Find out more about PDL Treatments:
Enhance your beauty and bring back your natural skin tone with Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) treatments with Southern Dermatology.
A Pulsed Dye Laser is a specialized laser that targets the blood vessels in your skin. The laser passes through your skin and is absorbed as heat by the blood vessels. The heat breaks the blood vessels apart so they can be reabsorbed by your body. Soon the remnants clear away leaving behind your natural skin tone.
If you suffer from having a red face even when you’re not hot, flushed, or embarrassed, PDL treatment can help bring back your natural skin tone. PDL treatments are also used to treat Spider Veins, Rosacea, and most other discolorations caused by faulty blood vessels on the surface of your skin.
What to expect:
We will clean the treatment area and provide you with protective goggles. The treatment uses a safe yellow light which protects your skin from any long-term damage. The treatment is very quick, requiring only about a half hour, and no anesthesia is required. To help keep you comfortable, the machine releases a cool spray before issuing the laser. If treating a significant area or discoloration, it may take 2-3 treatments before you begin to experience the full effect.
Before treatment, we recommend that you use sunblock liberally. The more pigmentation (tanning) you have in your skin, the less focused our lasers can be. And after treatment, apply moisturizer, limit exposer to the sun for a few days, and sit back and enjoy watching the redness dissolve away. Hello you.
FAQs About PDL Treatment:
- WHAT IS A PULSED DYE LASER?
A dye laser is a laser which uses an organic dye mixed in a solvent as the lasing medium. Some of the laser dyes include rhodamine, fluorescein, coumarin, stilbene, umbelliferone, tetracene and malachite green. Some of the solvents used include water, glycol, ethanol, methanol, hexane, cyclohexane and cyclodextrin. A high energy source of light such as a fast discharge flashlamp or an external laser (eg ruby laser or ND:YAG laser) is needed to “pump” the liquid beyond its lasing threshold. The dye solution is usually circulated at high speeds, to help avoid triplet absorption and to decrease degradation of the dye. The incoming light excites the dye molecules into the state of being ready to emit stimulated radiation.
- HOW DOES PDL WORK?
The pulsed dye laser, when used for dermatological applications, works on the principle of selective thermolysis. The selected wavelength of laser light is absorbed to a high degree by the target structure (called chromophores) compared to surrounding tissue. The pulse duration of laser energy is shorter than the target structure’s thermal relaxation time, which is the time taken for the target to cool by 50% of its peak temperature after irradiation. This ensures that the impact of thermal energy is limited to the target structure and does not affect the surrounding tissue. When pulsed dye laser light hits the skin, it is reflected, transmitted, or absorbed.
Absorbed energy is most responsible for the clinical effect because it is converted to thermal energy (heat) by the intended targets (chromophores), thereby killing the diseased cells.
The skin chromophores commonly targeted by the pulsed dye laser is hemoglobin in blood. Complications result when energy intended for the target chromophore is non-selectively diffused and absorbed by surrounding tissues and structures.
- ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Side effects are generally minimal. The most common side effect is bruising. With the V-Beam bruising can be minimized or even eliminated. If it should occur, bruising is most pronounced in the first few days and usually clears within 3-10 days. Less common side effects include temporary pigmentary changes usually lasting a few weeks. Sunblock for one month before treatment is recommended as tanned skin blocks the laser light and results in a higher chance of side effects. Scarring is extremely rare with this laser.
- WHAT DOES AFTERCARE CONSIST OF?
Skin care after the procedure is straightforward. A moisturizer, such as Aquaphor Ointment or Vaseline Jelly, applied 2-3 times per day will help protect the skin and speed healing. Sun protection will help minimize the chance of pigmentary changes. Makeup can be used starting on day two. If any crust forms, patients should not pick or try to remove it. Any bruising fades relatively quickly over a 3-10 day period.