Hello, Warriors! Welcome to The Breast Place blog and thank you for taking time out of your active schedule to visit! We appreciate our readers to the utmost degree, as we do our patients. Hopefully, you’re taking advantage of the current climate and enjoying our lovely city in autumn. If this is your first visit to The Breast Place blog, we cover a range of topics here. From breast cancer management to anti-aging skin treatments to helpful tips for maximizing your overall health and wellness—The Breast Place is committed to sharing the best health practices and treatment options with you! Our offices are open and our staff are prepared to answer any questions you may have about your health, your breast cancer risk, and how to reach your aesthetic goals.
Before we dive too deeply into today’s topic, we’d like to make you aware of a few promotions available at The Breast Place this holiday season. We know you’re currently on the hunt for the best gifts for your friends and family. Well, The Breast Place is here to help! This December, we’re premiering a reimagined BOGO sale. Buy one, gift one. You can schedule a discounted Secret RF or Laser Genesis treatment session for yourself and a loved one after Black Friday. Keep a close eye on our social media for more information on our BOGO sale! End this year with a treat and start off the new year right at The Breast Place!
Our last article detailed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on breast cancer screenings. As we’ve discussed previously, early detection is one of the best tools we have in the fight against breast cancer. Every year, when we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is with the hope more women will take their health into their own hands and participate in regular screenings. The pandemic set back this effort considerably. Many clinics which offered breast cancer screenings diverted or temporarily discontinued their services. More women stayed home than ever before, abiding by the lockdowns which characterized the early stages of the pandemic and fearful of what might happen if they sought preventative medical care. For some individuals, the pandemic influenced their decision to put off being screened and this postponement cost them valuable time in the fight against cancer. Breast cancer screening rates have yet to return to their pre-pandemic numbers and that’s why we’re doing everything we can to spread awareness. We understand the last two years have been hectic and unpredictable. However, the wonderful thing about breast cancer screenings is they take an average of thirty minutes. We think thirty minutes is a worthy trade-off for the value offered by breast cancer screening results. If you’re interested in learning more about the impact the coronavirus had on breast cancer, read our most recent article here!
Today, we’re diving deep into one of our advanced skincare technologies—excel® V+ by Cutera. This laser-based treatment is incredibly popular among our patients and with good reason! Similarly to Secret RF (which we provided a comprehensive explanation of here), excel V+ can resurface the skin, bringing you one step closer to your aesthetic goals with each session. In this article, we’ll discuss how excel V+ uses laser technology to target common skin concerns. We’ll answer any questions you may have about what excel V+ can and cannot be used for. We’ll delve into a few potential side-effects, as well as how many sessions are needed to see significant results. We believe patients should have a clear understanding of their treatment, as this empowers them to make the best decisions concerning their aesthetic care. If you’re interested in learning more about excel V+, read on!
What can excel V+ be used for?
We think the better question is: What can’t excel V+ be used for? This technology specializes in targeting vascular and pigment-based issues, both of which are commonly the root cause of skin concerns. For example, excel V+ might be used to target spot hyperpigmentation such as sunspots or freckles. On the other hand, rosacea and broken blood vessels are also fair game for excel V+. The common thread between all skin ailments capable of being treated with excel V+ is their color. We’ll explain this more in detail in the next section, but simply put: the wavelengths featured in the excel V+ laser are absorbed more readily by reds and browns, then secondarily by blues and purples. Therefore, certain scars, leg veins, or angiomas can be treated by excel V+, too. Here’s a comprehensive list of eligible ailments: rosacea, angiomas, port wine stains, scars, poikiloderma or sun aging, venous lakes, facial veins, freckles, dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN), spider veins, skin tags, acne scars, and wrinkles.
How does excel V+ work?
