Arbutus Laser

Vbeam® Pulsed Dye Laser

A global, comprehensive approach is key to achieving desired outcomes.

Skin Rejuvenation & Resurfacing


Did you know our very first laser was a Vbeam® bought in 1992?

Arbutus Laser Centre was the first facility in Vancouver to offer the Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) in 1992. We began by treating facial veins, rosacea, and infants with port wine stains. With time, our scope of treating vascular concerns expanded, being able to treat all kinds of various conditions such as cherry hemangiomas, scars, periorbital veins, venous lakes, Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) and more.

Our Skin Department staff have a combined background of Medicine, Nursing and Esthetics. Our vast experience allows us to provide exceptional results for our patients whether the goal is treatment of a specific concern, prevention or regeneration.

Our team is committed to continuous learning and has undergone extensive training in laser and resurfacing treatments. We embrace every opportunity to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field. We have literally performed thousands of treatments. When you choose Arbutus Laser for your treatments, you can trust that you are in the hands of experienced professionals dedicated to helping you achieve your desired skin goals.

"If it’s a skin concern for you, it’s a concern for us."

If it's a concern for you,
it's one for us.


WHAT IS Pulsed Dye Laser ?

Operating at a specific wavelength, the Vbeam® Pulsed Dye Laser emits intense bursts of light that selectively target blood vessels in the skin. As a result, it proves highly effective in treating a diverse range of concerns, including vascular lesions such as spider veins, port wine stains, cherry angiomas, and rosacea.
Its application in scar revision has also been recognized, particularly for improving the redness of some scars.
An additional benefit of the Vbeam® Pulsed Dye Laser is its effectiveness in reducing redness and flushing associated with conditions like rosacea.

Areas of treatment & benefits include:



VBeam - Spider Veins



VBeam - Venous Lake


15-45 minutes depending on treatment area


1-7 days of redness and swelling


mostly cleared vascularity, except for some conditions


2 or more sessions, up to 2 months apart


mild to moderate

Our Approach to Pulse Dye Lasers

Although we have an extensive array of devices capable of treating vascular concerns (Excel V, Gmax Pro, Elos IPL, multiple NdYag devices) our Pulsed Dye Vbeam® lasers have been the backbone of this area of our practice since we opened our doors in 1992. We use them to treat everything from post-injection and surgical bruising, to angiomas and vascular birthmarks. We often use it in conjunction with IPL to treat pesky distinct facial veins. Our Pulsed Dye lasers are such useful tools that we have 2 of them!


Pulsed Dye lasers are not good for tanned skin types and sun exposure must be avoided after treatment. Multiple sessions may be expected, and not all veins can be treated in a single session. Potential side effects, such as temporary redness, swelling, bruising, or changes in skin pigmentation may occur. Although achieved results are mostly permanent, additional veins or lesions may continue to develop as we age.


Pricing for Pulsed Dye laser treatments start at $250 and will vary based on the treatment area and the concerns being treated.


Consultation is generally required for treatments with a Pulsed Dye laser and may be booked with our reception desk, but if you are already in our office for other services, please feel free to ask us if our Vbeam® might be right for you!

Have more questions?

We have answers! 

Our experienced team is ready to help.


Q: Is the Vbeam® Laser safe?

A: Yes, the Vbeam® Pulsed Dye Laser is considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced medical professional. However, like any medical procedure, it may carry some risks, such as temporary redness, swelling, bruising, or changes in skin pigmentation.

Q: Does Vbeam® Laser treatment hurt?

A: Most patients report minimal discomfort during the procedure. The laser has a cooling system to help reduce any potential discomfort, and topical anesthesia can also be applied if needed.

Q: How many sessions are typically needed for desired results?

A: The number of sessions required varies depending on the specific condition being treated and individual skin response. In many cases, significant improvement can be seen after just one treatment, while others may require multiple sessions for optimal results.

Q: Is there any downtime after Vbeam® Laser treatment?

A: Generally, there is little to no downtime associated with the Vbeam® Pulsed Dye Laser. Some patients may experience mild to moderate redness or swelling immediately after the procedure, which typically subsides within a few hours up to 7 days.

Q: Can Vbeam® Laser treat all skin types?

A: The Vbeam® Pulsed Dye Laser is safe and effective for various skin types. However, it is essential to consult with a qualified practitioner to determine if the treatment is suitable for your specific skin condition.

Q: Are there any specific pre-treatment instructions?

A: We will provide you with personalized pre-treatment instructions, which may include avoiding sun exposure, discontinuing certain skincare products, or abstaining from certain medications that could increase skin sensitivity.

Q: What should I expect during a Vbeam® Laser session?

A: During the session, you will wear protective eyewear, and we will use the laser to target the affected areas. You may feel a mild sensation similar to a rubber band snap, but discomfort is generally minimal and quick.

Q: Can the Vbeam® Laser be combined with other treatments?

A: Yes, the Vbeam® Pulsed Dye Laser can be combined with other treatments depending on your specific skin care needs and goals. We will customize a treatment plan for you.

Q: How long do the results of Vbeam® Laser treatment last?

A: The results of Vbeam® Laser treatment can be long-lasting, especially when combined with proper skincare and sun protection. However, maintenance sessions may be recommended to sustain the benefits over time.