The excel® V Laser System is a new and state-of-the-art laser technology for treating vascular skin conditions such as rosacea, spider veins and telangiectasia and pigmented lesions including sunspots. excel® V can be altered to be compatible with each patient’s skin condition. excel® V also has an adjustable spot size which allows for precise treatment of 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.
How does excel® V work?
excel® V provides 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, and at the end of treatment, the patient’s natural skin tone and color are restored.
What are the benefits of excel® V?
excel® V is treatments 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.
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 handpiece 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 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 improvement after just one treatment.
Individual results may vary.