Why Cutera Lasers Are On The Top Of Our List

No doubt you see that there are a lot of cosmetic laser manufacturers. While the field is still relatively young, Cutera has been a quality manufacturer for over 15 years. As a company that specialized in used aesthetic lasers, we get to see the range of equipment, how long it lasts and how well it performs. Cutera’s history has been one of reliability and quality.

Starting in 2000 with the CoolGlide CV, the first of their ND:Yag lasers .  What made this laser special was that it was not only a first for Cutera but demonstrated to the industry the wavelength technology was a viable method for permanent hair removal. The company was able to target the follicles while minimizing the impact on melanin in the epidermis. Along with the wavelength breakthrough, the original CoolGlide provided a level of control that was unmatched in the industry.

Cutera didn’t rest with the first generation of ND:Yag technology. The following year, they release the CoolGlide Excel. This enhanced the original laser with a broader range of treatment options that included vascular treatments, making it even more valuable to practices that offer cosmetic treatments. In addition to more treatment options, the new CoolGlide Excel offered the technicians greater control of the machine’s parameters as well.

By 2002, Cutera expanded the capabilities of the CoolGlide line with the introduction of the CoolGlide Vantage. The wide range of skin treatments offered by the Genesis technology incorporated in the Vantage laser added greater value to laser treatment practices.

2003 saw the introduction of the first Xeo Laser from Cutera. Providing the greatest variety of treatment options yet, the Xeo became a bedrock for many practices. Over the years, the introduction of technology like Titan®, LimeLight®, ProWave 770™, AcuTip™, ProWave LX™, and Laser Genesis™ have expanded the Xeo’s capabilities even further.

Cutera continues to expand the capabilities of the Excel and Xeo lines of cosmetic lasers.  The Excel HR for hair removal and the Excel V for vascular treatments set the standard for the industry.

The introduction of the ProWave LX allows providers to overcome the limits of other IPL technology for hair removal. Lighter and finer hair removal is not more easily possible with the better targeting capabilities. Of the ProWave line for xeo.

Whether you are in the market for an older Cutera laser or looking for more recent technology, the refurbished Cutera lasers have proven to be reliable and economical for practices that want to offer cosmetic services to their patients. Contact Sentient Laser and we will work with you to ensure you understand your options and select the best cosmetic laser for your needs.

Laser Hair Removal Technology

You have a medical practice or a spa and you want to offer laser hair removal services. For business, it is a good bet as hair removal is one of the most common forms of cosmetic treatments. There are many cosmetic laser machines that can let you add hair removal to your business. But, which is best? Before you jump into the machines, you should understand a bit about the technology behind laser hair removal.

What Happens During A Laser Treatment?

Lasers emit a tight beam of light that is absorbed into the hair follicle and damages it by heating it up. While all lasers operate on the principle of damaging the hair follicle, the different technologies reach the hair follicles in different ways. The settings on the lasers allow the operator to treat hair while not damaging the surrounding tissue by emitting light that is only absorbed by the targeted hair and follicle. The damage to the follicle can prevent the hair from growing back.

The laser’s beam can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter each second, heating each hair follicle in the scope of the beam. For experienced technicians, treating hair on the upper lip can take as little as 1 – 2 minutes. However, that treatment time is only for the application of the laser treatment. The laser must be calibrated for each patient to be sure surrounding tissue is not damaged.

While the basic premise of the procedures are the same, how this is achieved differs by laser technology. Variations in the technology mean some are faster, but perhaps limited in the skin and hair types they can treat. Others may be more gentle, but require multiple treatments. This may even take from 3 to 7 treatments for some types of lasers (see below). As you review the different types of laser technology, keep your clientele in mind; you may want more than one type of laser.

Skin type considerations for treatment options

No two people have exactly the same skin. Lasers must be set to operate with parameters that are determined by the patient’s skin attributes. Some laser technology can treat a broader range of skin types without changing the adjustments. Before providing any treatment, technicians must fully understand the functions of the particular laser being used.

Types of Laser Technologies For Hair Removal

Alexandrite Lasers

Alexandrite lasers are best for light skin to olive skin complexion patients, and usually better suited for larger areas like the back. The Alexandrite laser offer faster pulsing (speeding up treatment), but causes more discomfort for the patient. Typically a single treatment will be sufficient to prevent regrowth of the hair. However, if hair does grow back, it will much thinner.

Ruby Laser

The original laser technology applied for removal of lighter or finer hair, the Ruby laser is not appropriate for darker or tanned skin. The pulse is slower, leading to less irritation for the patient. While treatment times may take longer, it is more comfortable for your client.

Diode Laser Treatments

Diode laser treatments are not a 1-time session. Several treatments will be required for reliable hair removal. Each diode treatment can be done relatively quickly, with minimal irritation, though there may be some redness that will go away soon after treatment.

