Pulsed-dye Laser Treatment
What is Pulsed Dye Laser?
The Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) uses a beam of light at a specific wavelength and is used for conditions or spots on the skin which are made up of blood and blood vessels. Pulsed Dye Laser used for spider veins on the face changes of rosacea port wine stains and some other birthmarks, small cherry hemangiomas on the body and some scars. This laser can be used for all ages and all skin types. PDL is a safe and effective method of treating conditions related to blood vessels. When the laser is applied to the skin, patients feel some stinging, similar in sensation to the snapping of a small rubber band against the skin. Most patients tolerate PDL without any topical anesthetic; however, patients may apply an anesthetic cream to the area being treated for 30 minutes prior to the procedure.
How is Pulsed Dye Laser performed?
Dark glasses are worn to protect the patientís eyes from the light. With the patient in a comfortable, relaxed position, the PDL light is flashed on the area of skin being treated. PDL is a quick treatment, usually requiring only a few minutes, depending on the size of the treated area.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of PDL treatments varies depending on the lesion or condition being treated. For example, a single spider vein on the face usually requires only one or two treatments, whereas a port wine stain involving the cheek, may require multiple treatments.
How will I look following each treatment?
The PDL causes bruising in the treated area which lasts from 7-14 days. Makeup may be used to cover the bruising.
How do I take care of my skin after the Pulsed Dye Laser treatment?
There is no specific care required after PDL. It is important to protect your skin from the sun using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day as well as sun protective clothing.