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Dr. Robert Cutchen Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Meet Dr. Robert Cutchen

In 2009, Dr. Cutchen founded Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, a clinic dedicated solely to the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. His goal was to provide the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options all in the comfort of his office without the need for hospitalization. Our goal is to treat every patient the way we ourselves would hope to be treated.

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Vein Treatments Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Vein Treatments

We provide our patients with the most advanced and comprehensive vein treatments. See the difference between before and after.

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Aesthetic Treatments Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Aesthetic Treatments

We utilize the power of advanced laser technology to treat a multitude of cosmetic concerns. See what a difference our treatments can make.

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What are the Benefits of a PhotoFacial?

Sun damage, redness, and hyperpigmentation can leave your skin looking dull and uneven. A PhotoFacial can brighten your skin to help you look younger and more refreshed. This highly effective treatment can target pigmentation issues and provide overall skin rejuvenation. 

What is a PhotoFacial?

A PhotoFacial treatment uses light energy to target molecules that cause red and brown pigmentation. At Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, we offer the Harmony XL system for PhotoFacials. This system combines IPL (intense pulsed light) with Pulsed Dye Laser (DYE VL) technology to effectively reduce pigmentation and sun damage.  

These trusted technologies combine to offer the “gold standard” in PhotoFacial treatments. The system works extremely effectively by making several passes over the skin while using different filters as necessary. The treatment is more thorough than a standard PhotoFacial and therefore takes a little bit longer. 

*Individual results may vary.

What are the Benefits of a PhotoFacial?

Almost anyone with Fitzpatrick I-III skin (mild to moderately pigmented) can benefit from a Harmony XL PhotoFacial. You can see improvements in a range of skin concerns, including:

  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Rosacea
  • Vascular lesions
  • Spider veins
  • Redness from acne and acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma

Most other energy-based treatments are not effective against red pigments and are only moderately effective against brown ones. A Harmony XL PhotoFacial is the treatment of choice for these concerns. It uses two different technologies to maximize results against the broadest range of pigment-related skin issues. 

How Does a PhotoFacial Work?

The Dye VL PhotoFacial uses pulses of light energy at wavelengths that target pigments without harming skin cells. Treatment works on hemoglobin, the pigment that gives blood vessels their red color. It also works on melanin, the pigment that causes brown spots and hyperpigmentation. 

The light energy emitted by the laser damages the pigment molecules. As a result, reddish and brown discoloration will fade as the body removes the remnants. The treatment is extremely precise, and the laser energy is absorbed specifically in the targeted area without damaging the surrounding healthy skin. PhotoFacial treatment is so gentle that most people feel only minimal discomfort. The sensation is often compared to a rubber band “snapping.” 

How Many PhotoFacial Treatments Will I Need?

We recommend PhotoFacial treatments for almost anyone of the appropriate skin type. Any adult who is frequently outdoors can benefit from a PhotoFacial yearly to counteract sun damage. Most people will benefit from an initial series of treatments spaced a few weeks apart. How many treatments you need depends on the type and severity of your skin concerns. Maintenance treatments once a year can keep your skin clear and glowing. 

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Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our highly trained staff members at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute will reach out to your promptly to schedule your appointment.

Is There Any Downtime With a PhotoFacial?

The energy in a PhotoFacial does not damage the skin, so you have no downtime. You can return to your regular activities, although you may have some redness. Avoiding sun exposure is extremely important to achieving the best results after treatment. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a PhotoFacial?

You may be a good candidate for a PhotoFacial if you want to address pigmentation issues or brighten your skin. This non-invasive treatment works safely for almost anyone with light to medium skin tones. 

Take the Next Step

If you want to learn more about improving your skin with a PhotoFacial, contact us at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute at 505-848-8346, or complete the form on this page, and one of our staff members will reach out to you promptly. 

Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute is located in the Journal Center area of Albuquerque and proudly serves vein patients throughout the entire Albuquerque area, as well as Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Los Lunas, and other areas throughout New Mexico.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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