Vascular and Pigment Laser
Here at Hope Dermatology we use the Cutera Excel V laser to treat vascular and pigmented lesions. It has both the 532nm and 1064nm laser components which allows us to treat many different types of lesions in all skin types effectively and safely.
Colour and texture of the skin are often the defining features people notice in both themselves and others and impacts greatly on whether someone is perceived as youthful or not, more so than wrinkles! Sun damage is usually a combination of pigment and vessels and we can target both elements with each session of the Excel V, giving people a great, visible improvement in their skin tone in even their first session. Depending on your skin concern we usually recommend 2-3 sessions, around 4-6/weeks apart.
We encourage an initial consultation with one of our highly recommended dermatologists to assess your skin concerns and ensure you are receiving the very best advice and care from our experienced medical team of Dermatologists and Cosmetic Nurses.
What is it?
The Cutera Excel V laser for pigment and vascular lesions is the most advanced aesthetic laser available, combining two proven wavelengths of light allowing us the versatility to target both vascular and pigmented lesions effectively and safely. The 532nm/1064nm lasers can treat a broad range of aesthetic and dermatologic skin complaints including:
- Rosacea and general facial redness
- Telangiectasia (broken blood vessels)
- Reticular and Spider Leg veins
- Port wine stains
- Cherry angiomas
- Spider naevi
- Benign pigmented (brown) skin lesions
- Hormonal pigmentation
- General skin sun damage - including sun spots and freckles
How does it work?
All lasers emit a focused light measured in wavelengths that target different colours uniquely. The green light of the 532nm targets redness and has a high affinity for oxyhaemoglobin within the vessels allowing the energy to be absorbed and photocoagulation of the target lesion/vessel. It is safe and effective for superficial vessels, vascular lesions and pigmented lesions in light to medium coloured skin (Fitzpatrick Skin Type I-IV). The 1064nm wavelength allows us to safely treat darker skin types (Fitzpatrick Skin Type I-VI) and deeper lesions and vessels.
What should I expect?
Most treatments are well tolerated as the laser utilises an inbuilt sapphire cooling tip for increased comfort and safety. Expected downtime and side effects of the procedure can vary depending on the indication being treated, skin type, sensitivity, depth and size of the lesion. Our Doctors and Nurses will discuss with you in detail your expected outcomes and potential downtime or complications of laser treatment.
All laser treatments carry risks and side effects and it is important to trust your skin with only qualified, medically trained clinicians to ensure the safety and protection of your skin, and that only the most appropriate technology is utilised for your skin complaints, taking into account your medical and family history.