Why Dye-VL Is Superior for Pigmented Lesions

By Dr. Christopher Cote and Dr. Nicolette Picerno on June 30, 2020 under Laser Treatment

Why Dye-VL Is Superior for Pigmented Lesions

At FacesFirst, we use an advanced system called the Harmony XL Pro for laser treatments. This system has many applications for a variety of skin conditions. One of its most popular modules is called Dye-VL, which is a useful, safe, and effective treatment for pigmented lesions.

What is Dye-VL?

Dye-VL is a module of the Harmony XL Pro system designed to treat pigmented lesions. It is a highly customizable, safe, and effective laser skin treatment.

How Does Dye-VL Work?

Dye-VL works using a narrow band of pulsating light, and it is considered a technologically advanced type of IPL laser. IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light. It also can be called Broad Base Light. This narrow band of pulsating light means that the treatment is incredibly precise, allowing the technician to treat the exact area of the lesion or blood vessel responsible for the irregular skin tone without damaging any surrounding skin. FaceFirst also prefers this precise technology because it makes it easier to target hard-to-reach areas where other laser treatments were more difficult to control. This precision makes it a safer treatment compared to other laser options for patients with pigmented lesions. Like other types of IPL lasers, the treatment works by damaging melanin, or pigment, in the skin to reduce darkened areas.

In addition, the treatment uses IN-Motion technology to enhance your comfort throughout the treatment. This essentially means that the heat from the laser is applied more gradually compared to other treatments, which results in a noticeably more comfortable procedure.

What Dye-VL Be Used For?

Dye-VL is intended for vascular lesions, which are visible abnormalities in the skin commonly referred to as birthmarks. Several types of vascular lesions or birthmarks are treatable using Dye-VL, including:

  • Port wine stains (a deep red or maroon mark on the skin)
  • Rosacea (Persistent redness, resulting in a flushed appearance)
  • Hemangioma (also called a “strawberry mark”)
  • Venous malformation (abnormally developed veins which may appear purple, red, or blue on the skin)

Is Dye-VL the Right Treatment for Me?

If you wish to remove vascular lesions, Dye-VL may be the most effective treatment for you. The Harmony XL Pro system is generally safe for all skin types. However, there are a few reasons why Drs. Cote or Picerno may recommend an alternative treatment instead.

After receiving Dye-VL treatment, the treatment area should not be exposed to sun for at least four weeks. This means that depending on your lifestyle or the season, you may be advised to wait before scheduling a Dye-VL session.

In addition, patients with certain health concerns may not be suited to Dye-VL treatment. For example, you may not be a candidate if you have epilepsy, an active infection, or vitiligo. It is also not recommended if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking certain medications resulting in photosensitivity.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re interested in trying Dye-VL to treat pigmented lesions, schedule an appointment with FacesFirst. Our expert staff will answer all of your questions and be able to determine whether Dye-VL or another treatment is best suited to you. To schedule your consultation, call (720) 414-3332 or request an appointment online.