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Laser Procedures

Treatment of facial redness and broken blood vessels

PDL, or Pulse Dye Laser is the gold standard for treatment of red or vascular lesions on the face and body commonly referred to as "broken blood vessels". PDL technology uses a a bright beam of light that is pulsed on the skin to selectively destroy the blood vessels in an unwanted lesion without damaging surrounding skin areas.

At MDA, we use the VBeam PDL by Candela to treat a variety of skin conditions such as rosacea and facial telangectasia, broken capillaries, cherry angiomas, hemangiomas, port wine stain birthmarks, red hypertrophic scarring, blemishes left behind from acne, and newer stretch marks.

The VBeam laser can also be used to treat unwanted pigmentation caused by the natural aging of the skin and sun exposure such as freckles, melasma, or "sun spots" known as solar lentigines.

For the most procedures, this safe and highly effective treatment option has minimal discomfort and downtime. For many skin conditions, a significant improvement to the treated areas can be seen in as little as one treatment, with a series 3-6 treatments generally recommended for optimal results.

Treatment of brown spots or pigmentation

A PDL or IPL laser device can be used to treat unwanted pigmentation such as sun spots (solar lentigines). These are caused by the natural aging of the skin and sun exposure. Typically 3-4 treatments are recommended for maximal results. The laser treatment itself causes the brown spots to become crusted and flake over the course of several days or weeks with minimal to no discomfort.


IPL (Intense pulsed light) devices use multiple wavelengths of light to treat the appearance of aging and sun damaged skin. The IPL can help to improve blotchy pigmentation and discoloration and redness of the skin. It can also stimulate the natural production of collagen in the skin. At least 3 treatments (3-6 sessions) are recommended for optimal results and these are typically spaced 4-8 weeks apart. Treatment causes the skin to be slightly pink and swollen for a few days and possibly bruised in areas. Overall the treatment is well tolerated with minimal downtime.

Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago