Dye Laser has historically been the gold standard for treating facial redness from Rosacea.  Since Rosacea tends to be a chronic skin disease it is not uncommon to need multiple treatments. The newer VBeam lasers do not require the downtime that the older devices required.

Jerome Potozkin, MD
Danville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Vbeam is a great laser for Rosacea

VBeam is the most advanced Pulsed Dye Laser Technology that treats red skin, broken blood vessels, rosacea, and birthmarks. This laser targets the selected area with an intense yet gentle burst of light. This laser is so safe that it’s used for the treatment of port wine stains on infants and young children. Treatments usually give quick improvement and the key is consistency with treatment. You will see dramatic results; it just takes time—and a combination of treatments and therapies.

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.4 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

V Beam Lasers (595 nm long pulse dye laser) for Rosacea - Buffalo Niagara, NY

The V Beam by Candela is a 595 nm pulse dye laser that is utilized for venous lakes, the purplish reticular veins on the face as well as rosacea.

There are subtypes of rosacea and the 595 nm long pulse dye lasers are recommended for the treatment of telangiectasias and rhinophyma.

Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Buffalo Phlebologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Depends on the subtype of rosacea

Pulse dye laser, or V beam is an excellent treatment for the 'erythotelengectatic' subtype of rosacea- namely if you have redness, flushing, blushing and blood vessels. One treatment will make a difference, however many patients will benefit from several sessions spaced 3-4 weeks apart. 

Papular, and pustular rosacea can also respond to this treatment. 

Rhinophyma rosacea is entirely different, and responds best to C02 laser.

Hope that helps

Dr Davin S Lim
Brisbane, Australia

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Redness associated with Rosacea or sundamage can be helped by the Vbeam Laser

I love using the Vbeam laser to compliment other treatments for Rosacea. Its great for the fine telangiectasias on the cheeks and around the nose whether they are from flushing and rosacea or from chronic allergies and sun-damage. I usually do two to three treatments depending on the severity of the redness but also make sure that we address the gentleness, paraben free and soap free, components of your skin care regimen and discuss triggers for rosacea.

There is a little redness right afterwards but no down time essentially. You can go about your normal day and evening.  You might wakeup the next morning with a little puffiness under the eyes if the cheeks were treated but that resolves pretty quickly after getting up and going. Although you can get bruising, the settings I use are adjusted to treat with non-purpuric, non bruising settings.

Many patients have a maintenance treatment  once or twice a year to treat new blood vessels that are forming.

Brenda Dintiman, MD
Fairfax Dermatologic Surgeon

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