ExcelV treatment: Improved appearance at the speed of light
Conditions treated with ExcelV
- Red spots – It is best to prevent or reduce risk of developing red spots, with daily use of sunscreen. However, ExcelV removes them almost instantly. Topical numbing is applied, and the procedure is essentially painless. The entire face can be treated in about 20 minutes, and there is little to no downtime. Results are long lasting. However, maintenance treatments are sometimes needed for new red spots that form from continued sun exposure. Laser therapy can be combined with other treatments.
- Brown spots – The ExcelV laser selectively targets brown color in spots and removes it from skin. Topical numbing ensures your comfort, while full-face treatment is completed in about 20 minutes. There is virtually no downtime. Results are enduring. However, due to living in sunny San Diego, some maintenance may be necessary, and sunscreen is essential!
- Wisdom spots – These raised, rough brown spots show up on skin unexpectedly. Sometimes called “barnacles,” they are an inherited trait. Wisdom spots are easily treated with a simple laser procedure that is quick and painless. Treatment leaves a small wound (similar to a scraped knee), but it typically heals within a week. Treated spots rarely grow back although new ones can form.
Excelv Treatment: Improved appearance at the speed of light
The ExcelV is THE treatment of the removal of red and brown spots. Generally, it only takes one to two treatments, and afterwards your complexion is blemish-free.
Where can the ExcelV be used to treat?
The ExcelV laser can be used to remove red and brown spots anywhere on the skin. Most commonly, we use it to remove red and brown spots on the face, neck, chest, and backs of the hands. My two favorite locations to use the ExcelV is to remove the nasal vessels and to remove freckles on the face.
Who is a good candidate for the ExcelV?
Everyone living here in sunny San Diego is an excellent candidate for the ExcelV, as we all have red and brown spots. Studies have shown that when you have more red and brown spots on the face, you appear older. Therefore, it is essential to use the ExcelV to remove the red and brown spots so you have a more youthful appearance.
How does the ExcelV work?
The ExcelV is a KTP 532 laser. It is a potassium titanyl phosphate crystal which generates a 5320nanomeer wavelength. This wavelength specifically targets the heme in the hemoglobin that is in the blood in our vessels and the melanin in the brown spots in the skin. Therefore it is a specific targeted therapy for removing red and brown spots.
How do you prepare for your ExcelV treatment?
2 weeks prior to your arrival for your ExcelV treatment, you should be wearing broad spectrum, SPF 30 sunscreen every day to ensure that you are as least tan as possible prior to your treatment. This is so there is the most amount of contrast between the brown and red spots and your normal skin color, as that will produce the best results. On the day of your treatment prior to your arrival at the Skin & Vein Institute, you should take an allergy medicine such as Zyrtec or Allegra to decrease your chances of swelling, post-procedure.
What should you do on your treatment day and what happens during the treatment?
Upon your arrival at the Skin & Vein Institute, you will be brought back to a numbing room where you will sit and relax for 45 minutes while your skin is numbing. You will then be brought to our procedure room where you will painlessly experience the Excel V treatment. After your treatment, an antioxidant will be applied to your skin to further enhance your results.
What are the post-care instructions?
After your ExcelV laser treatment, you will be sent home with a post-procedure kit. This kit includes thermal spring water which will help to refresh the skin, as well as a healing cream which will help to speed recovery. You will notice that your brown spots get darker while you continue to heal. This is normal and means they are about to fall off soon, usually within a week.
What are the side effects?
The Excel V laser has very few side effects and minimal downtime. Rarely, patients will experience swelling on days one to four. However, this is mitigated by taking that oral antihistamine prior to your procedure. You will notice darkening of the brown spots that were on the area that was treated. This is normal and they fall off in about a week.
Is the Excel V safe and effective?
The Excel V laser is safe and effective for removing red and brown spots. It really is the best treatment on the market for clearing up your complexion and making sure that you look stunning always.
The number of laser sessions needed depends on the size, color, and thickness of the spots. Many patients see dramatic improvement after just one treatment.
For customized complexion care including ExcelV laser therapy, call Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas at (760) 642-6674 (new patients) or (760) 452-2080 (existing patients).
IPL or ExcelV to treat red and brown spots manifested by sun damage on the face
Sun damage has many manifestations in the skin. Two of the most common forms of sun damage are red and brown spots. These usually occur on the face, neck, chest, and on the backs of the hands. There are many ways to treat red and brown spots. Two of the most common being the IPL or a photo facial or the ExcelV which is 532-nanometer laser.
How to choose the right treatment?
Patients often wonder which modality they should choose. The IPL/photo facial or the ExcelV. Let’s review the differences between the two and which one is right for you.
How does IPL work?
IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light and is referred to as a photo facial. IPL is a broad spectrum of light that is used to treat a lot of things it specifically tries to target red and brown, however, because it is a broad spectrum, of light it’s not specifically targeting anything.
What is the difference between IPL and ExcelV?
Overall, when comparing the ExcelV and the IPL, patients with sun damage in the form of red and brown spots would have more benefit from the ExcelV because it specifically targets the red and brown spots and it requires fewer treatments.
How many treatments are needed with ExcelV?
Usually with the ExcelV only one treatment is necessary. However, if we are treating a large area like the chest occasionally two treatments are required.
What is the cost comparison for the two?
When comparing the cost of the IPL and the ExcelV, a single treatment with the IPL is less expensive than a single treatment with the ExcelV. However, with the IPL in order to see results you need to have typically between 3 and 6 treatments. Therefore the ExcelV is actually the more affordable choice because only one treatment is typically required.
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