Advanced Laser Education Content - Part 8: V-Beam and IPL

This page contains treatments advanced education content about laser and treatments. 


What is V-beam

  • V-beam is a 595-nm pulse dye laser (PDL)
  • The laser energy is delivered in pulses
  • It targets unwanted blood vessels while leaving other skins structures with minimal damage the duration of the pulses can be adjusted so that the desired energy can be delivered to the targeted vessel without excessive heat to the surrounding skin
  • The dynamic cooling device (DCD) delivers a spray of cool air prior to the laser pulse, protecting the epidermis and reducing the risk of blistering, pupura and pigmentary changes
  • The V-beam has been considered to be the most effective modality of choice for the removal of excess blood vessels

How V-beam works

  • It delivers an intense, gentle burst of light to the skin
  • The light is absorbed by the blood vessels in the dermis
  • The light is only absorbed by the areas discolored by redness
  • The blood vessel are coagulated and then collapse during the natural healing process the dynamic cooling device within the machine minimized discomfort during treatment

Uses of the V-beam

  • Diffuse redness
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Facial/leg veins
  • Red scars and stretch marks
  • Poikiloderma
  • Rosacea
  • Warts
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Hermangioma
  • Angioma
  • Venous lakes
  • Vascular lesions
  • Port wine stains

Post instructions

  • Apply cool compress as needed
  • Edema is possible: sleep with head slightly elevated
  • Vessels on face will fully or partially resolve within 10-14 days
  • Diffuse flushing will periodically fade
  • Do not pick , scratch or remove scabs
  • Use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher
  • Avoid swimming in hot tubs or Jacuzzi
  • Limit sun exposure
  • Limit strenuous activity for two weeks

Side Effects/Risks

  • May include, but limited top:
  • Pupura
  • Blisters
  • Pigmentary changes
  • Temporary swelling
  • Discomfort
  • Scarring
  • It will take an average of 3 treatments to see results
  • PWS will take more and normally you will not see 100% clearance, especially with adults

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

  • IPL uses a broad spectrum light source range 400-1200nm
  • Cut-off filters are commonly used to filter out lower frequencies and narrow the spectrum to target specific structures and chromophores
  • It is unique in the ability to filter the light spectrum to target various chromophores in the skin

IPL uses

  • Hair removal
  • Sun damage
  • Poikiloderma of civatte
  • Acne rosacea
  • Broken capillaries/telangectases
  • Pigmented lesions 

How IPL works

  • A broad spectrum of light is transmitted through a transparent hand piece tip which is gentle placed over the skin
  • Cut-off filters in the hand piece change the range of wavelengths optimizing it for different applications and skin types
  • The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by the relevant chromophore
  • Blood is the chromophore when targeting vessels
  • Melanin is the chromophore when targeting pigment
  • The body's natural processes then clear the lesion debris

Congratulations! You have finished the advanced laser education course.