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v Pulsed dye Laser

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Hi,

I have a really weird red spot on one side of my upper lip. It's a patch of redness/bumps that has lasted for a long time. I had acne so I don't know if it's a scar from that, or hair removal, or what. My dermatologist has suggested the pulsed dye laser. He says that some people scab, crust, etc. and a bruise forms which is actually best for removing the redness. The laser they use is called the Cynosure Photogenica V Pulsed Dye Laser.

My question is: has anyone had this done, and what was your recovery like? As luck would have it, I have been off work for a month bc it's slow where I work, but I am returning next week. It's not feasible for me to take two weeks off now for healing, but I don't want to just go ahead with it if I will look horrible. The scar is causing me a lot of anxiety, so I'm willing to accept some bruising and ugliness if it's not too extreme and may be the solution to my problem. I've read varying accounts: "like a sunburn" to "crusted and bruised for 10 days."

With the bruises, I'm thinking maybe it won't be so bad...any experiences?

Thanks!

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Hi,

I've had 4 done so far, and am going for my 5th in May. I need to get rid of my red spots from past acne before my weddding.I have only bruised twice. Your skin will be red and swollen the first day,and no makeup will hide it. Within 2 weeks, your face will completely heal. I've bruised twice--tiny purplish blue marks at various locations of your face. The procedure itself hurts a bit, but it's worth it! My skin looks so much better!

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It sounds like it is similar to v-beam, which targets redness. What I have heard from numerous doctors is the setting that causes purpura(bruising) is most effective, however blistering and scabs are dangerous and can cause scarring. I would ask to have a setting that wont cause blistering. As far as how long it takes the bruising to go away, generally I have heard 7-10 days.

LadyMacbeth, about how long did it take for the bruising to go away?

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It sounds like it is similar to v-beam, which targets redness. What I have heard from numerous doctors is the setting that causes purpura(bruising) is most effective, however blistering and scabs are dangerous and can cause scarring. I would ask to have a setting that wont cause blistering. As far as how long it takes the bruising to go away, generally I have heard 7-10 days.

LadyMacbeth, about how long did it take for the bruising to go away?

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Hi RHS,

I got the V-star pulsed dye laser, and I think it's the same as yours. It takes my bruises about 1 week to completely fade. It doesn't look like you got beat up or anything. I have teeny purplish blue spots on various locations of my face. My sister says they look like chicken pox. Everyone reacts differently. The highest setting is 8, and I only bruise on 8. Before, the derm did 6 and I didn't bruise at all. I scheduled myself for 5 treatments before my wedding. If my derm had set it at level 8 all 4 times, I wouldn't even need the fifth! Makeup would of hid the rest. Of course, that's how the doctors like to scam us out of money. But it really works wonders, and is worth every penny.

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interesting to know that uve guys have tried the pulse dye laser. ive been recommended that by a skin specialist cos he says some of my red marks are veins filled with blood??? which makes them look darker in colour. he said it will cost me £250 per session but thers no guarantee that it will work. but i think thats alot of money, and cant afford that at the moment.

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LadyMacbeth, when you say whole face do you mean just targeting the red dots all over the face or everything in between the dots as well? Just interested if like v-beam, it can be used for general redness that may come and go throughout the day. Best wishes for the wedding!

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Hi, Isma.

My derm charges me $250, but does my whole face. Licensed plastic surgeons charge about $300 PER AREA. The derms know what they are doing. They just charge less b/c their title isn't as prestigious. It works WONDERS, but you need multiples to notice a big difference. I've had 4 so far. While my skin looks a lot better, it;s still not enough, and my wedding day is in 4 weeks sad.gif

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Hi Fizzgig,

No, she does my red marks on both cheeks --the part slightly above my jaw line, and then does the rest of my face, even though I don't have any marks there. The marks have faded significantly, and the rest of my face is super smooth, and my pores are smaller. I have one more treatment left before my wedding. My skin won't be back to normal after that, but the marks would have faded enough that any good makeup artist would be able to hide them completely ( I hope)!

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