Project Description

Cutera Prowave IPL

The Cutera Prowave delivers a non-invasive light treatment that can be customized for different skin tones and aging skin conditions. The result is an exceptionally effective treatment with minimal discomfort

 Not for skin darker than photo type III

-Not indicated for persons with a tattoo in the area being treated
-Not indicated for persons with Melasma or vitiligo
-Not suitable if you wax or pluck within 4 weeks exposure, etc.
-Not for recent Accutane patients
-Not for persons with active cold sores in treatment area
-Not for persons with Active warts in treatment area
-Not indicated for persons using sun-tanning or using self-tanners up to 4 weeks prior to treatment

Before & After Photo Gallery

What happens during a visit

What are the steps?

What happens during a visit

What to expect during treatment:

  • We discuss the process with you.
  • You complete the disclaimers.
  • We will apply your protective titanium eye goggles.
  • We will apply our protective eye wear.
  • A thin layer of ultrasound gel applied to area being treated.
  • Feels like a warm elastic band striking your skin.
  • Bright flash of light with each pulse (If treatment is on the face)
  • You may smell burnt hair during the treatment.
  • We take off your goggles
  • We use ice rollers to decrease redness and swelling.
  • We will clean off the remaining ultrasound gel.
  • We apply a sun screen to your treated area.
  • We discuss after care.


What can I expect?


What to expect post treatment:

  • Minimal down time
  • Hair will start to fall out about 2 weeks post treatment.
  • Mild redness
  • Small red bumps around the hair follicle
  • Mild irritation
  • Mild swelling
  • Bruising (rare)
  • Blistering (rare)

Leading up to a treatment

How can I prepare?

Leading up to a treatment

Before your treatment:

  • Do not wear makeup on the day of treatment
  • Some medications or supplements may increase the risk bruising. Consult with your physician.
  • Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (Chemical peels, or other aggressive treatments.)
  • You cannot pluck, or wax the area being treated for at least 4 weeks prior to your treatment
  • No sun exposure for at least 3-4 weeks prior to the appointment.
  • Do not use self-tanners on the area being treated for at least 3-4 week prior to treatment.


What should I be doing?



  • Avoid sun exposure and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen
  • Redness and perifollicular edema (looks like a rash/bug bites) are common and resolve with time
  • Bruising and swelling are less common but may occur and will resolve with time
  • Hair may take up to 2 weeks to fall out
  • Avoid heat – hot tubs, saunas, etc. for 1-2 days
  • Avoid skin irritants (examples below) a few days post-treatment
    • Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents, etc.
  • Do not wax or pluck between treatments
  • Notify clinic of any concerns (blistering, excessive redness/swelling, etc.)
  • Hair removal requires a series of treatments.  The number of treatments depends on body location and type of hair.

Youtube – Prowave session 

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Published on May 6, 2012

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