530 Boston Post Rd
Wayland, MA 01778
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Candela Corp is responsible for revolutionizing the industry with the 2007 introduction of the Serenity device with Pneumatic Skin Flattening (PSF™) technology for pain reduction during laser- and light-based treatments.
And historically, Candela has delivered groundbreaking “firsts” in aesthetic medicine products, including the following:
- First vascular lesion treatment laser cleared for use on children;
- First Q-switched alexandrite laser for pigmented lesions and tattoos;
- First pulsed-dye laser treatment to demonstrate effective treatment of hemangiomas, scars, warts, and leg veins;
- First laser cleared for the noninvasive treatment of acne and acne scars;
- The introduction of the Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD), an epidermal protection system; and
- Integrated laser technologies that deliver a wide range of treatments.
Now, in 2009, the company introduces another innovation: the QuadraLASE™ laser system, an advanced fractional skin-rejuvenation laser system that combines the performance of a CO2 laser with an innovative scanning system.
It gives practitioners the ability to diversify treatment capabilities using a single device, a comprehensive solution for skin rejuvenation and skin tightening. The system is used for treating wrinkles, uneven tone and texture, sun damage, and acne scarring; removing skin tags and benign lesions; and more.
The QuadraLASE system utilizes the firm’s unique QuadraSCAN™ technology, which reduces heat buildup in the skin, resulting in increased patient comfort. Another benefit is the stimulation of new collagen.
The system offers the following additional
- Value with no disposables, which keeps long-term operating costs down;
- A choice of QS and QD handpieces, which provides true variable depth ablation; and,
- An elegant design and a small footprint, which minimize the need for space.
The unique delivery system keeps the longest possible time between adjacent spots, preventing thermal buildup. The QuadraSCAN technology makes the healing process much quicker, and enables a faster patient recovery time.
“We are excited to be offering a unique solution for fractional ablation, one of the fastest-growing segments of the aesthetic market,” says Catherine A. Kniker, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development at Candela.
Thomas E. Rohrer, MD, of SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill, Mass, who performed some of the studies, says, “Based on my clinical experience with the QuadraLASE system, this device is very versatile, easy to use, and comfortable for the patient, and it delivers excellent results.”
“We are able to use it on all sorts of patients. The texture of their skin is dramatically different” after treatments with the QuadraLASE laser, continues Rohrer. “Tone is better and, most importantly, it’s tighter.”
The QuadraLASE unit includes a CO2– based laser operating at a wavelength of 10,600 nm. Its optical spot size operates at 300 microns and 180 microns (fractional) and 300 microns (continuous). Coverage is 5% to 40% in fractional mode and 100% in traditional mode. Its aiming beam of 635 nm is intensity adjustable via the user screen.
Other specs include the following:
- Scan Pattern—Line, rectangle, square, triangle, circle, and donut (in traditional mode); square in fractional mode;
- Scan Pattern Size—6 x 6 mm to 20 x 20 mm, in increments of 2 mm;
- Pulse Duration—.1 to .8 ms, in increments of .1 ms (in traditional mode); and 2.5 ms to 16 ms (in fractional mode); and
- Operating Modes—Continuous; Single pulse, with an exposure time of 50 ms to 1000 ms; Repeat pulse, with an exposure time of 50 ms to 1000 ms.
“We’re finding more and more patients are opting for the QuadraLASE, just because they are looking for that real significant tightening of the skin, and improvement in the deeper lines and deeper scars,” says Rohrer.
16850 Dallas Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75248
Eclipsemed Ltd recently announced the release of its first water-assisted liposuction system, Body-Jet, manufactured by Human Med (which is based in Germany). Body-Jet is touted as the first of its kind, offering physicians “a safer liposuction option,” according to the company.
While traditional liposuction basically destroys the fat cells, Body-Jet loosens the fat without requiring impact on the fat cell itself. Body-Jet uses only 25% of the infiltration fluid usually required for standard liposuction. This reduction in fluid results in less swollen mass, improved patient comfort, and decreased tissue trauma. This new method allows for assessment of new contours during surgery, which greatly reduces the number of corrective surgeriies. Water-assisted liposuction can actually be performed under local anesthesia.
The science behind Body-Jet employs a cannula that simultaneously irrigates and aspirates the fat tissue. Blood vessels and nerves are not damaged. Body- Jet essentially flushes the fat instead of destroying it.
Water-jet-assisted liposuction offers an array of benefits, including:
- Rapid recovery;
- Accurate contours;
- Minimal discomfort; and
- Reduction in procedure time.
HOW IT WORKS
Using a pulsating water spray, the Body- Jet separates fat cells from their connective tissue. Vital structures, such as blood vessels, mostly stay intact.
Body-Jet also removes fluids from the patient almost as quickly as they are introduced, so that the patient experiences a quick procedure. Because less fluid is in the patient at any given time, minimal discomfort and a faster and potentially more accurate procedure is possible.
Water-jet-assisted liposuction also provides the ability to harvest fat for transfer without the lengthy processing usually required. The technique was developed to get around the problems associated with tumescent infiltration that are commonly used with other liposuction techniques- standard, mechanical-assisted, and ultrasound- assisted.
