Studies report laser treatment reduces bruising, facilitates healing following cosmetic surgery

JUNE 22, 2009--Candela Corp. (Wayland, MA) (Nasdaq: CLZR) says that two studies have reported superior results on patients who benefited from the Candela Vbeam laser treatments for bruising resulting from cosmetic procedures. The studies concluded that the Vbeam pulsed-dye laser significantly expedited the healing process, improved outcomes, and provided greater overall patient satisfaction.

A study published by the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery concluded that "the Vbeam laser treatment resulted in a 63% mean improvement in ecchymoses scores within forty-eight (48) to seventy-two (72) hours." The second study evaluated the effectiveness and safety of the long pulse PDL (pulsed dye laser) (the Vbeam) for the treatment of ecchymoses and showed that 24 hours post-treatment with the Vbeam laser, the average improvement was 62% and 13% for treated and untreated bruises, respectively. The results were presented in a session titled "A Simple Solution to a Common Problem," at the 2009 American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) annual conference. The research was conducted by Elizabeth Hale, M.D., Julie Karen, M.D., Chris Hunzeker, M.D., Elliot Weiss, M.D., Leonard Bernstein, M.D., Lori Brightman, M.D., Anne Chapas, M.D., and Roy Geronemus, M.D.

According to Dr. Geronemus, director of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, "There are millions of surgical and injectable procedures performed every year which often have bruising as a side effect that can last up to two weeks." Dr. Geronemus continued, "This is a significant new use for the Vbeam which was already our 'workhorse' laser because of its efficacy and safety profile for a wide variety of applications including skin rejuvenation, the treatment of rosacea, acne, diffuse redness, scars and more."

Edwin F. Williams, M.D., director of The Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists, and nationally recognized plastic surgeon, pioneered the Vbeam treatment. "Anytime you penetrate the skin there is a potential for bruising and we find that it is the bruising which occurs after many of these procedures that prevents patients from getting out into the public. It is extremely difficult to cover these unsightly marks with make-up and bruising can last for a number of weeks," he said. "After just one treatment with the Vbeam, our patients experience dramatic clearance of the injured blood vessels. This treatment is a significant differentiator to our practice and we are excited to finally be able to offer our patients a safe and easy treatment of bruising that works!"

For more information see the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery study, titled "Pulsed-Dye Laser for Treating Ecchymoses After Facial Cosmetic Procedures." See also details on the session at the ASLMS event that included the report "A Simple Solution to a Common Problem."

And, find information about Candela's Vbeam technology at the company's website.

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

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