Aesthetic Devices: Splitting Energy

The best fractional devices for your patients and practice.
MedEsthetics July/August 2019

In the Medical Aesthetics Industry, few technologies have taken hold quite as quickly as fractional photothermolysis. Rox Anderson, MD, PhD, and Dieter Manstein, MD, PhD, introduced the concept of “applying an array of microscopic treatment zones (MTZ) of thermal injury to the skin” as a lower risk alternative to fully ablative laser skin resurfacing in 2003. One year later, the 1,550nm Fraxel laser was released.

Syneron-Candela Unveils New Technology and Indications at AAD Annual Meeting

Syneron-Candela revealed updates to its GentleTouch, PicoWay and Profound technologies during the 2017 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meeting in Orlando, Florida.

The GentleTouch solid-state laser system has added CE mark approval to its FDA clearance and joins the company’s portfolio as the only device to combine alexandrite and radiofrequency (RF) energies for hair reduction. The system includes patent-pending EverCool, a contact-cooling method cleared for hair removal on all skin types.

Energy-Based Treatments Safe After PMMA Injections

Energy-Based Treatments Safe After PMMA Injections

In a recent study, researchers Douglas C. Wu, MD, et al, evaluated the safety and histopathological effects of different laser, light and ultrasound modalities on skin previously injected with a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) filler (Bellafill, Suneva Medical).

Bellafill is a soft tissue dermal filler composed of non-resorbable microspheres, suspended in a water-based carrier gel with 3.5% bovine collagen; it is FDA approved for the correction of nasolabial folds and atrophic facial acne scars.

Rejuvenation for Her

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Rejuvenation for Her

The diVA hybrid fractional laser from Sciton offers immediate vaginal rejuvenation in one three-minute session with no downtime. High Precision Automation (HPA) automatically delivers consistent, independently configurable ablation and coagulation in a single pass, and single-use Strengthened Quartz Dilators (SQDs) expand vaginal tissue and provide 360° of laser delivery. The 1470nm ablative setting outputs up to 1.5J of energy with up to 100ms pulse widths; the nonablative 2940nm wavelength offers up to 2J and 7ms.

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Laser Resurfacing: Below the Surface

Nonablative fractional devices are an effective tool for acne scars, skin of color and younger patients seeking minor rejuvenation.
Below the Surface

Fractional laser devices, which pixelate the laser beam, dividing it into thousands of microscopic treatment zones to target a fraction of the skin at a time, have become key tools for dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Reliant Technologies introduced the first commercial fractional laser in 2004 under the brand Fraxel. The original 1550nm nonablative Fraxel device led to a proliferation of platforms, including several fractional ablative systems.