The pulsed dye laser (PDL) is the most effective treatment for various skin disorders characterized by red discoloration.* These include rosacea, broken capillaries, port wine stains, inflamed acne and red scars.* The pulsed dye laser produces yellow light that preferentially affects such red-colored abnormalities in the skin while leaving the surrounding skin relatively less affected.*
Celebrity Laser & Surgery Center uses the V-Star Pulsed Dye Laser. Each treatment takes only a few minutes.* Topical numbing cream and a cold air device (the Zimmer) is used to keep discomfort minimal.* Most patients need 1-3 treatments but more severe cases may require more.* There is always a chance of incomplete resolution and recurrence.*
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of V-Star PDL treatment. It is most pronounced in the first few days and generally clears in 3-10 days.* There is also a chance of hyperpigmentation, which is darkening of the skin but is almost always temporary and can last several months.* Sun protection and occasionally bleaching cream can help prevent and treat hyperpigmentation.* More rarely, hypopigmentation, or lightening of the skin, or scarring can also occur and can be permanent. Fortunately, these are very uncommon.
Aftercare consists of applying aquaphor or Intensive Repair for several days until the skin has returned to normal.* If any crusting develops it should be left to fall off on its own without picking. Results of treatment will be apparent once the skin is fully healed.*
Port Wine Stain Laser Treatment
Celebrity Laser & Surgery Center uses the Cynosure V-Star Pulsed Dye Laser for treating broken capillaries, hemangiomas, rosacea, port-wine stains (capillary malformations), and inflammatory lesions, such as acne and hypertrophic scars.
Pricing for Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment is the same as for sclerotherapy:
$150 for 15 minute or less
$300 for up to 30 minutes
*Results may vary; no guarantees.