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I would like to share my personal experience with V-Beam Laser treatment for facial spider vains.
I have pale, sensitive skin, with a few broken capillaries (reddish tone, very minimal) around my nose and chin. My V-Beam Laser treatment was conducted at the office of Dr. Ava Shamban in Santa Monica, California, yesterday, June 27th.
While I have a very modest improvement, the side effects left me much worse than if I had done nothing.
This is what I look like today:
-swelling around the treated areas, my skin feels tight, bumpy and tender to the touch
-bruising and blue/pink discoloration, I look like I have a case of chicken pox (I was warned the bruising may take a couple of weeks to subside)
-irregular, bumpy welts rising along the treated areas (this one is the most scary!)
I am taking Arnica and applying ice to help bring down the swelling, and I am miserable.
Overall, I truly regret I opted for this treatment and I hope these side effects will subside.
If you have had a similar experience, I would welcome your comments.
As I stated in your other post regarding this subject on a different thread, I feel it may be a little premature to declare you are unhappy and be cautious of V-Beam with only being ONE DAY post-procedure.
V-Beam like every other type of cosmetic procedure is not without risks or side-effects. Most of the results from lasers, injections, and even PS are highly dependent on your own body's reaction and the skill of the practioner.
If you are without burns, huge bruises, or open sores then I think you are going to be fine and what you are experiencing is pretty much what most people expereince with V-Beam. I was lucky and I had a very good doc, I did not bruise one iota.
Post back in a week and let us know how you feel then about the V-Beam. As I said earlier, try not to look in the mirror until at least tomorrow morning.
I agree with DCNGA. One day post-procedure is waay too soon to be overly concerned.
I had Versapulse (which is pulse-dye like v-beam) last week and for the first 2-3 days I had a similar result such as you described. This treatment was the 2nd time I had Versapulse (or pulse dye).
Give it about 2 weeks for the swelling to go down. I did have some bruising at the point of where the laser destroyed the capillaries around my nose. My doc told me this was to be expected BEFORE she proceeded.
Also: you have to have a good diet (no junk and no sugar with low carbs) to help reduce the swelling.
hello, i just had my vbeam treatment yesterday. doc said my scars (red acne marks) will be darker for the next 2 weeks and then get lighter...however, it seems i have no "reaction" whatsoever!...about 2 hours after the treatment, the treated parts got red...and then subsided soon...
now it is 24hours post treatment, and i have no bruising etc....nothing like what my doc said...does this mean i have no response to v beam and that there wont be any result?
Oh Please! Get over it! I am a Registered Nurse with an Advanced Practice Degree and overly Critical of everything, I would never have had this done if I had not done my Homework. I also experienced this twice with the same symptoms. My Nurse that did the procedure at the Plastic Surgeons office was well competent and prepared me for the welts and bruising. Also Bruising is individulized, not everyone experiences this and it is NOT an indication of a bad Clinician! It depends on your Platelets, bleeding times, are u a drinker, sun goddess, ? etc.
And everything you identified is expected. calm Down, and be thankful you were able to have it done! Good Grief... Chill
I am thrilled,and u can not have a bad outcome unless u go to a back door operation or a beauty shop!
[quote=I am thrilled,and u can not have a bad outcome unless u go to a back door operation or a beauty shop![/quote] WIth all due respect, Michelle, as a nurse you should know that there's no guarantee you can't have a bad outcome, even with the best doctor. As you said, everyone is different, and there is a percentage of the population who will have bad results for a variety of reasons. You're right, do your homework. You have to be aware of the risks before going thru with any procedure. Even the non-invasive procedures that don't require surgery have risks.
Last edited by sued on Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:33 am, edited 1 time in total.
Hi i've had the V-Beam Laser done several times. while i was looking like chicken pox for about a hour, i was fine after that. maybe the machine is not calibrated correctly. i don't know of anyone here in charleston sc who had such an experience. some doctors like to crank it up maybe. that sounds like an awful experience. isn't there someone you can call, the health dept? the AMA? American Medical Assoc. to ask if they can check into this problem. i'm very white. i had a little red and veins around my nose from over the years, they are gone. but she used a different laser for the viens, it was like the feeling of a pen point for that around the nose. very small and that one stung a bit. each laser does a different thing. some to remove hair, some for rosacea, etc. the only people i have seen swollen were from that Fraxel. after i saw that, i decided not to ever try it. i hate to hear you are having such trouble. contact the AMA and see if they can direct you to the right people to check your doctors use of these lasers.making sure if nothing else that they are calibrated correctly and the staff is trained properly. good luck, i hope you are better soon. ps, there are AM and PM vitamins that some doctors give or you can buy that help the skin heal fast.
I have to say, I am very concerned about my experience. I am only 36 hours Post-Procedure. I guess I did not do my homework. I asked my dermatoligist about methods to get rid of capillaries on my cheeks and was recommended to another doctor with the vbeam dye laser. He told me it would work great, but said to wait until Fall to minimize sun exposure. I had it done with the advise and recommendation that there was no downtime and immediate return to normal activities. It was horribly painful (and I have had 2 children sans epideral), I have dark, dark purple bruising, and my face is horribly swollen with edema, especially under my eyes. I am in shock and am very upset that I was not properly informed. I called my doctor and the nurses only reply was "everyone responds differently" and could not provide me with what to expect and said to take advil. If this isn't better by 3 days post, I will be blasting my experience to warn others
I had an unpleasant experience with the V-Beam laser treatment as well. I am not confident that my eyes were protected enough. I had very red, swollen, itchy eyes for quite awhile. My skin around my jawline was very itchy and my skin looked "snake like" for quite a long time. I was supposed to go for three treatments, which I did...........to correct redness, brown spots and fine lines. I don't find that the V-Beam treatment helped me at all in this respect. I was encouraged to go for a fourth treatment but cancelled because of the discomfort I was experiencing with my eyes.
My advice..............................do a test spot....for three treatments (3 weeks apart)...then decide. It's not only VERY expensive.....but it could damage your skin and cause you to be hypersensitive to products you have used forever.
I called several times before my treatment to ask what I should expect after VBeam and was told *Might have redness* well its been 5 days and I look like I got chicken pox....red, swollen, scabbed and very puffy. I had sun spots I wanted to get rid of and now I cant go to work or outside for 5 days...I just wish they would of been more open and honest with me.
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