Discover the award-winning Excel V™ that reduces or eliminates vascular areas and red/brown skin conditions (resurfaces)
Vascular lesions are the result of numerous or large vessels that form directly underneath the skin. This usually results in a red appearance in the skin since the vessels can be visible through the skin. These lesions occur in many sizes, shapes and forms all over the body including spider veins, broken capillaries, acne scars, age or sun spots, and even rosacea. Vascular skin conditions or skin pigmentation disorders can often be distressing and cause embarrassment or mental strife.
With the award-winning Excel V™, unsightly vascular or pigmentation lesions can be eliminated and skin returned to it’s natural color and tone. Excel V is the only solid state laser system incorporating two super-precise laser wavelengths (532/1064 nm) in one easy-to-use device. The high power green laser targets abnormal blood vessels and pigment in the skin and delivers targeted laser treatment that can be altered to be compatible with each patient’s skin condition. Excel V also has an adjustable spot size which allows for precise and effective treatment from both superficial and deeper problems.
To ensure patient comfort, Excel V uses new cooling technologies which produce continuous cooling before, during and after the laser pulse. It’s unique continuous cooling contacts also remove the risk of poor results due to over-treated and under-cooled areas.
Capable of treating approximately 20 unique indications on every skin type, the Excel V laser system features the broadest set of capabilities for treating the widest range of vascular and benign pigmented lesions.
How does the Excel-V™ work?
Excel V, which was developed by Cutera, is a new laser system for providing treatment of a variety of vascular skin conditions. Many skin conditions manifest in the form of broken or abnormal blood vessels in the skin, such is the case with rosacea, in which the facial blood vessels dilate excessively causing redness and flushing. Excel V treats these conditions by administering a unique high power green laser that is absorbed by the abnormal blood vessels in the skin. The laser heats the abnormal vessels until they are removed. At the end of treatment, the patient’s natural skin tone and color are restored.
What specific conditions does the Excel-V™ treat?
Excel V has been shown effective at treating a number of conditions, including rosacea, telangiectasias, leg veins, port wine stains, and cherry angiomas. Excel V treats mild and severe forms of these conditions. The system may also have a cosmetic benefit for patients who have skin lesions or scars from past injuries or surgeries.
What are the benefits of the Excel-V™ compared to other treatments?
The benefit of Excel V is that the treatment can be highly adjusted to ensure that the physician is delivering a level of treatment that specifically matches the patient’s skin condition. The system contains various wavelength modes, allowing the delivery of both short pulses for superficial blemishes, such as small lesions and skin discoloration, and longer pulses for deeper vascular conditions, such as leg veins and nodular port wine stains. It also offers a wide range of laser spot sizes to ensure that small treatment areas can be targeted at greater precision and larger areas can be treated in a shorter period. This high level of customization is what makes Excel V so effective at treating, often in one session, so many different conditions, which, in the past, would have required several different systems or procedures.
Are there other laser treatment options for these conditions?
Yes, there are other laser treatment options available for skin conditions. The challenge usually associated with laser treatment is tailoring the treatment to precisely match the patient’s unique skin condition. Some existing lasers may be effective for treating a condition at one size and depth, but may not work effectively on conditions that affect a larger area.
How is the procedure performed?
After an initial consultation with the patient, the physician determines if treatment with the Excel V is appropriate. Unlike other procedures, injections or topical anesthesia are not required throughout the duration of the 15 – 30 minute procedure. Depending on the condition, the physician places the Excel V hand piece over the affected areas of the skin until the abnormal vessels diminish. To minimize discomfort and protect the patient’s skin, the Excel V uses a proprietary cooling mechanism.
What skin types does the Excel-V™ treat?
All skin types identified in the Fitzpatrick skin type classification can be treated with the Excel V system. This classification denotes 6 different skin types, ranging from very light (type I) to very dark (type VI). The 532nm wavelength is ideal for treating skin types I – IV and the 1064nm mode can be used on all skin types I – VI.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of sessions depends on various parameters, including the size, thickness and color of the vascular lesion. Superficial vascular lesions such as small telangiectasia and diffused redness are easiest to treat; some patients might see significant improvement after just one treatment.