laser skin treatment

What to Expect from a Laser Skin Treatment

Laser skin treatments have become a common cosmetic procedure. In general, you can get a laser skin treatment to treat red and brown lesions. This can include redness caused by rosacea, spider veins on the face and legs, redness of the neck and chest, vascular lesions, scars, and brown sun spots on the face, neck, chest, and hands.

For rosacea specifically, a treatment plan is likely to include a laser or light therapy if rosacea has caused visible blood vessels and thickening skin. A laser skin treatment can reduce, or get rid of, the blood vessels. To remove thickening skin, dermatologists may use laser resurfacing.


What is the Excel V Laser and How Does it Work?

At Vujevich Dermatology Associates, we use the Excel V laser to perform a laser skin treatment. Leading physicians worldwide developed the award-winning Excel V laser based on feedback. This laser system can address more than 20 unique indications on all skin types. The Excel V laser system features the broadest set of capabilities for treating the widest range of superficial to deep vascular conditions, benign pigmented lesions and skin revitalization concerns.

Not all laser skin treatments are the same; however, all lasers work by delivering a specific wavelength of light to target certain structures in the skin. The Excel V laser targets the colors red and brown. This means that the laser energy will be absorbed by the red blood cells inside of blood vessels and the brown pigment cells in sun spots.

Once these targets absorb the laser energy, the vessel wall collapses or the brown pigment cells break apart. Over time, your body will eliminate the remnants of these structures. This targeted treatment allows us to selectively treat red and brown lesions without damaging the surrounding skin.


What to Expect from a Laser Skin Treatment

Before receiving a laser skin treatment, your physician will perform a cosmetic consultation to discuss the treatment area, your goals, and expected number of treatments. In general, the smaller, individual lesions may only require one treatment.  If you have a larger area of general redness or brown sun spots, we usually recommend an initial series of 3-4 treatments that are spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

Once individual lesions are treated adequately, they typically will not return. However, many patients are prone to develop new red and brown areas overtime and may opt for a singular touch-up treatment yearly as needed.

A laser skin treatment is quick; the procedure itself typically takes 15 minutes or less. Before your procedure begins, you will have photos taken and the area to be treated will be cleansed. Patients will wear protective eye wear to block the eyes from laser exposure. A cooling gel is then placed on the treatment area and the laser procedure begins.

Your physician will pass the laser along the treatment area, and laser pulses of energy will be delivered. Most patients report mild discomfort and compare the sensation to a warm rubber band snapping against the skin. However, the laser tip is cooled to minimize any discomfort.

After the procedure is completed, the area is cleansed and iced, and sunscreen is applied. Normally, patients may have swelling after their procedure for 3-5 days. Icing the treated area for the remainder of the day can help minimize the swelling. You may also see associated pinkness to the skin or temporary darkening of brown lesions. This will resolve completely and can be covered with makeup. Overall, the treatment is well-tolerated with little downtime.


Laser Skin Treatments at Vujevich Dermatology Associates

Laser treatments have become more common, but please remember that it truly matters who does your laser treatment. At Vujevich Dermatology Associates, only our physicians perform treatments. We are committed to patient safety and continuing education to provide you with the most advanced techniques for the best results. Contact us today to learn more about laser skin treatments in our office.

Vujevich Dermatology Associates offers medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology from some of the most highly trained physicians and clinicians in the greater Pittsburgh area.  You can reach our team at 412-429-2570 or visit our contact page to see all of our locations. You can also follow us on Facebook to see what’s new in the world of dermatology.

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