The Solera Opus is a compact, portable, tabletop console that is capable of providing a variety of aesthetic skin treatments with a wide variety of Cutera flashlamp handpieces, Additionally, given its ability to predictably operate with new handpieces as they are developed, the Solera Opus is a reliable clinical instrument that can grow alongside new technology.
Typically, the Solera Opus is used with four specific handpieces: the ProWave 770, the AcuTip 500, the LP560, OPS600 and the Limelight. All designed to be user-detachable, the handpieces each function with an umbilical cable that brings coolant and electrical utilities from the console to the handpiece.
- The ProWave 770, functioning with three wavelengths on a 770 – 1100 nm scale, uses selective photothermolysis to treat the targeted tissue without damaging the surrounding skin cells in light-based hair removal.
- Similarly, the AcuTip 500 is a precision targeting tool that employs selective photothermolysis to provide lesion treatments.
- The LP560 and OPS600, on the other hand, are pulsed-light handpieces that are visible to the human eye – thus requiring no aiming beams – and are instrumental in the treatment of benign pigmented lesions. The main difference between the two is that the LP560 operates at 560 – 1200 nm while the OPS600 operates at 600 – 850 nm.
- The LimeLight is an IPL device used to treat benign pigmented lesions, vascular lesions and is also for photorejuvenation. It operates on wavelength of 520 to 100nm.
While the Solera Opus utilizes different handpieces to target different treatments, the main options for treatment include: benign pigmented lesions; vascular lesions; and stable, long-term, or permanent unwanted hair removal. The console can also be used in the treatment of superficial telangiectasia, or spider veins, when used with the correct handpiece.
The Solera Opus Is Easy To Maintain
As with any piece of equipment, the Solera Opus is set up for long-term use given that preventive maintenance, safety, power, and calibration checks are performed on an annual or as-needed basis. If the machine is routinely used, annual checks should be sufficient; however, if the system is not regularly used, checks should be performed every six months. All maintenance checks should also be conducted by a certified Cutera representative. Regular cleaning, though, can be performed by the technician and is a simple matter of disinfecting the materials in the following manner:
- External surfaces: Using a clean cloth dampened with a non-caustic cleaning solution (i.e. mild soap and water, isopropyl alcohol, or “hospital grade” disinfectant), disinfect the outside surfaces and then allow to air dry.
- Touchscreen display: Use a soft cloth with an alcohol-based cleaner to wipe the surfaces clean.
- Handpiece: Follow the guidelines within the individual handpiece manuals.
- Coolant checks (upon initial arrival and for the occasional “top-off”): Turn off the system, remove and fill the reservoir with distilled water, turn the keyswitch on to activate the water pump, run for five or ten seconds, top off the reservoir and repeat the process until the reservoir is completely full.
- Confirming calibration: While the Solera Opus is not a laser system and consumers cannot alter the system calibration, calibration should be checked every twelve months or so by a certified engineer or technician trained on energized electronic pulsed-light equipment with a laser energy meter.