Traditional tmescent infiltration can cause fluid shifts, prolonged swelling, and toxic local anaesthetic dosage, which can result in heart arrhythmias, fits, or even death many hours after the operation.
The fan-shaped water jet infiltrates the fatty tissue, transforming it into a gelatinous state. The tissue can then be suctioned off in a manner that is less stressful for the patient than conventional liposuction.
The water jet has an impact power comparable to a powerful shower head. It therefore does not carry any risks of shearing and trauma to the adjacent tissues. The blood vessels are kept intact. Hence, less bruising and swelling is seen after water-assisted liposuction than any other liposuction technique, according to the firm.
The system’s AquaShape®FT Lipo- Collector™ is designed to harvest and collect dislodged fat during water-jet-assisted liposuction.
Because the Body-Jet requires less infiltration fluid and less exposure time for fluid uptake by the fatty cells, physicians can harvest quality fat cells that do not require a centrifuging process.
The fat removed by the Body-Jet is in a “washed” condition. The LipoCollector gently separates excess fluids, leaving a volume of pristine fat, which is immediately available for any application desired by the surgeon.
According to the company, patients experience little discomfort, quick healing, and visibly precise results. Physicians will notice easy handling, fast patient turnover, and satisfied clients.
In addition to the Body-Jet, Eclipsemed last year released the SmartXide DOT (dermal optical thermolysis) laser, a fractional CO2 laser system that provides ablative thermal energy using a 350-ìm spot. The accompanying hand scanner can deliver a customized scanned pattern with adjustable power, pattern density, and dwell times. CO2‘s longer wavelength, combined with fractional laser technology, goes deeper into the dermis than current, minimally ablative fractional treatments.
Palomar Medical Technologies
82 Cambridge St
Burlington, MA 01803
The SlimLipo™ body-sculpting laser from Palomar Medical Technologies Inc “melts” unwanted fat efficiently and effectively by selectively targeting adipose tissue. It offers a choice of optimized wavelengths and a unique tip design, which provide excellent results with minimal downtime for the patient, according to the company.
The system provides skin tightening via laser-assisted lipolysis (with smoother skin with less contour deformities), improved healing with small incisions, less bruising, reduced pain, and minimal blood loss and swelling. It also produces results with less downtime for patients who need to return to work or other activities the same day.
SlimLipo also offers benefits to the physician. Palomar’s choice of highly-selective wavelengths results in decreased fatigue- the SlimLipo treatment tip moves easily through all treatment areas, even fibrous tissue. Physicians can treat patients in areas that are not normally treated with traditional liposuction, such as small areas and for the revision of contour deformities.
The laser system offers the following:
- Continuous wave technology, for superior control of thermal effects versus competing high peak power lasers;
- Dual laser wavelengths of 924 nm and 975 nm for optimized fat and dermal tissue lasing;
- Interchangeable treatment tip designs for specific treatment areas;
- An aiming beam for precise visualization of the treatment tip during treatment;
- Improved speed of operation when compared with competing laser-assisted lipolysis devices; and,
- Reduced overhead costs (often, no anesthesiologist is needed).
The 924-nm wavelength has nearly four times the preference for fat over dermal tissue, which frees the lipids contained in adipose tissue for aspiration. By using selective photothermolysis to specifically target and “melt” fat, SlimLipo preserves more of the connective tissue; it doesn’t simply tear through the tissue structure.
The 975-nm wavelength is preferentially absorbed by the water in dermal tissue. The heating of dermal tissue has been shown to have skin-tightening effects for improved body contouring.
“As an active veteran plastic surgeon, I have never been more impressed with technical innovations than with SlimLipo,” says Lewis Obi, MD, of the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Jacksonville, Fla.
“The results have been so impressive with this new technology that dozens of patients have scheduled SlimLipo procedures. It is remarkable that the majority of patients experience very little bruising, pain, or interference with activities. I have had to expand my surgery schedule for these new and grateful patients,” he adds.
“After working with all of the currently available wavelengths for laser-assisted lipolysis, Palomar is the company that has best addressed this by developing technology that fits the science,” says Robert Weiss, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Using optimized wavelengths to specifically target both lipids and dermis and combining it with continuous-wave delivery for a smooth and efficient dispersion of energy through a specially engineered tip, this technology stands apart from its predecessors.”
“Physicians really like that fact that this is an easy procedure to do,” says CEO Joseph P. Caruso. “The fatigue that physicians usually feel when they do general liposuction is not present in the SlimLipo procedure, because we have such good selectivity in the wavelength we use. The fiber moves smoothly through not only the fatty tissue but also through fibrous tissue, and we basically ‘melt’ the fat down to a liquefied form that is very easily removed with smaller cannulas. So, there is less bruising, it’s faster, there’s less fatigue on the physician; and the overall result is pretty amazing.”
Most laser liposuction systems on the market today use a 1064 nm or 1320 nm laser wavelength. According to the company, the best wavelength that is most highly absorbed by fat is 924 nm, a wavelength patented for laser-assisted lipolysis.
SlimLipo was the first 924-nm-based laser liposuction system on the market. It is three times as selectively absorbed by fat as the 1064 nm lasers and two times more than 1320 nm systems. It is also five times as selectively absorbed by blood.