Excel V Laser - New Orleans


The Excel V Laser System is a state-of-the-art laser technology offered by Dr. Sean Weiss for treating vascular skin conditions such as rosacea, spider veins, Telangiectasia and pigmented lesions including sunspots. The Excel V Laser System uses a high power green laser to target abnormal blood vessels and pigment in the skin, and the skin returns to a more natural color and tone.

Excel V Laser can be adjusted to your skin type and condition, and also has an adjustable spot size which allows for precise treatment of both superficial and deeper problems. To ensure patient comfort, Excel V uses advanced cooling technologies which provide continuous cooling before, during and after the laser pulse.

Most people are affected by some sort of skin condition, either chronic or cosmetic, which causes broken blood vessels, discoloration and lesions to appear on the face or legs.  These conditions can cause embarrassment, self-consciousness or even depression, thus affecting quality of life.

The good news is that Dr. Sean Weiss – Facial Plastic Surgery offers treatment for various skin conditions of the face with the Excel V Laser.

The Excel V is designed to enhance patient safety and comfort during laser treatment. The system uses a unique high power laser that is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels in the skin. This laser heats the abnormal vessels, ultimately restoring normal skin tone and color. The system incorporates the latest innovations in cooling technologies to ensure patient comfort, and there is very little risk for long-term side effects or downtime.

Traditional approaches to treating these conditions are frequently limited to electrosurgery, sclerotherapy and surgical destruction of veins and vessels, each of which pose significant disadvantages.  For example, electrosurgery, a procedure in which an electrode needle is used to target skin lesions, is rather painful and may cause craters in the skin. Similarly, sclerotherapy, commonly used to treat spider veins, is an invasive procedure that requires patients to wear compression stockings after treatment and includes an injection.

What Can Be Treated with Excel V Laser?

  • Rosacea
  • Telangiectasia
  • Leg Veins
  • Facial Veins (red and blue)
  • Venous lake (purple lesions on lips)
  • Diffuse redness of the face and neck skin
  • Scars and keloids
  • Sebaceous hyperplasia (dilated oil glands)
  • Port Wine Stain
  • Hemangiomas
  • Cherry Angioma
  • Freckles
  • Sun damage pigmentation
  • Warts

Frequently Asked Questions About The Excel V Laser

Q:  How does Excel V work?

A:  The Excel V Laser, which was developed by Cutera, is a cutting edge laser system for providing treatment of a variety of vascular skin conditions. Many skin conditions manifest in the form of broken or abnormal blood vessels in the skin, such is the case with rosacea, in which the facial blood vessels dilate excessively causing redness and flushing. Excel V treats these conditions by administering a unique high power laser that is absorbed by the abnormal blood vessels in the skin.  The laser heats the abnormal vessels, and restores your natural skin tone and color.

Q:  What skin conditions does Excel V Laser treat?

A:  Excel V has been shown effective at treating a number of conditions, including rosacea, telangiectasias, leg veins, port wine stains, and cherry angiomas. Excel V treats mild and severe forms of these conditions. The system may also have cosmetic benefit for skin lesions or scars from past injuries or surgeries.

Q:  What are the benefits of Excel V compared with other treatment options?

A:  The benefit of Excel V is that the treatment can be fine tuned to ensure that the laser is delivering a level of treatment that specifically matches your skin condition. The system is capable of delivering various wavelengths of laser light energy, allowing the treatment of superficial blemishes, such as small lesions and sun spots, and deeper vascular conditions, such as leg veins and nodular port wine stains. The Excel V Laser also offers a wide range of spot sizes to ensure that small treatment areas can be targeted precisely and larger areas can be treated in less time. This high level of customization makes Excel V great for treating many different conditions, which may have required several different systems or procedures in the past.

Q:  Are there other laser treatment options available for these skin conditions?

A:  Yes, there are other laser treatment options available for various skin conditions.  The Excel V laser is one of the most versatile systems which allows for tailoring the treatment to precisely match your unique skin condition. Some other lasers may be effective for treating a condition at one size and depth, but may not work effectively on conditions that affect a larger area.

Q:  What is the level of demand for treatment of skin conditions?

A:  The prevalence of vascular skin conditions varies greatly.  Rosacea is one of the most common conditions, affecting about 14 million Americans. Many people with Rosacea may not even realize they have it even when common symptoms are present such as redness in the face and flushing after consumption of alcohol, caffeine or spicy foods. Another fairly common condition is cherry angiomas, which are small red bumps that spontaneously appear on the skin. These kind of lesions are commonly found in middle-aged populations—more than 85% of people over 45 years of age have several cherry angiomas. Spider veins also is a fairly common condition although the exact prevalence varies according to different sources. Port wine stains, another condition which Excel V treats, is a more rare condition, occurring in about 3 out of every 1,000 people. These are a type of birthmark often appearing on the face in which swollen blood vessels cause a reddish-purplish discoloration of the skin.

Although these conditions represent some of the most common things treated with the Excel V laser, the robust customization of the system makes it ideal for also treating more general dermatology problems such as superficial blemishes, discoloration, and scars. Therefore, almost anyone can benefit from treatment with the Excel V.

Q:  How is the procedure performed?

A:  After an initial consultation, Dr. Weiss determines if treatment with the Excel V is appropriate. Unlike other procedures, injections or topical anesthesia are not required throughout the duration of the 15 – 30 minute procedure.  Depending on your condition, the Excel V laser is applied over the affected areas of the skin until the abnormal vessels diminish. To minimize discomfort and protect your skin, the Excel V uses a proprietary cooling mechanism.

Q:  What skin types does Excel V treat?

A:  All skin types indentified in the Fitzpatrick skin type classification can be treated with the Excel V system. This classification denotes 6 different skin types, ranging from very light (type I) to very dark (type VI).  The 532nm wavelength is ideal for treating skin types I – IV and the 1064nm mode can be used on all skin types I – VI.

Q:  How many Excel V Laser treatments are needed?

A:  The number of sessions depends on various parameters, including the size, thickness and color of the vascular lesion. Superficial vascular lesions such as small telangiectasia and diffused redness are easiest to treat; you might see improvement after just one treatment.

Q:  How much does the Excel V Laser Cost What are the costs of treatment?

A:  As with any procedure, the costs depend on the specific condition for which treatment is being provided. For minor conditions only requiring a single cycle of treatment, the cost generally ranges between $250-$1,000. For conditions that affect a large portion of the skin and require additional treatment sessions, the price increases proportionally.