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    Energy-Based Technology Development Gains Momentum

     

    The SP Dynamis™ from Fotona, LLC (Dallas, Texas), joins two complementary laser wavelengths to function as versatile multipurpose systems that can perform a wide-range of applications in aesthetics, surgery and gynecology. Fotona’s Nd:YAG wavelength is effective for reaching the deepest layers of the skin, while the system’s Er:YAG wavelength is ideal for dealing with surface imperfections to reveal visually attractive, long lasting results.

    As a “gold standard” skin resurfacing platform, the Phoenix CO2 laser from Rohrer Aesthetics, LLC (Homewood, Ala.), works to remove fine lines and wrinkles on the face, warts, moles and skin tags on the body, as well as resurface hands in under two minutes. Furthermore, the system’s rejuVAnate vaginal treatment addresses conditions like dryness, itching, painful intercourse and urination problems. The laser can also be engaged to resurface and improve the external appearance of the vagina.

    Such feminine rejuvenation procedures represent an expanding segment of the energy-based device market, tackling a number of medical and aesthetic needs across a wide-range of age groups, according to the Non-Surgical Feminine Rejuvenation market study that Medical Insight released in April 2017.

    Due to high consumer interest, energy-based feminine rejuvenation has the potential to become another channel for introducing new aesthetic patients to additional treatments, the report states. In 2016, for instance, total global sales of feminine rejuvenation products exceeded $100 million and through 2021, sales are estimated to rise by 26% annually.

    According to Dr. Sadick, “The technology behind feminine rejuvenation has also been playing an increased role, with multiple RF and laser-based energies that are improving, and good patient response. We’re still looking for a good indication to present to the FDA to obtain approval for these technologies.”

    With vaginal rejuvenation devices the problem was that they were basically unproven, scientifically, stated Dr. Pozner. “When the first devices came out many thought they worked well, but there was no clinical evidence. Now the science has caught up and we know these devices are truly worthwhile to post-partum and menopausal women. Home-use devices are next. Even if they are not as effective as energy-based, in-office procedures they are something women can use at home for touch ups.”

    Popular feminine rejuvenation platforms include the ULTRA Femme 360™ from BTL Aesthetics (Boston, Mass.), an RF-based system designed specifically to treat the tissue of women’s intimate anatomy. The treatment is safe and effective, as well as comfortable and without downtime, with a best-in-class procedure time lasting only eight minutes (internally). Building on the versatility of the BTL Exilis™ Ultra 360 platform, this emergent application in the field of feminine health provides added value for adopters, including many benefits that positively impact a woman’s physical health and quality of life.

    ThermiVa® from Thermi, an Almirall company (Irving, Texas) is a temperature controlled RF-based device for non-surgical feminine rejuvenation treatments. Using ThermiVa’s temperature control capability, physicians can customize the selected therapeutic endpoint for each patient. During the procedure, which is non-invasive, non-ablative, non-hormonal and requires no anesthesia, the ThermiVa handpiece addresses the internal and external anatomical features of the vagina by gently heating tissue so that women can reclaim, restore and revive skin without discomfort or downtime.

    Even more so than feminine rejuvenation, the market for energy-based body shaping and skin tightening is becoming quite large, as well. Many practitioners, especially surgeons are attracted to these modalities in order to offer patients less invasive therapies or as an adjunct to surgical interventions.

    As part of the body shaping craze, people are looking for solutions that work to solve the problem of cellulite. “The increased demand for cellulite treatments has driven both men and women into clinics,” noted Dr. Sadick. “As products like Cellfina (Merz Aesthetics) and Cellulaze (Cynosure) have entered the market, patients are excited about new technologies that actually work.”

     

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