As we mentioned briefly during the last section, the magic of excel V+ is derived from the lasers used. Laser treatments are incredibly diverse in their intended effect. As you know, lasers can be used to remove hair, melt fat, stimulate collagen production, and resurface the skin. However, the specific purpose of a laser comes down almost entirely to its wavelength. The wavelength of a laser is responsible for allowing the laser to penetrate deeper into the skin, deliver more precise power, and be absorbed by the correct recipient. In the case of excel V+, these recipients are the chromophores (or colors) present in browns and reds within the skin. In other words, melanin, oxyhemoglobin (or oxygen-rich blood), and water. The excel V+ operates at two wavelengths: 532 nm and 1064 nm (“nm” standing for nanometers). Are you still with us?
The 532 nm wavelength is absorbed the fastest and thus is used to target vascular lesions on the surface of the skin. This is the wavelength most likely to be used on rosacea, general redness, and spider veins. Now, the 1064 nm wavelength on the other hand, is absorbed more slowly and thus is used to treat vascular lesions much deeper within the skin (and legs). This is the wavelength most likely to be used on venous lakes, venous malformations, and visible veins. Both of these wavelengths are scientifically more effective than other wavelengths (such as 595 nm) at targeting the skin concerns mentioned above. For this reason, excel V+ is an award-winning cosmetic application.
Now, the excel V+ wavelengths can also be distributed at varying widths, ranging from 16mm (or the size of a dime) to 2mm (or one-eighth the circumference of a dime). This gives the professional utilizing the machine plenty of control over the area they’re targeting and minimizes “collateral tissue damage.” The excel V+ also has an integrated smart cooling system, which allows the professional to adjust the temperature of the contact tip, which is the only portion of the machine which comes into physical contact with the patient. The excel V+ can be used on any skin type, which makes this laser technology a safe option for those of a darker complexion.
What can you expect from your excel V+ treatment?
Most treatment sessions with excel V+ take between fifteen to thirty minutes, but the length of your treatment session will depend almost entirely upon the size of the area being treated. You can expect to feel the laser slightly, but any discomfort associated with the procedure shouldn’t escalate to pain. Topical anesthesia can be applied to the treatment site beforehand by your medical provider, should you request, and the excel V+ cooling system should prevent the heat of the laser from becoming too uncomfortable. After your treatment session is over, you can return to your regularly scheduled activities. This includes work, school, shopping, and exercising. While you may experience increased redness or minor swelling around the treatment area, this shouldn’t interfere with any plans you may have. There are no other side effects associated with excel V+, making this treatment incredibly easy and beginner-friendly.
How many treatments do you need to undergo before you see results? One treatment session can be enough to see a visible difference in your skin concern. However, often, two or three treatment sessions are required to achieve the satisfactory resolution of certain skin concerns. Your medical provider can and should formulate a plan for handling your treatment, so you can plan in advance for multiple sessions. These sessions should be placed at least one month apart, ideally. In the days and weeks after your initial treatment, brown spots will initially darken and then “slough off.” Waiting between treatment sessions gives the skin time to recalibrate, heal, and work towards the end result you’re hoping for!
The excel V+ Laser Genesis by Cutera is considered to be among the best technology available for the cosmetic treatment of vascular and pigment-based skin concerns. We’re excited and happy to be able to share this service with you! You can schedule an initial consultation to discuss excel V+ further or go ahead and book your first appointment through our website. If you have any specific questions about this service, we would be more than happy to answer them! Thank you for reading and we hope you’ll visit The Breast Place blog again soon!
Our skin is not only our largest organ, it's one of the most important things to care for throughout our entire lives. Sometimes what we can personally for our skin doesn't produce the results we want, nor do we have the power to fix certain things that our bodies do naturally. That's where The Breast Place can come in! With many of our treatments, your skin can look and feel as you desire! One of our most popular treatments is Cutera's Excel V+!
Hello readers, friends, warriors, and supporters! We are thrilled that you've found yourself at The Breast Place blog. We hope you're staying healthy and well, and just like everything else, taking it one day at a time! With the ongoing health threat of the pandemic and the winter blues that set in this time of year, it's hard to stay focused, on track, and on schedule. We hope you enjoyed our last blog discussing how you can nurture and care for your self-esteem and self-confidence as an adult and through the difficult challenges life puts us all through! This time of year makes many of our readers blue, which we understand! Keep the advice we discussed in our last blog close to heart for that reason, and to make every day a little easier.
