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Candela V-Beam Laser and Excel-V Laser

Using both the Candela V-Beam laser or pulsed dye laser (PDL) and the Excel-V laser, the physicians at Cascade Eye & Skin Centers can treat a wide variety of conditions, including:

Vascular Birthmarks

A vascular birthmark is caused by an abnormal grouping of blood vessels and is usually red, but it can range from tan, brown, and black to blue and purple. These marks can vary in size and sometimes grow or shrink as you age. Among the most common types of vascular birthmarks include:

  • Port-wine stains: reddish-purple area caused by enlarged blood vessels
  • Superficial venous malformations: blue or purple area where veins have not properly developed
  • Persistent nevus simplex: a type of capillary malformation seen in 30-40% of newborns

Although a majority of birthmarks are harmless, they may affect you or your child’s self-confidence, depending on the size of the mark. Fortunately, our Candela V-Beam and Excel-V lasers are able to shrink the size of the blood vessels, improving the appearance of these blemishes. If you or your child’s birthmark ever itches, bleeds, hurts, or becomes infected, you should contact your healthcare provider right away.

Acquired Vascular Lesions

Acquired vascular lesions are skin malformations that appear filled with blood. They differ from congenital or hereditary lesions in that they are not present at birth but develop months or years later. Some of the most frequently seen acquired vascular lesions include:

  • Angiokeratomas: small dark spots that occur due to dilated and widened capillaries
  • Venous lakes: elevated papules arising from dilated veins, typically from chronic sun exposure
  • Diffuse telangiectasias: dilated or broken blood vessels appearing as fine lines
  • Spider angiomas: collection or dilated blood vessels, presents in a “spider” web-like structure
  • Cherry angiomas: bright red skin growths due to small blood vessels

Cascade’s concentrated PDLs are able to emit enough heat to shrink or remove any acquired vascular lesions.

Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea

Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is one of the main types of rosacea, which is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that primarily affects the face. This condition is characterized by flare-ups and remissions of persistent facial redness and flushing, along with visible blood vessels. Utilizing the Candela V-Beam and Excel-V lasers, our physicians can decrease facial redness and diminish the appearance of visible blood vessels.

Erythematous Acne Scars

Erythematous acne scars are pink or red blemishes that are left on your skin following an acne breakout. Acne scars are most likely to develop in patients with light skin tones and may not resolve for several months. Although this condition is harmless, erythematous acne scars may be fairly noticeable and affect your confidence, which is why our practice proudly offers PDL treatment to help erase these spots.

Fraxel DUAL Laser

Cascade Eye & Skin Centers also utilizes the Fraxel DUAL Laser to revitalize skin tone and radiance. This treatment can improve the appearance of scars and fine lines by promoting new collagen production with minimal downtime. This innovative CO2 laser can help treat:

  • Pitted scars
  • Skin texture changes related to resolved acne lesions
  • Rolled scars
  • Pigmentation changes
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Photoaging

Usually, acne scars will take more than one treatment session, or the Fraxel laser can be used in conjunction with other modalities:

  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP): regenerative medicine composed of the patient’s own plasma to amplify natural growth factors
  • Subcision: releases acne scars from the underlying tissue and triggers the release of collagen
  • Microneedling: involves pricking the skin’s surface with small, sterilized needles to boost collagen and elastin production
  • Chemical peels: promote skin firmness and diminishes pigment discoloration by removing the top layer of dead skin cells
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