Happily, the list is long. Unwanted facial and body hair can be permanently eliminated. Leg veins can be targeted and destroyed, as can fine dilated facial blood vessels (telangiectasias). The XEO CoolGlide handpieces can treat unwanted pigment changes, such as sun spots, aging spots, birthmarks and rosacea. In photorejuvenation mode, the laser provides heat to the underlying dermis to stimulate collagen growth, smoothing out overlying fine lines and wrinkles.
More than any other technology, laser therapy has emerged as the major tool in aesthetic therapy. The application of light waves to the skin has evolved dramatically with longer wavelengths of light treating deeper structures, the use of pulsed (as opposed to continuous) durations minimizing discomfort from heat, and wider beams covering greater areas more quickly. As a result, the number of conditions amenable to laser therapy has skyrocketed.
The process starts with a consultation, which is free of charge. Laser therapy is a time-consuming but relatively straightforward process. The area under treatment is shaved, cooled with ice packs and a topical anaesthetic gel is applied. This newest generation laser minimizes any burning sensation since the attachment head is cold water cooled. Treatment sessions may last 15-45 minutes. After each session, cool compresses and a soothing gel is applied to the area. A pink or reddish painless discoloration of treated areas is to be expected, usually lasting several hours. You may be asked to use ace wraps, support stockings or to avoid sun exposure for a short time afterward, depending upon the area treated. Specific instructions will be provided at the time of treatment.
Technically, the Cutera XEO Laser is a long pulsed neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser--a source of light energy to which attachment heads are applied and settings adjusted depending upon the condition being treated, skin and hair color and texture, and the depth of penetration required. The key is to heat treat the appropriate layer of skin depth leaving the layers on top cool and undamaged.
superficial leg veins
dilated facial vessels
facial or body hair
sun and aging spots
fine lines and wrinkles
What is the Cutera Laser?
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What can I expect?
How many treatments will I need?
Although individuals vary, leg veins usually require 2 treatment sessions, hair removal 3-6 sessions (usually 4). Photorejuvenation with the XEO Laser Genesis attachment requires the greatest number of treatment sessions (usually 4, each separated by 2 weeks). Obviously, a more precise estimate of treatment duration will be available at the time of your initial consultation.