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Pulsed dye laser

The pulsed dye laser (PDL) uses a concentrated beam of yellow-colored light to heat and destroy blood vessels and other red marks.

Pulsed Dye Laser Side Effects

Skin may be bruised after pulsed dye laser treatment. This hemorrhaging is known as purpura and is common, lessening on its own after one or two weeks.

Pigment changes are also possible, which tends to resolve itself naturally as well. Crusting, textural changes, and scarring are rarer side effects.

Who shouldn't use it: Pulsed dye lasers are not meant for tan, olive, or brown skin. If you are a Fitzpatrick type IV, V or VI, speak with a dermatologist to discuss your options for blood vessel removal.

Laser treatments are never recommended for women who are pregnant or breast feeding.

Drawbacks: PDLs may not be able to remove every vascular lesion entirely. They may only be able to make them less obvious, leaving a shadow on the skin. This is especially true in the case of tattoo ink.

Recovery Time For Pulsed Dye Laser

The PDL can cause bruising for seven to 14 days. Bruising is usually at its worst on the third day after treatment. After 48 hours, makeup can be used to cover up any discolored skin.

After care for pulsed dye laser: Your skin will be tender after treatment with a PDL, so don't scrub during the first 48 hours. Sunscreen is also essential after treatment because you will experience an increase in sensitivity to sunlight. Apply moisturizer two to three times a day to protect the skin and accelerate recovery.

If a layer of crust forms, or if peeling occurs, don't pick or remove it. Allow it to fall off on its own. If you're uncomfortable in the hours after treatment, icing your skin should be enough to provide relief.

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