by Meredith L. Phillips
Pulsed Dye Laser can be a quick fix for the redness and splotches that some of us encounter in the mirror each day. This laser treatment is also used for more serious conditions such as port wine stains, but it was pure vanity and curiosity that brought me to the offices of Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center.
After gathering information from cosmetic nurse Stephanie Heck, as well as a vast amount of online resources, I felt quite nervous but excited at the idea of stepping out with a fresher face to meet the world each day. With a bit of apprehension but all the courage I could muster, three times this year I have subjected myself to the only real cosmetic procedure I have ever experienced. With all the comfort of being snapped repeatedly in the face with a rubber band, the process is not exactly friendly, yet it is hardly unbearable. Watery eyes are my main reaction to actual treatment, though the biggest sting I have suffered is arriving for appointments without makeup and leaving with a red face.
My Pulsed Dye Laser results were a bit mixed. Unfortunately the tiny red vessels around my nose will not stay gone. They disappear instantly when treated but crop up within a week or two. Apparently my rocasea isn't giving up so easily. Or maybe it is the rough treatment from the thousands of tissues I have had to use this cold season. The good news is that after three 15-minute appointments, most of them have disappeared and only a couple vessels remain visible.
However, my tiny purplish blood vessels that sat in the area where many people have the commonly named "parentheses" or "smile lines" have completely vanished! I never had much of a smile line (maybe because I take life way too seriously), but I had these purple lines that appeared in photographs to be the hated wrinkle that ironically cause frowning by most women. With a treatment or two, these little veins were zapped into oblivion and have yet to return. Now I have a real reason to smile more often!
Unexpected spots also cleared up instantly, including the area I not-so-lovingly referred to for the past 20 years as my "dog bite." The half-circle arrangement of teen acne scars that have caused me years of embarrassment has disappeared after just a single treatment. Beautiful! This is most certainly the biggest success of this process. I did not realize it was a treatable area, so it was also the biggest surprise.
Overall, the Pulsed Dye Laser treatments have cleared several of my reddened areas and have given me the confidence to regularly skip concealer and to occasionally even go without foundation, as well, thus saving me precious time in my morning routine. I find the results quite surprising and, for me, well worth the small amount of discomfort and initial redness that I endured.
For more information on Pulsed Dye Laser, contact Nurse Stephanie Heck at Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center in Saint Joseph, Missouri.