In recent years, lasers have played a big part in non-surgical feminine rejuvenation procedures and other forms of aesthetic gynecology.
For the physician looking to establish a feminine rejuvenation business, the multiplatform CO2 MiXto Pro V-Lase® from Lasering USA (San Ramon, Calif.) performs non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation treatments, in addition to ablative skin resurfacing, hair removal and facial rejuvenation. Indications include acne scars, facial wrinkles, stretch marks, facial and leg vascular lesions, and benign pigmented lesions.
Aesthetic laser technology continues to improve within the body shaping arena as well.
One example of this is exemplified in SLIMUS by Hironic Co., Ltd. (Seoul, Korea), a non-invasive lipolysis device for use on various body areas, such as the abdomen, back, arms and thighs. The system features Laser Vibration Alliance Technology (LVAT), which provides high penetration depth while achieving minimal absorption in the dermis. The LVAT also synchronizes with the unit’s 1060 nm diode laser for effective fat reduction.
“These are well-regarded companies with really good track records that have been improving on established workhorse technologies, and developing novel technologies, as well,” stated Dr. Chapas. “I think we’re going to see a lot of great devices for vascular issues – in addition to skin resurfacing and tattoo removal systems – more in the picosecond
Of late, tattoo removal, once the sole province of Q-switched and Nd:YAG lasers, has been addressed by modern picosecond devices. The PICOCARE picosecond Nd:YAG laser from WonTech, LLC (Philadelphia, Penn.), offers wavelengths of 532 nm, 595 nm, 660 nm and 1064 nm for tattoo removal, along with treatment of dermal, epidermal and pigmented
Another example of Picosecond technology is presented in the Discovery PICO Series 1064 nm, 532 nm and 694 nm (ns only) system from Quanta Aesthetic Lasers (Samarate, Varese, Italy). Discovery PICO Series delivers both picosecond and nanosecond pulses with an industry leading 1.8 Gw of peak power. In addition, PICOBOOST technology offers four separate emission modes. Options include a chilled tip Twain IPL and a Twain Er:YAG handpiece.
In recent years, we’ve observed manufacturers and physicians embracing multifunctional platforms, Dr. Zimmerman noted. “It’s a smart move to bundle treatment modalities using a single energy-based platform. For instance, we have a photofractional device that is a combination of a non-ablative technology and IPL,” he said.
“One company may put together a fractional laser that’s in the infrared spectrum, while another does RF utilizing a needle and a tiny disposable. When both vendors claim to be the best of breed, analyzing that claim can be challenging,” he added.