The Cutera® Coolglide® Nd:YAG laser is used for the treatment of vascular lesions [blood vessels] on the face and lower extremities. It is also an effective hair removal treatment for all skin colors.
HAIR REMOVAL: The laser works by emitting a pulse of light that is absorbed by pigment [color] in the hair follicle. All hair contains pigment unless it is pure white. Upon contact with the pigment in hair follicles the laser light is converted to heat which selectively and precisely damages hair follicles that are in the growing phase. It can be used for all skin colors.
VASCULAR LESIONS: The laser works by sending a pulse of light that is absorbed by the red hemoglobin pigment in the red blood cells flowing through the treated vein causing the blood within that vein to heat, coagulate, and destroy the vessel. This will not impair blood supply to the skin area since there are multiple alternative vessels for the blood to flow through that are deep below your skin’s surface.
There is minimal downtime after a Coolglide treatment. The most common side effects are redness and swelling of the treated area for a few days. Bruising is very uncommon and, if it occurs, will usually resolve in about one week.
If you have unsightly blue facial veins or unwanted facial or body hair, ask your practitioner if you would be a good candidate for treatment with the Coolglide laser.