I did Vbeam yesterday. Actually I had not planned to take it, I was just there to ask questions about laser, my particular case, possible contraindications etc. But the dermatologist assumed I was there to do laser treatment so after a while he told me to lie down, it felt not polite to resist, and suddenly I was doing the treatment. Post treatment I got kind of scared, what have I done now etc. Anyways, I was quite red after the treatment but there was no swelling. The redness faded down to a more manageable level after some hours and I felt kind of great. This seemed to be going pretty well...
BUT that was before I saw myself in the mirror today. My cheeks has swollen up looking like their going to pop, it was not looking good at all. Why didn't the derm talk about this..hrmpfff. The swelling have subsided a little by now and I have read that it's pretty normal after v-beam but I still have some questions:
1) Do you now if the swelling are caused by irritation/inflamation or is it due to that the pulse dye laser is causing blockage to the lymph vessels causing lymphedema? If the latter is true is it so that I now will have an increased problem with swelling over time even though the swelling subsides after some days (Partly broken or not optimal working lymph vessels)? Can you remember if you have had increased problems with swelling when flushing, also long time after vbeam treatments? I haven't had problems with swelling before so I'm afraid that it should become a new component of my rosacea.
2) Will the swelling subside to completely normal or would there be a slight puffiness due to "stretching" of skin and fat? I'm asking because my swelling are uneven, one of my cheeks are much bigger than the other. I'm fearing that I will look slightly uneven post swelling as well.
3) Whats your suggestions to ease the edema, and make healing go faster with minimal damage? I have been doing the following: Eating antihistamines, sleeping with raised head, cooling the area down infrequently, drinking several cups of water and doing some very light exercize to encourage lymph draining. Other suggestions?