How Does Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment Work?

By on August 14, 2018 under Laser Treatments

Pulsed dye laser treatment could be your answer to some of your most stubborn skin concerns! Using laser light energy, the pulsed dye laser can improve the appearance of your hyperpigmentation and blood vessels for even skin that you can feel confident in. Here’s how the process works:

Determining if you are a candidate

The first step to any cosmetic treatment is to determine if you make a good candidate. If you experience skin concerns such as redness from rosacea, port wine stains, spider veins, scarring, or red stretch marks, pulsed dye laser treatment could benefit you! The pulsed dye laser is safe for many skin types and tones, however, it’s not for everyone. During your initial consultation, be sure to mention any skin conditions you might have or recent skin trauma that could affect your results.

Your noninvasive treatment process

The pulsed dye laser treatment is noninvasive, using a strong burst of light directed at the treatment area. The light is then absorbed by blood vessels near the surface of the skin and areas of pigmentation. Patients report feeling a heat sensation during this process and a cooling mechanism will be used to protect your skin and maximize your comfort, but no anesthesia is required. You can notice improved skin after one treatment session, however, multiple treatments are recommended for optimal results.

Having a successful recovery for lasting results

Because it is noninvasive, there is no downtime required after pulsed dye laser treatment. You can expect the skin to be extra sensitive after treatment and should limit sun exposure and wear sun protection to avoid pigmentation changes. You can also apply an approved moisturizer twice a day to soothe the skin. Once your skin has fully healed you can enjoy a smoother, more even complexion with diminished redness and blood vessels.

To learn more about treatment with the pulsed dye laser and find out if you’re a candidate, schedule your consultation with Dr. Baird.