Palomar debuts cosmetic laser devices at American Academy of Dermatology meeting

MARCH 10, 2009--Palomar Medical Technologies (Burlington, MA), developer of light-based systems for laser plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments, unveiled four new devices during the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) annual meeting (San Francisco, CA), which concluded yesterday. The new instruments target deep skin resurfacing, wrinkle treatment, hair removal, and body sculpting ("laser liposuction"); Palomar expects to begin shipments this Spring.

The new the XD Optic, designed for use with the StarLux 500 laser and pulsed-light system, attaches easily to the Lux1440 and Lux1540 fractional non-ablative laser handpieces, Palomar says. The XD Optic provides deeper columns of micro-damage for deeper skin treatments. Palomar plans to seek FDA clearance for this device and will begin shipping upon approval.

Palomar designed its GROOVE Optic, for use with the Lux2940 fractional ablative laser, to provide lines of fractional ablation. The Groove Optic promises results approaching the gold standard full-surface ablation treatment but with the minimal downtime of a fractional treatment. By changing the shape of the micro areas of ablative damage from "dot" to "line", the pattern of treatment can now be correlated with that of wrinkles. With multiple passes, a faster, more uniform coverage can also be realized. The Lux2940 is FDA cleared for skin resurfacing and treatment of wrinkles, rhytides, furrows, fine lines, textural irregularities, pigmented lesions, and vascular dyschromia. Palomar plans to begin shipping the GROOVE Optic this Spring.

The LuxPowR intense pulsed-light handpiece brings permanent hair reduction to a new level, without sacrificing comfort, Palomar claims. Capitalizing on the StarLux 500's increased power and cooling, the LuxPowR's optical train generates fluence up to a 100 J/cm2. An efficient cooling system and advanced optical filtration are provided for patient comfort and safety. Palomar plans to begin shipments this Spring.

Finally, Palomar says its new 40 Watt Aspire SlimLipo Body Sculpting Laser is the premier member of its SlimLipo body sculpting family. With its high continuous wave power output, optimized dual-wavelengths, and superior treatment tip design, the 40 Watt system enables fast treatment of larger volumes of fat. The SlimLipo laser-assisted lipolysis device promises excellent results with minimal patient downtime for true laser body sculpting. Palomar plans to begin shipments of the new SlimLipo unit in the coming weeks.

"Even in this difficult economic environment, we continue to devote a large percentage of our revenue to research and development in comparison to others in our industry," says Palomar CEO Joseph P. Caruso. "The benefits of this investment are shown in our current and new products, and we have protected this investment through our intellectual property portfolio. We are excited about our new products which represent Palomar's commitment to continued research and improved science."

Caruso reports that several physicians are seeing "fantastic results" using a combination therapy with the XD Optic on the Lux1440 or Lux1540 followed by the GROOVE Optic on the Lux2940. "Some physicians believe this combination therapy best addresses the unique needs of the aging face--deep non-ablative resurfacing with the XD Optic for excellent reduction in dyschromia and ablative resurfacing with the GROOVE Optic for reduction of moderate lines and texture. Our goal is to offer physicians multiple treatment options with the fastest and most effective products. The new 40 Watt SlimLipo Body Sculpting Laser represents that objective and will revolutionize the laser-assisted liposuction industry," he explains.

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Posted by Barbara G. Goode, barbarag@pennwell.com, for BioOptics World.

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