Wrinkles get most of the attention, but they aren’t the only imperfection that can make you look older or feel self-conscious about your appearance. Freckles, broken blood vessels, acne scars, age spots and other blemishes can take a serious toll on your self-esteem and make you long for the days when you could confidently go without using makeup or clothing to conceal your skin.
Many skin conditions manifest in the form of abnormal blood vessels or pigmentation. Although they rarely pose a threat to your health, these conditions can have a major impact on your quality of life. The cosmetic team at Capitol Vein & Laser Centers offer treatment for various pigment and vascular issues with excel V, a powerful noninvasive laser system designed to deliver customized treatment with minimal downtime.
What is excel V™?
The excel V laser treatment at Capitol Vein & Laser Centers uses a high-powered, precise laser to reverse vascular skin conditions, pigmentation concerns and signs of aging. Developed by Cutera, the award-winning excel V incorporates two proven wavelengths to address over 20 indications on all skin types. One wavelength is used to improve superficial vascular lesions, including diffuse redness, rosacea and telangiectasias. A secondary wavelength can address deeper, darker vascular lesions, including unsightly veins, venous lakes and venous malformations.
How does it work?
The excel V system emits a green laser that targets blood vessels and pigment in the skin. When we use the excel V laser for broken capillaries, the laser is absorbed by an abnormal blood vessel and the light is converted into heat energy, which causes the vessel to collapse and seal shut. Eventually, the unwanted vessel is absorbed by the body and the skin returns to its natural color. Pigmented lesions are erased in a similar manner. The laser is absorbed by cells containing excessive concentrations of pigment (melanin) and generates heat. The pigmented lesion reacts by darkening at first, then flaking off to restore an even, natural skin tone.
What Conditions Does Excel V Treat?
With its advanced dual-wavelength technology, the Excel V laser can safely and effectively treat a wide range of vascular lesions and benign pigmented lesions. Excel V has been shown effective in improving the following conditions:
- Diffuse redness
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne discoloration
- Acne scars
- Cherry angiomas
- Small red veins
- Port wine stains
- Venous lakes
- Sun spots
- Age/brown spots
Why Choose Excel V to Treat These Concerns?
For women and men seeking nonsurgical solutions to their cosmetic concerns, laser treatments can deliver outstanding results with little to no downtime. The Cutera excel V is the new gold standard in laser treatment thanks to its numerous advantages for both patients and physicians:
- Nonsurgical treatments performed in the comfort of our office
- Versatile system that is customized to the patient’s specific needs
- Adjustable spot size enables precise and effective treatment Integrated cooling technology optimizes patient comfort and safety
- Can treat all Fitzpatrick skin types
- No incisions, stitches or required downtime
- Some patients see significant improvements after just one treatment
What Is Excel V Treatment Like?
When you visit your local Capitol Vein & Laser Center, you will first have a consultation to determine if treatment with excel V is right for you. Your cosmetic provider will use this time to examine your skin and discuss your goals, and to select the appropriate treatment settings for your concerns. Excel V treatments do not require topical numbing. Your cosmetic provider will pass the handpiece over your skin while it delivers pulses of laser light to the targeted pigment or blood vessel. Some patients feel a sting, similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin, or a warming sensation during the procedure. The device contains an in-built cooling mechanism that protects your skin and minimizes discomfort for the duration of the treatment.
What Should I Expect After Excel V?
After an excel V session, you may experience redness and/or swelling in the treated area. These effects usually resolve within a day or two and do not prevent patients from wearing makeup or returning to their regular activities. There is no required downtime after this laser treatment. If you are using the excel V laser for pigmentation, the treated pigmented lesions will darken and slough off within a week or so.
How Effective Is Excel V?
Lasers are among the most versatile tools in medicine. The excel V laser system can treat any area of the body and can address multiple skin concerns in one session. Some patients achieve their desired results in just one session. Others require two or more sessions to produce the desired outcome. The number of treatments necessary to accomplish your goals will depend on various parameters, including the issue being treated, the size of the area and your skin type. Your cosmetic provider will advise you of how many treatments you should plan for at your initial consultation.
Am I a Good Candidate for the Excel V Laser?
A wide range of people are candidates for this laser skin treatment. Unlike some lasers, the excel V can treat all skin tones identified in the Fitzpatrick skin type classification system. This may be a good option for you if you’re looking for a noninvasive way to treat facial veins, spider veins and small leg veins. Large, knotty varicose veins may require a different treatment approach, such as sclerotherapy. Excel V may also be appropriate for you if you wish to improve rosacea or generalized redness, or you want to remove pigmented age spots, liver spots, brown birthmarks or freckles on your face, arms, hands or legs.
What is Laser Genesis and How Does It Work?
Another unique component of the Excel is Laser Genesis, a nonablative treatment that works by mildly heating the upper dermis – the middle layer of your skin. This, in turn, stimulates the growth and production of collagen. The laser also targets small facial capillaries which helps to diminish redness and improve rosacea. Over the course of several treatments, Laser Genesis can rejuvenate the skin and restore a youthful glow and appearance. The results are subtle, but a series of treatments can result in a dramatic change in the youthfulness and clarity of your skin’s appearance.
What Can I Expect During My Laser Genesis Treatment?
During the procedure, you’ll experience a gentle warming of the skin’s surface. Our patients often describe the procedure as relaxing and restorative. You may be asked to wear protective goggles during your treatment as a precaution. There is no downtime and you may resume normal activity right away.
What Does Laser Genesis Treat?
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven texture
- Fine lines
For Clear Skin, Call Capitol Vein & Laser Centers Today
When it comes to the treatment of unsightly veins and unwanted pigmentation, residents of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania can confidently rely on Capitol Vein & Laser Centers. Dr. Paul McNeill, Dr. Garth Rosenberg and their cosmetic staff are committed to providing every patient with personalized care and their combined decades of expertise. We understand that skin conditions can cause significant distress in your daily life and look forward to offering you the best, most comprehensive treatment available. Call us today at (866) 695-8346 to learn more about how an excel V or Laser Genesis treatment can help restore the clear, youthful and beautiful complexion you deserve.