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Cutera Excel V

Before your treatment:

  • No sun-tanning or self-tanners 4 weeks prior to treatment

    • Includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.

  • Some medications or supplements may increase the risk of bruising (blood thinners, Vitamin E)

  • Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (retin-a, depilatories, etc.)

  • Notify clinic with any changes to  your health history or medications since your last appointment

  • History of herpes or cold sores may require an antiviral prescription prior to treatment 



After your treatment:

  • Avoid sun exposure and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen

  • Bruising, redness and significant swelling are common and resolve with time (typically within one week) Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine, cold compresses or ice packs and elevating your pillow at night can help to alleviate these symptoms.

  • A “bug bite” like reaction is common and usually resolves in 1-2 days

  • Avoid heat – hot tubs, saunas, etc. for 1-2 days

  • Avoid skin irritants on week post-treatment

    • Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.  

  • Notify the clinic of any concerns (blistering, excessive redness/swelling, etc.)

  • Leg vein treatments only:

    • Compression stockings (20-30 mm/hg) are optional

    • Avoid high impact activity 3-5 days

    • Hemosiderin staining (brown staining) may occur after a treatment and usually resolves with time (can take 1-2 years) but, on a rare occasion, it may be permanent

      • Strict avoidance of sun exposure may decrease risk of permanent hemosiderin staining

    • Large leg veins may take many months to resolve and should not be re-treated before then

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