The Xeo Cool Glide laser platform developed by the Cutera (formerly Altus) company, now located in Brisbane (south of San Francisco), California has improved and advanced through a number of generations producing more and more useful actions.
Cool Glide Laser
Based on a NdYAG 1064nm laser, the initial, CV Laser was designed for hair removal. It had a fixed size beam at 10mm.
A couple of factors made this laser so unique. One was the very efficient cooling head.
A gold-plated copper foot is water cooled to 2oC. As metal is such an efficient conductor of heat and cold, treated areas are rapidly and efficiently cooled to allow very comfortable treatments – much more so than cooling air streams, various glass and sapphire windows, etc.
The other was the wavelength. Still being absorbed by melanin, but, because of its relatively long wavelength, able to penetrate deeper than previous shorter wavelength lasers, even deeply-seated hair follicles could be efficiently reached.
Also, with the efficient cooling tip, even black African skins were safe to be treated for hair removal. Also tanned skins could be treated.
And in New Zealand with our ubiquitous and strong sun, this is important for a process that takes many months to have its full effect.
Excel Cool Glide
Further developments involved increasing the power of the unit and adding a hand-piece with an adjustable size beam.
This allowed for increased focal power and an ability to tailor the depth the energy penetrated.
With the adjustable hand-piece, blood vessels of the face and legs could be treated.
The former was developed to aid hair removal procedures for some cases that were proving difficult.
And the Acutip with its narrow round contact tip was designed to treat small round vessel areas such as acquired haemangiomas (or Campbell de Morgan spots, which can already be treated well in the laser Excel programme) and pigmented lesions like seborrhoeic keratoses.
Further recent enhancements include the Limelight hand-piece which achieves the ability to select the treatments normally separately incorporated in the OPS 600 and the LP560.
Then was the Pearl YSSG laser hand-piece with its 2790nm wavelength used for quickly resurfacing more severely damaged skin with minimal downtime. In this it has a similar effect to the Portrait Plasma PSR3 detailed elsewhere on this site.
And then the Pearl fractional unit which enhances the benefits above. By creating microscopic points of laser ablation the skin retracts on itself and improves in colour and texture. Fine lines improve dramatically. Scarred areas can also be helped. Its great advantage over other similar technology on the market is that most people require a single session only.
The beauty of the Xeo Cool Glide laser platform has been its versatility allied with the multiple new applications that have been added to the original base. There is not the same need to have a wide range of lasers to treat different conditions.