Everything You Should Know About the Excel V Laser

Posted on December 27, 2023

The Excel V laser is an innovative technology from Cutera, a leading manufacturer of aesthetic laser and light systems. This advanced laser system can treat a variety of skin conditions on the face and body to restore clear, beautiful skin. 

What is the Excel V Laser? 

Excel V is a powerful green laser that targets irregular blood vessels and pigmentation cells (melanin) in the skin. The abnormal cells absorb the green light, which generates heat that destroys the targeted cells. When these cells are destroyed, the appearance of irregular pigmentation or prominent veins on the skin’s surface is eliminated. 

The size of the laser can be adjusted to precisely target the abnormal cells and it has different wavelength modes ranging from short to long pulses to effectively treat superficial irregularities or deep lesions. The laser is also equipped with cooling technology to prevent the surrounding skin from overheating and keep patients comfortable during treatment.

How Does the Excel V Laser Differ from Other Treatments?

There are many different treatment options for vascular lesions, but some of these are invasive, unlike the Excel V laser. Electrosurgery or traditional surgical excision requires tiny incisions in the skin and sclerotherapy requires an injection followed by the use of compression garments during recovery. Excel V laser treatment only takes 15-45 minutes, is completely non-invasive, and requires no downtime.

What Conditions Are Treated with the Excel V Laser? 

Excel V can treat many different types of mild to severe vascular lesions and hyperpigmentation, two common skin concerns. The following skin conditions can be effectively treated with the Excel V laser:

  • Rosacea and diffuse redness
  • Spider veins
  • Venous lake (blue-ish papules on the lips)
  • Scars and keloids
  • Freckles
  • Warts
  • Hyperpigmentation resulting from sun damage
  • Birthmarks like port wine stain and hemangioma

At your consultation, Drs. Kalimullah and Cavanaugh will ask about your concerns to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your needs.

Who is a Good Candidate?

The Excel V laser is safe for all skin types on the Fitzpatrick scale and can treat a wide range of skin conditions, so most patients can benefit from this innovative laser treatment. If you are bothered by irregular skin pigmentation, rosacea symptoms, or prominent veins and vascular lesions, we encourage you to schedule a consultation today to determine whether you are a good candidate for Excel V laser treatment.

What to Expect During Excel V Laser Treatment

On average, patients will receive 2-3 Excel V treatments scheduled a few weeks apart. Each treatment takes 15-45 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area and the severity of the treated condition. Because of the cooling technology equipped with the Excel V system, patients do not find this treatment to be painful. Mild swelling and redness are common the day after treatment, and some patients experience mild scabbing, but there is no downtime required.

Schedule a Consultation

If you want to take the next step toward clear, unblemished skin, we encourage you to schedule a consultation today at the Center for Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine in Chicago, IL. Board-certified dermatologists Drs. Kalimullah and Cavanaugh will be happy to answer any questions you might have about Excel V and will help you determine the best possible treatment for your specific skin concerns.