At CMA Medicine, a variety of skin conditions can be treated with minimal downtime. The pulsed dye laser is used for the treatment of vascular lesions, such as Rosacea, sun spots, facial veins and Port Wine Stains. Stretch marks, warts, scars, and psoriasis can also be treated with this pulsed dye laser. The pulsed dye laser delivers a burst of light into the area of treatment that is absorbed by the blood vessels or melanin in pigmented areas. The blood absorption results in vessel coagulation dissipating redness in the area.
Patients often report a tingling or warm sensation during the treatment similar to a sunburn. The skin is protected by the Dynamic Cooling Device TM, which delivers a cool burst of cryogen before each laser pulse to cool the skin. Throughout the treatment, ice packs will be provided to the patient followed by a cold hyaluronic acid mask to calm redness and inflammation.
The pulsed dye laser device has safely been used since the 1980s to treat pediatric patients for the treatment of port wine stains in infants and children. It is a safe effective laser treatment with the capabilities to treat a variety of conditions. This laser is also great for Rosacea treatment.
Possible side effects of the pulsed dye laser include discomfort, crusting, bruising, scarring, and pigment changes. Some patients experience redness immediately post treatment that often resolves within 24 hours. Along with the redness, there is also a risk of bruising that may occur after treatment. This bruising often disappears in three to five days. Patients can also experience swelling which can be minimized by taking an oral antihistamine.
The amount of treatments vary depending on the area and the indication. In general, most patients require about 4-6 session spaced 1 month apart. Patients diagnosed with rosacea often require maintenance treatments every six months to prevent the reoccurrence of redness.