Since I love lasers and have gained a reputation as an expert in the field, I am constantly being asked to name my favorite laser. I imagine it is a little bit how a mother must feel trying to name her favorite child — impossible. Every laser has its pros and cons. The key to a successful result is matching the right laser to the right patient. This means finding a laser, or lasers, that:
- Will deliver on your desired outcome
- Work within the parameters of your lifestyle & tolerance for downtime
- Achieve noticeable results with as few treatments as possible
- Fit your budget
Although I love all the lasers in our arsenal here at Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation, my favorite procedure is using a CO2 laser on the full face and/or upper eyelids. It radically improves skin texture and tone, removing fines lines and wrinkles and taking years off your face. It is also great for treating scars. Patients tell me that they feel more vital, energetic and happy afterwards. However, the laser that I use most often in my practice is the excel® V as it can effectively address so many of the early signs of aging at once.
Aging is inevitable. The effects show up on your skin with each passing birthday. Certain lifestyle choices such as:
- Limiting sun exposure
- Not smoking
- Eating a healthful diet full of fruits and vegetables
- Regular exercise
- Embracing a medical grade skincare routine
These can all help to mitigate the early signs of aging such as:
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
- Sun spots
- Broken blood vessels
- Uneven, “crepey” skin texture
But, at a certain point, Father Time catches up with all of us. This is why I recommend adding laser skin rejuvenation to your prejuvenation routine. It’s one of the fastest and easiest ways to not just turn-back-the-clock, but to keep it from looking as if it’s moving forward.
Excel® V is My Practice Workhorse
As humans, we are hardwired to perceive smooth, even toned skin as youthful. This is why redness and brown spots, for example, can be so aging. The excel® V laser is my practice workhorse because it helps reverse many of the issues that adversely affect your skin tone. These include:
- Sun spots
- Spider veins and Telangiectasia
- Red scars
- Cherry angiomas or red moles
- Enlarged purple veins
Besides being extremely effective, the excel® V also works on most skin types.
Benefits of excel® V
One of the things that makes excel® V so unique is that is designed to be adjusted and customized to your individual needs. Comprised of different wavelengths of high powered green laser light, the excel® V can specifically target and effectively destroy both larger and smaller vessels. It also has a variety of laser spot sizes. This allows me to precisely treat just the area of need as well as use it anywhere on your body including leg veins. In addition, the excel® V is:
- Extremely safe
- Has a built in cooling mechanism to diminish discomfort during treatment
- Requires minimal downtime
Ideal Candidate for excel® V
Thanks to its versatility, the excel® V can be a great procedure for men and women of all ages who are bothered by skin concerns such as broken blood vessels, rosacea, leg veins, red moles or an angry looking red scar from acne, injury or surgery. While many of the issues that excel® V treats worsen with age, some patients do have a genetic predisposition for certain conditions. If you are someone who bruises easily, for example, you may be more inclined to suffer from unsightly broken blood vessels at a younger age. Same thing goes for redness. If one of your parents has a “ruddy” complexion or suffers from rosacea, there is a higher chance that you may as well. This helps explain why the excel® V is my practice workhorse as I use it on patients in their 20’s on up! It can also help bruises to heal faster as long as you seek treatment within 24 hours of your “injury” whether that injury is caused by an injectables procedure or some kind of trauma.
Stand Alone or in Combination
One of the things that I love most about lasers is that there is one for almost every skin problem. However, a certain laser may be better for a specific issue than another. So, while I do perform an excel® V treatment as a stand alone procedure, I also often combine it with another laser treatment. My goal is to rejuvenate your skin so that it appears more smooth, lifted and youthful because, in my experience, when your skin looks better, you feel better.
To find out more about laser skin rejuvenation with CO2 or excel® V with Dr. Catherine DiGiorgio at the Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation, contact us today or call (617) 735- 8735 to schedule a consultation.