Cutera Excel V: A New Approach to Treating Vascular Skin Conditions

Millions of Americans are affected by such vascular skin conditions as rosacea, spider veins and telangiectasia, which can cause unsightly broken blood vessels, discoloration and lesions to appear on the face and legs. People affected by these skin conditions often report feeling embarrassed or self‐conscious, which can deter them from attending social events or even going out in public. While much progress has been made to identify the causes of these conditions, treatment options have been largely limited to procedures that incur adverse side effects, such as surgery, electrosurgery and sclerotherapy. Now, there's a new approach to treating vascular skin conditions that puts patients’ safety and comfort first. Excel V uses a high-powered green laser that is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels in the skin. The laser heats and eliminates the abnormal vessels, ultimately restoring normal skin tone and color. Excel V can be customized to each patient’s skin condition, enabling precise and effective treatment of everything from superficial blemishes to deep scars. The system leverages innovative cooling technologies to ensure patient comfort, and there are no long‐term side effects or downtime.

Common Conditions Treated with Excel V

  • Rosacea: Rosacea is a common disorder that mainly affects skin on the face. While it is typically characterized by harmless cosmetic symptoms, such as facial redness, some patients also complain of heating or discomfort when they flush. Rosacea triggers can include strenuous exercise, extreme temperatures, alcohol and spicy foods.
  • Telangiectasia: Telangiectasias are tiny broken blood vessels that are permanently fixed in the dilated state. While they usually do not present medical problems, they do create cosmetic concerns as they take on the appearance of fine red lines coursing through the surface of facial skin.
  • Leg Veins: Leg veins are dilated vessels that range from large veins to small telangiectasias. Non‐laser treatment of leg veins typically involves sclerotherapy, a procedure in which a liquid is injected into the damaged vessels to harden and destroy the vessel wall. Excel V can treat leg veins up to 4mm in diameter.
  • Port Wine Stain: A port wine stain is a type of red or purple birthmark made of dilated blood capillaries. They often appear on the face and do not fade unless they are treated. Non‐laser treatment of port wine stains includes radiation, freezing and surgery, often resulting in pain and scarring.
  • Cherry Angioma: Cherry angiomas are small red bumps that appear spontaneously on the skin. They typically appear in middle age and will proliferate. Non‐laser treatment of cherry angiomas includes cryosurgery and electrosurgery.

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Posted on September 26, 2012 and filed under Skin Care.