One of the through lines of our last blog was that the treatments we offer in our offices help with several things that can affect our self-esteem like signs of aging, loose skin, stretch marks, difficult pockets of fat, wrinkles, scarring, body hair, rosacea, and scars left behind from acne. With our products from Enuron, tru Sculpt iD, Secret RF, body contouring, laser hair removal, and Excel V+, these issues can become issues of the past. Skin rejuvenation on the face is one of our most popular treatments. Secret RF is one of those treatments which we've already talked about in previous blogs. Today, we are going to be talking about Excel V+, our second option for facial rejuvenation!
Our skin rejuvenation services can help keep you looking young even after the effects of treatment, raising children, menopause, and getting through life's challenges. Laser resurfacing is used to address pigmentation issues like melasma and sunspots, and micro-needling with radiofrequency is used to help with the promotion of rebuilding your collagen with no downtime. This can be achieved with Secret RF. Laser resurfacing is the newest technology aiding in rejuvenation and antiaging. If you are concerned with fine lines, wrinkles, or redness like rosacea, our Cutera Excel V+ laser treatments are perfect for you! Paired with the best skin products for optimal results, we hope to empower you to look and feel your best at all times and through all stages of your life. According to Cutera, Excel V + delivers the power to safely treat challenging vascular and pigmentary conditions and today's most common skin concerns!
What's Excel V+ and What Does It Entail?
As we've talked about many times before, and what we understand ourselves, is that over the years our skin naturally takes a beating no matter how much we care for it. Excel V+ by Cutera is an incredibly safe laser technology that is very effective with treating excessive redness, enlarged pores, age spots, fine-line wrinkles, scars, and uneven skin texture. How does it work? Excel V+ delivers wavelengths to targeted areas and these wavelengths are absorbed by the chromophores in our bodies, which are the parts of a molecule responsible for its color (the redness and brown discoloring on our skin). They are also absorbed by melanin, oxyhemoglobin, and water, helping with fine lines and wrinkles.
During your treatments, areas on the body can be treated in as small as .5mm and as large as 1mm to ensure precise treatment and to help avoid any tissue damage to the skin that doesn't need treatment. These laser treatments work by stimulating collagen regrowth by heating the upper dermis, which lives way below your skin's surface. Dilated capillaries will receive additional heat to reduce the redness in your skin. Have no fear of this heat, however, because before, during, and after each pulse delivered to the treatment area, Excel V+ will deliver consistent contact cooling. This cooling temperature will be adjusted to your comfort levels. Another great perk? This is another wonderful non-surgical treatment that can be done without the use of topical anesthetic or gel! Higher energy levels will be used for larger spots and short pulses, with the most advanced wavelengths available, 532 nm.
After your treatments, the skin might look slightly red and your dark brown spots might look darker. This will only last a few hours or a few days. You can use makeup to cover up any redness through this period. You will begin to see results in one to three weeks. Redness will decrease, your complexion will improve, and dark spots will flake off and fade. It is recommended to avoid sun exposure after treatment. Excel V+ will help bring a youthful glow to your skin, smooth out your uneven skin texture, reduce your pore sizes, and much more. Each treatment will see more and more improved results and will build on previous improvements.
What Are the Benefits of Excel V+?
With all of our services and non-surgical services, there are so many benefits that come with each of them! First of all, you might be asking yourself if you're a good candidate for this procedure. If you're considering trying this service, here is a little food for thought. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 14 million people are living with rosacea, and 40% of the population suffers from pigment concerns. If you are wanting to help improve your skin, then it is right for you! What are some of the other benefits you will see and experience with Excel V+?
What Are Some Common Misconceptions About Laser Skin Treatments?
Excel V+ and all of our laser skin treatments offer incredible benefits, with little downtime and hardly if not any side effects. Each service is a great option to help you deal with unwanted issues weighing on your conscience and self-confidence! If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment below, and always feel free to reach out to us! We look forward to seeing you soon, and we look forward to helping you make the very best out of 2021!