Your Initial Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy Consultation

Your doctor and estheticians will discuss laser resurfacing as part of your skin consultation in Bellevue. Our goal will be to understand your desired outcome and provide you with clear expectations around the details of the treatment and the results you can expect. Your Newvue team will let you know the approximate duration and number of treatments it will take to achieve your goals based on your skin type, the nature of your skin condition, and the size of the affected area. Your esthetician may advise treating a small test area so that you can better gauge your results before you commit to the full procedure. Certain skin types, such as deeply tanned or black skin, may be noticeably lightened and require 6-9 months to regain normal skin pigmentation.
Your esthetician will also advise you of certain conditions that may prevent you from getting VBeam or prevent it from being optimally effective, such as:

  • Certain skin disorders
  • Candidates taking certain medications
  • Patients prone to scarring
  • Metal screws in the treatment area
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Skin trauma

Prior to Your Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy Procedure

You will want to shave the treatment area a day in advance to minimize any discomfort, and you should avoid intense sun exposure or tanning.

Your Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy Procedure

A small area can be treated in minutes, and even large areas rarely take more than an hour.  If necessary, the treatment area will be shaved (you can also shave it yourself prior to arrival). The esthetician will provide you with eye protection, and your Pulsed-Dye treatment in Bellevue will begin. Pain is minimal. You will feel a sensation like a small rubber band being snapped against your skin, followed by a gentle, warm sensation.

After Your Pulsed-Dye Laser Skin Therapy Procedure

Your skin will likely feel slightly swollen and appear somewhat red or pink (much like a sunburn). Your esthetician can provide you with gels or creams to aid in your recovery, but most symptoms will resolve within 1-3 days, at which point most patients are able to resume normal activities, including wearing makeup. You should avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning and use sunscreen throughout the duration of your treatment.