Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ExcelV?
The CUTERA Excel V is a dual wavelength laser system that can be used with two interchangeable handpieces. The CoolView handpiece is used to treat vascular lesions, unwanted pigmentation and mild to moderate acne. This handpiece is also indicated for permanent hair reduction. The Genesis V handpiece is a non-ablative skin therapy treatment for wrinkles, rosacea, diffuse facial redness and scar reduction.
What is Laser Genesis?
Laser Genesis is a non-contact laser skin rejuvenation treatment in which the laser quickly warms the skin to stimulate new collagen production, remodeling of existing collagen and reduction of excessive superficial blood vessels if present. With a series of treatments patients may experience firming of the skin, decreased pore size, wrinkle improvement, softening of lip lines and decreased redness of the skin. The treatments do not require anesthesia or downtime.
Will treatments hurt?
The Excel V laser uses a chill tip to rapidly cool the skin before the laser energy is delivered. This minimizes any discomfort and protects the skin. Most patients feel a slight stinging sensation briefly when the energy pulses are delivered.
Patients describe the Genesis V treatment as a warm sensation that is quite relaxing.
What are the side effects of laser treatment?
There are few side effects with Excel V, although some patients experience mild redness and some swelling at the treatment sites that typically dissipates within a day. Some patients may also experience slight bruising.
After treatment with Genesis V, the skin may appear pink to light red and may feel warm. This generally resolves within 24 to 48 hours.
How soon will I see results?
The majority of patients experience significant improvement of treated areas within several weeks, although the final results may not be seen for months.
How many treatments are necessary?
Treatment with Excel V depends on the size, color and thickness of the vascular lesion that will be treated. In many cases, patients see dramatic improvement after a single treatment but optimal results are typically seen after several sessions. Most patients see optimal results with Genesis V after 4 to 6 session but improvement in skin texture and color may be seen after only 1 or 2 treatments. These treatments are typically spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.
What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox® Cosmetic is the #1 selling treatment of its kind. It’s the first and only treatment FDA-approved to temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines look better in adults. It delivers predictable, subtle results, so you look like you, only with less noticeable facial lines.
How much time does treatment take?
The injection process takes a quick 10-15 minutes. Treatment goals will be discussed and a facial analysis will be performed to determine the appropriate treatment areas for you.
When can I expect to see results?
You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours but it may take up to 2 weeks to see full results. Botox® lasts up to 4 months for moderate to severe frown lines. Botox injections to the underarms has also been FDA-approved and has been shown to last 4 to 12 months.
What should I expect? Does treatment hurt?
Some patients report that being injected with Botox® Cosmetic feels like a pinch but is well-tolerated by most. If you are concerned about discomfort, a topical numbing cream may be applied before administering your treatment.
How many injections will I receive?
Treatment with Botox® Cosmetic is customized to your goals and needs. The appropriate treatment will be determined at you consultation for any areas you wish to address, including moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, and underarms for excessive sweating.
What are injectable cosmetic fillers?
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. More than 1 million men and women annually have choose this popular facial rejuvenation treatment, which can be a cost-effective way to look younger without surgery or downtime.
Where is cosmetic filler used?
Different formulations are approved to either lift cheeks, smooth parentheses lines, smooth vertical lip lines or plump the lips. The results are subtle and long lasting.
What can I expect during treatment?
Prior to treatment, your medical history will be reviewed and a facial analysis will be performed as well as discussing your aesthetic areas of concern. This is not a surgical treatment. Actual treatment with injectable gels can take 15 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on which area of your face is being treated.
When will I see results and how long do they last?
You will see results immediately/instantly. Results may last one to two years, with optimal correction and depending on the formula used.