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    OMG...these don't even look like bruises to me and believe me, I know bruising and purpura. I don't think I will consider vbeam now...yikes, isn't there a way to avoid this? My doc mentioned trying it (they just got a vbeam in the office).

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    When I had Vbeam in Jan I didn't look like that at all. I was very red and swollen for many days and that wasn't pleasant but nothing like those pictures.

    I do think it's important for the doctor to have experience and know how to operate the laser for individual cases. I don't think it's one size fits all so to speak. Of course with the rush all these drs are in who really knows if we are getting individual txs. I will say that I did experience some improvement in my flushing/burning and am hoping that further txs will help even more. When I had KTP 532 I did not see improvement.

    I would caution you to go to a doctor with experience and also not to have a tech perform the laser. This is just my opinion of course. There is no guarantee that you won't have any probs with the procedure if a dr does it vs. tech but I feel the chance is less so. Techs can't adjust settings etc. depending on your immediate effect from the laser whereas the dr has more knowledge in that regard.

    All the best,
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    Hey everyone,
    It's Saturday. If you recall, I had my VBeam done on Wednesday. I'm still very bruised but it's fading. Slowly. I keep checking the mirror as if suddenly I'm going to look fine. Hasn't happened yet. I still can't leave the house without Dermablend all over my face, and I canceled my weekend plans. One thing I want to emphasize is I've had this done many times in the past and I've NEVER bruised (maybe a day or two of puffiness, but otherwise I look perfectly normal afterwards). My doctor thinks the bruising may have happened because the settings were too high and I started taking Vitamin E a couple months ago-- apparently that makes people bruise. Also, I took 2 Advil the day before my procedure because I had a headache (you shouldn't take it for at least a week before your VBeam). If only I had known....

    I think it's important that anyone planning to do this test a small area first. Also, I've had good results over the years without having the setting so high that it bruises me. If you're planning on doing it and don't want to look like a small pox victim for two weeks, consider trying a setting that doesn't bruise you. I'll let you know if my results are any better after the sever bruising than they were when I had no bruising at all. I am still looking forward to the results despite the trying experience this has been. I always get compliments on my skin after I do VBeam-- it really does even out skin tone. Hopefully, I'll have similar or even better results this time.

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    Im wondering if you were to take something like advil before a laser treatment, does the pills make the treatment less effective?

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    I have had 4 V Beam treatments and never got bruised, just some blotchy redness and swelling. My pre treatment instructions include not taking any aspirin or NSAID's (ibuprofen) for a week prior to treatment. I would suspect that a couple of Advil the day before would not have made a difference with the bruising, however. I think you have to take vitamin E, NSAID's and anticoagulants regularly for this to put you at risk for bruising. So, the settings were probably quite high on the laser.
    Afterwards, my doctor gives me an ice stick to roll over the lasered areas to help decrease the swelling and I use Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser followed by Topix Replenix CF to aid skin recovery and reduce inflammation.
    So far this routine has worked very well. I still have a little flushing on my face with triggers, such as temperature extremes, but it doesn't turn deep red and persist as it has in the past.
    This is a good treatment for Rosacea, so maybe you can ask for lower setting next time. I have more treatments to come on my neck and so far I am happy with the results I have gotten from VBeam. Best wishes!

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    PS. After treatment I never looked as bad as those pictures depict!
    After treatment last week, my co-workers said that I looked like I had bee stings on my face (just red areas, like hives), but those went away after a day.
    Wow! Those photos would have scared me out of treatment if I'd seen them prior!
    I'd ask for settings that wouldn't create bruises. Use ice packs afterwards.

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    Why start with a high setting with vbeam? Can't you try a lower setting and see what the effects are and go from there? I can understand why someone might not want to repeat a procedure over because of the financial issues but I would rather start on a low setting. Are these deep bruises commonly seen with vbeam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbug187
    After doing some surfing on the net the only picture I could find was a lady on the second page I've linked below. Is this really what happens to everyone that gets v-beam?

    http://mediwire.skyscape.com/main/De...ArticleID=7601
    looking at this pics there are only two explanations: either doc was treating broken vessels only or he's not worth the money - it's barely 20% of the face that has been treated.

    i'd really follow kip's suggestion for first treatment...

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    hello group; i asked for brusing with v beam, i bruised in some places and not in others. the places than bruised more had better results. bruising is good for stubborn redness. that patient in those pictures was treated with too much energy, a good v beam doc(dr crouch or dr ross levy) would never let that happen. dont be afraid to burise or do a test patch.

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    Hi Ross,

    Hope you're doing well and had a nice holiday weekend!

    Have you ever considered the Perfecta VBeam? According to the specialists it can deliver more energy with less bruising or something like that. It supposedly is 30% more effective with less side effects.

    Best wishes,
    Melissa

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