IPL Treatment For Hair Removal

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) hair removal is a relatively gentle method of laser treatment. IPL technology is best suited for patients with lighter skin and darker hair as the light pulse is absorbed by the darker color pigment.

Nd:YAG Laser Technology

Nd:YAG lasers are capable of treating a range of cosmetic needs including hair removal. Treatment involves the application of a carbon lotion that aids in the hair follicles’ absorption of the specific Nd:YAG laser wavelength. This treatment may cause some patients more irritation that other laser technologies.

Providing hair removal treatments is a great way to boost revenue for your spa or practice. Before you select a laser, you should consider your client base, typical skin types (if any are typical) and how you want to treat patients – offer single visit treatments or quick multi-visits. You may be able to start with a single laser type, but more typically you may want to have several laser technologies in order to offer more treatment types.

Of course, if you would like to discuss your plans, we can help you identify the right laser to offer hair removal services at your practice.

For more about laser technologies in cosmetic treatment, click here.

Laser Hair Removal System

Laser hair removal can be done with three different types of devices: 755-Alexandrite, 810-Diode, 1064-Nd:YAG, and IPL. These are commonly referred to by either their wavelength or medium: 755, 810, 1064, and IPL, or Alex, Diode, YAG, and IPL.

Each wavelength is best suited for certain skin tones on the Fitzpatrick scale. The Fitzpatrick scale rates skin tones on a scale of one through six (I-VI). One is very light skin with fine hair much like a Norwegian. Two and three are your typical Caucasians and tanned Caucasians. Four is your skin tone for lighter ethnic tones such as Asian, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern dissent. Five and six are your light skin and dark skin African-Americans along with those with darker pigment such as those individuals from India.

The 755 Alex is best for skin types I-III. The 810 diode is best for skin types I-IV. The 1064 Nd:YAG is best for skin tones V-VI. The YAG is also the only wavelength safe for all skin tones, this is due to the poor absorption of the 1064 wavelength into all three targets of hemoglobin water and melanin. This allows the wavelength to pass through the melanin in the skin and safely eradicate the hair follicle. IPL is best for skin tones I-III, and although providing lesser efficacy then a true laser can still be a very effective means of hair removal.

Hair removal lasers very from technology to technology and manufacturer to manufacturer. Certain lasers are more effective than others on certain patients and some lasers hurt less or more than other lasers. There is no perfect laser on the market however there may be a perfect laser for you. A professional consultation is highly recommended to choose the right technology for your practice.

Medical Laser Error codes

[fusion_text]You might run into a situation with your laser that will activate an error code. Here are some common codes for the most popular medical lasers on the market.[/fusion_text][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][one_full last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”3″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=”” id=””]Palomar Starlux 300 & 500[/title][fusion_text]22 – Hand piece cooltip water flow is restricted/low
23 – Water Level too low
53 – Hand piece cooltip water pressure high
69 – Internal Lamp Controller voltages exceed limits (power supply)
109 – Internal hand piece communication error[/fusion_text][/one_full][one_full last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”3″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=”” id=””]Cutera Xeo[/title][fusion_text]246 – Flashlamp won’t start
249 – Yag flashlamp won’t start
323 – Yag Tip temp fault
345 – Flashlamp broken
367 – High Voltage Power Supply Post failed[/fusion_text][/one_full][one_full last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”3″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=”” id=””]Candela (MGL, GYag)[/title][fusion_text]15 – Transmission Fault
10.1 – Hand piece changed or unrecognized while in ready
10.5 – Slider button pressed while in Ready State. Cannot change spot-size while in ready
Purge – Air was detected in the cryogen lines. Bubble percentage is outside of tolerable range (~15% bubbles)[/fusion_text][/one_full][one_full last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”3″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=”” id=””]Lumenis Lightsheers[/title][fusion_text]E15 – The diode laser light output as measured by the console energy detector is too low System Stuck in “Cooling Mode” – The EPI (ChillTip) temperature is 5 degree Celsius over the set point temperature
P3 – Laser Diode Too Hot (over temperature)
P4 – FET (field-effect transistor) Too Hot (over temperature)
P5 – Main Heat Exchanger Temp. and Diode Temp – the temperature difference between the Main Heat Exchanger and the Diode Laser Back Plane Heat Exchanger is greater than 4 degrees Celsius.[/fusion_text][/one_full][one_full last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”3″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=”” id=””]Lumenis Duet[/title][fusion_text]137 – Temperature sensor failure. Temperature difference between HS diodes backplane and coolant temperature[/fusion_text][/one_full][one_full last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”3″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=”” id=””]Cynosure Apogee Elite[/title][fusion_text]E23 – Low Transmission Replace Fiber/Hand piece
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