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Reddened facial tissue due to vascular problems can be safely resolved with our vascular lesion treatments. Broken blood vessels and birthmarks, such as port wine stains, can impact your confidence and self-esteem. Our treatments are beneficial for children who are born with vascular lesions that could cause them to be treated differently. Laser treatment is now available to remove visible capillaries, port wine stains, hemangiomas (bright red birthmarks) and acne scars.

What is vascular lesion treatment?

A pulsed dye laser is the gold standard for the removal of vascular lesions and has been successfully used for over 15 years. It is a safe procedure, involving laser light energy being applied to the skin. Vascular lesions absorb the light energy, heating to the point of coagulation. Once this occurs, the lesions are absorbed naturally by the body during the healing process.

How does the PDL (pulsed dye laser) work?

The pulsed dye laser was specifically designed to select blood vessels in a vascular lesion and leave surrounding tissue unharmed. This is why it can be used safely, removing the pigmented tissue without damaging the surrounding skin. This type of laser is so safe that it can be used on children without adverse side effects. The laser includes a cooling device which further protects the skin from overheating and maintains your comfort during the treatment.

What conditions can be treated with the pulsed dye laser?

The following conditions can be treated with the pulsed dye laser:

  • Telangiectasia (blood vessels that cause red thread-like lines on the skin)
  • Rosacea (red facial lesions which can cause one to look sunburned)
  • Port-wine stains (red birthmarks that are generally present at birth)
  • Hemangiomas (a cluster of bright red vessels comprising a birthmark)
  • Spider veins (visible veins which can occur on the legs and face)
  • Poikiloderma (red color pigment on the skin which can be caused by sun damage)

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What is the recovery from treatments with a pulsed dye laser?

Following your treatment, the treated areas of your skin will be sensitive, mildly swollen and warm to the touch. You will be asked to avoid sun exposure and given a topical ointment to apply during the healing process. Ice can be used to mitigate any discomfort. You should avoid any abrasive soaps or rinses to that area of skin for the next few days. You may need to wear a compression bandage depending on where the treatment was performed.

What to expect during your pulsed dye laser treatment?

Your physician will fit you with eye protection to ensure that your eyes are not affected by the laser light during your treatment. The laser handpiece will be passed over the treatment area. You will feel a cooling sensation before the laser pulse which will help to keep the skin at a comfortable temperature. Many patients prefer to have topical anesthesia applied before the treatment to prevent any discomfort during the procedure.

What are the side effects associated with the pulsed dye laser?

There may be some redness, swelling, and sensitivity after your pulsed dye laser treatment. This is normal and tolerated well by most patients. The skin may change color temporarily before the lesion is broken down by the body. All of these side effects are temporary and will resolve on their own.

Am I a candidate for pulsed dye laser treatment?

Pulsed dye laser treatment could be an ideal treatment for you if you are seeking the removal of skin redness or red vascular lesions. If you have a darker complexion, the pulsed dye laser may be an option for you at a lower setting. We have additional treatment options available for those with darker complexions which we can discuss in a private consultation.

When will I see results from my PDL treatment?

Your results could be noticeable immediately after your laser treatment or could require some time to reach optimal results. This will depend on the condition being treated and the number of treatments you need. Many patients will notice the treated skin becomes tighter and more firm.

How many treatments of PDL will I need?

The number of treatments you need will depend on the condition you are treating and its severity. During your consultation, we can inform you about the number of treatments recommended for your circumstances. Most patients will require a series of up to three treatments.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

If your concern is a true medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room

A message from Dr. David Goldberg and the team at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of NY & NJ:

Dear Patients,

Our providers and staff recognize that we are all faced with difficult times as this pandemic continues to unfold throughout our area. However, the continuation of your care remains our top priority!

At this time, our New York City office is temporarily closed.

In our effort to provide you with the highest level of service, the Hackensack and Hillsborough NJ offices will remain open until further notice with limited hours of availability. We ask for your understanding with our protocols on hand washing and social distancing when you arrive for your appointment. Please do not come to the office if you are experiencing a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Should you prefer not to visit the office in person, our providers are now offering virtual office visits. This is commonly known as telemedicine, or in this case, teledermatology. Our dedicated concierge team will assist you in scheduling a virtual appointment with your provider, including those in the New York City office.

Currently, the government mandates that the only way to have these virtual visits is to communicate via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or WhatsApp video. This is because your medical providers needs to see you, and you can show the provider the problem area of your body that you are concerned about. You will also be able to discuss any other issues regarding your ongoing care or for any new skin concerns you may have. Your provider may tell you that an in-person visit may be required for testing or more in-depth examination. In that case, a concierge team member will reach out to schedule an in-office visit.

To schedule your in-person or virtual appointment, please call our office at 908-359-8980 or email [email protected] Our concierge team members will schedule a time for your medical provider to call you back. We have set aside times for all of our medical providers to call you for your virtual appointment.

Please be aware that virtual visits must be billed to your medical health insurance just as they would for an in-person office visit. If your insurance has recently changed, please have that information ready to provide to our team members. Depending on your insurance plan, you may have financial obligations such as co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance just as you would for an in-office visit (at the present time, the government has only waived co-pays related to COVID-19 testing).

We understand that this is a stressful time, but we are here for you!

Stay safe and healthy,

Dr. David Goldberg and the team at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of NY & NJ

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