Acutip 500 ™
What is the Acutip™?
Acutip is a new light technology that replaces liquid nitrogen to treat individual sun spots without the risk of scarring or hypopigmentation that occurs with traditional cryotherapy. With its unique design, the Cutera Acutip delivers light energy safely and effectively to treat individual sun spots and small spider veins on the body. The cooled tip is ideally sized for treating age spots on any area of the body. It can just as easily be used to remove sun or age spots often found on the most sun exposed areas such as the face, chest or décolleté, arms, hands and even isolated spots on the lower legs.
What does the Acutip treatment do for sun spot removal?
The visible light delivered by the Acutip is selectively absorbed by the pigmented spots on your skin. It's the heating of the pigmented cells that causes the therapeutic effect. The removal of the sunspot is removed without the risk of scarring or hypopigmentation that occurs with traditional cryotherapy.
What areas can be treated for sun spot removal?
Virtually any part of your body with sun and age spots or freckles can be safely treated. The face, chest, shoulders, and arms are the most popular areas for treatment because they typically have the most sun exposure. Traditionally isolated 'age spots" have been treated with cryotherapy also known as liquid nitrogen treatment. On certain areas of the body, especially the décolleté, shoulders and the lower arms and hands, this sometimes results in a hypopigmented "scar" if a lesion with scabbing results. The Acutip 500 ™ is a pulsed light system that only treats the melanin in the pigmented spot and not the normal skin surrounding it . Blister formation does not result and a better aesthetic result is attained.
Cherry angiomas (small red lesions found on non exposed areas such as the abdomen) respond to Acutip therapy usually with just one treatment
How does the Acutip work for facial vein removal?
The Acutip delivers pulses of light energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin's surface - where it should be.
What types of facial veins and other vessels can be treated?
The Cutera Acutip can remove bothersome small, facial veins (or "telangiectasia") quickly without bruising or complication. Cherry angiomas (small red lesions found on non exposed areas such as the abdomen) respond to Acutip therapy usually with just one treatment
What do treatments feel like?
When the hand piece is placed on your skin, it will feel cool and comfortable. When the pulse of light is delivered, you may feel a mild, brief pinching sensation.
How long will the treatment take?
The actual treatment will only take a few minutes. And, since there is no need to apply gel or topical anesthetic, your total appointment time can easily fit into your lunch hour.
How many treatments will I need?
Typically, one or two treatments are sufficient to see dramatic results for either sun spots or facial veins. Additional treatments may be required for very dark spots or where there are many unwanted facial veins.
What happens after the treatment?
Sun spots: Immediately following the treatment of sun spots, the spots may start to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin. This typically subsides within a couple of hours. Over the course of the next one to three weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off.
Will the spots reappear over time?
The same spots or veins will not reappear, however new spots or veins could appear after excess sun exposure to unprotected skin. These new spots and veins may also be removed. Remember to liberally apply sunscreen when outdoors to both minimize sun damage and prevent the appearance of new spots and unwanted superficial facial veins.
Can all of my spots and unwanted veins be treated this way?
Spots formed by sun exposure can effectively be treated with the AcuTip. There are, however, other types of pigmented lesions such as birthmarks and moles which are not treated with the Acutip. Small facial veins and cherry angiomas can be treated effectively with AcuTip.
Can AcuTip treatments be combined with other procedures?
Yes. Acutip is an excellent treatment by itself, but it can also be effectively combined with other light based and aesthetic procedures.
Body Renewal Tip:
If numerous sun spots are present especially in severely sun damaged individuals with precancerous lesions also know as Actinic Keratoses, a superior treatment PDT/ALA is recommended as this destroys the cancerous cells.
For an aesthetic result without Actinic Keratoses, the numerous sunspots are better treated with Limelight or a full thickness epidermal peel such as Mela T