Skin discoloration can be one of the peskiest things to treat with skincare products, as no one is really in the business of waiting for improvement if they can help it. Enter VBeam: a beauty treatment from Syneron Candela that targets discoloration and pigment issues via a vascular pulse dye laser, as David Shafer, MD, FACS, explains.

Within the VBeam family, “Perfecta and Prima are both advanced lasers that help treat a broad range of skin conditions, whether it be rosacea, acne, wrinkles, or stretch marks, among others,” Shafer says. Not only can these lasers help smooth skin complexion, but they’re also really great treatments for scars—so much so that patients undergoing surgical procedures at Shafer’s clinic also have the option of adding VBeam to treatment packages.

Here we’ll break down everything you need to know about VBeam Perfecta laser treatment.


David Shafer, MD, FACS, is a double board-certified plastic surgeon.
Anna Chacon, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist and writer at My Psoriasis Team.

What Is VBeam Perfecta?

VBeam Perfecta is a brand of pulsed dye laser used to treat vascular lesions, Anna Chacon, MD, explains.

Advanced pulsed dye lasers, like the VBeam, can target the vessels and capillaries with gentle light bursts, Shafer explains, heating problem spots evenly in micro-bursts, which results in a firmer skin texture.

Benefits of VBeam Perfecta

  • Targets vascular lesions, redness, and skin discoloration
  • Patients often also report noticeably firmer skin

The treatment targets vascular lesions and redness like rosacea, spider veins, port wine stains, and cherry angiomas aka little red raised freckles due to clumped blood vessels, and more, by selectively targeting hemoglobin with a specific wavelength, Chacon says. Are you sensing a theme here? Yup, VBeam Perfecta seems to target skin conditions with redness specifically.

Aside from these conditions, Shafer also adds that patients “often report having noticeably firmer skin, less redness, and fewer visible capillaries” after treatment.

Another bonus of the VBeam Perfecta is, as with all beauty treatments, the potential for improved self-confidence. It’s no surprise that when you feel good about your skin, you also feel better in general. So it makes sense that patients who believe their skin has improved through VBeam treatments also tend to feel more confident and socialize more, says Shafer.

How to Prepare for VBeam Perfecta

While VBeam is considered a gentle laser for most skin types and doesn’t require a ton of prep work, you’ll still want to avoid major sun exposure for at least four weeks before a session as well as any heavy scrubbing or exfoliation before treatment, to cut down on potentially traumatizing your skin, Shafer says.

Afterward, Chacon recommends you still stay out of the sun, don’t plan anything super important immediately after treatment, and know that while bruising is rare, it’s possible.

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