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Pulsed Dye Laser

The pulsed dye laser is an effective option for treating scars and vascular lesions.

  • Downtime: Very Minimal
  • Pain Level: Minimal
  • Results Duration: Long Lasting


Visible vessels, angiomas, port wine stains, telangiectasia, venous lakes, poikiloderma

Side Effects:

Slight redness or swelling immediately following treatment – bruising and skin darkening can also occur, particularly when treating birthmarks


Can be used on nearly any area of the face or body

Follow Up:

Some patients may require more than one treatment session to achieve their desired results

How Performed:

Handpiece delivers laser energy directly to the area of concern


Topical or local anesthesia administered prior to treatment.

Procedure Type:


Expected Outcome:

Reduction or elimination of visible veins and vascular lesions


Results visible in 1-7 days

Pulsed Dye Laser

Our pulsed dye lasers include Candela’s Vbeam Perfecta and Vbeam Prima. The Vbeam Perfecta features a wavelength of 595nm, while the Prima combines that with a 1064nm wavelength for even greater versatility. These devices are particularly adept at targeting visible veins and vascular lesions, eliminating them to produce clearer skin. Our physicians also use these lasers to effectively eliminate birthmarks like port wine stains. Treatments are comfortable for patients and there is no downtime afterward. 

The board-certified physicians at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York have an extensive range of laser devices that allow us to customize all our patient’s treatments to ensure an optimal outcome. We have the experience and expertise to help you meet all your aesthetic goals with comfortable treatments and minimal downtime in most cases. Our team would be happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns and create a personalized treatment plan to keep you looking and feeling your absolute best.

How does a Pulsed Dye Laser Work?

A pulsed dye laser works by targeting the blood beneath the skin’s surface. The laser energy goes directly into vessels or lesion, leaving surrounding skin and tissue untouched. The Vbeam Perfecta and the Vbeam Prima both offer the same 595 nm wavelength. However, the Prima combines that wavelength with a 1064 nm wavelength that is effective in addressing blue veins and venous lakes.

Due to the wavelength that the laser operates at, the pulsed dye laser is able to effectively treat the affected area without harming the surrounding skin. This is demonstrated in the following video where Dr. Roy G. Geronemus is able to pop the red balloon with the laser without affecting the white balloon.

What does a Pulsed Dye Laser Treat?

Our pulsed dye lasers can be used to treat a host of skin concerns, including:

When Will I See Results?

You may see initial improvement immediately following your procedure. However, full results are likely to develop in a week or two after your session. Those results should be very long-lasting.

How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?

Downtime after a pulsed dye laser treatment is minimal. Most patients resume their daily routine right away. Side effects are typically mild and temporary and may include some slight swelling or skin redness for a day or two. 

Real Patients Before and After photos

Laser Treatment for Broken or Enlarged Blood Vessels on a Man’s Cheek

Laser Treatment for Broken or Enlarged Blood Vessels on a Man’s Cheek

Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Laser Treatment for Port Wine Stain Removal

Laser Treatment for Port Wine Stain Removal

Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Laser Treatment for Port Wine Stain

Laser Treatment for Port Wine Stain

Pulse Dye Laser In The News

An acne scarring study conducted at LSSCNY featured in JAMA Dermatology

An acne scarring study conducted at LSSCNY featured in JAMA Dermatology

Propranolol & Pulsed Dye Laser Clear Infantile Hemangiomas

Propranolol & Pulsed Dye Laser Clear Infantile Hemangiomas

Pulsed Dye Laser

Questions and Answers

Q: Are Your Pulsed Dye Lasers Safe?

A: Yes. The FDA has approved these devices for the treatment of visible veins and vascular lesions. With thousands of patients undergoing these treatments, the lasers have also demonstrated a track record of safety and efficacy when used by an experienced, board-certified physician. Our board-certified physicians have extensive experience using this device and will use their expertise to customize your treatment so it is as safe and effective as possible.

Q: How Many Treatments Will I Need?

A: Patients often achieve their full results with a single treatment session. However, some might require a series of appointments to produce an optimal outcome. Your doctor will assess your concerns and goals in-person to create a personalized treatment plan that works best for you.

Q: How Long Do Results Last?

A: The results you achieve through your pulsed dye laser treatment can be very long-lasting. Any vessels or lesions that are eliminated are unlikely to return. However, you can develop new veins over time, which may require additional procedures to maintain your clearer, more beautiful skin. 

Q: Are There Any Side Effects?

A: Side effects after a pulsed dye laser treatment are usually mild and temporary. Some patients might experience skin redness and slight swelling in the treatment areas for a day or two. 

Q: Are Pulsed Dye Laser Treatments The Right Choice for Me?

A: Pulsed dye laser procedures are usually recommended for men and women who have spider veins, telangiectasia or vascular lesions they would like to eliminate. Our physicians are happy to schedule a consultation for you so you can receive an in-person assessment and treatment recommendations. 

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