Understanding the aesthetic results that patients want is an important factor in determining which light- or sound-based therapy is likely to provide those results. Lasers and other energy sources should be chosen carefully to address specific skin conditions. Which of these laser, intense pulsed-light, and ultrasound systems is right for your patients?

GlyMed Plus and Physician Elite Rx

The DermaSound Elite Ultrasound machine by GlyMed Plus and Physician Elite Rx combines cavitation, sonophorisis, and microamp into one in-office treatment. The system is safe for all ethnic skin types, and its noninvasive, “colorblind” gentle waves eliminate the rebound concern of postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. DermaSound can be administered without the traditional 28-day home-care preparation time.

For more information, contact GlyMed Plus Inc, 235 N Main St, Spanish Fork, UT 84660; (800) 676-9667; www.glymedplus.com.


Cynosure introduces two pulsed-light systems—PhotoSilk™ Plus and Cynergy PL™—for treating sun-damaged skin, facial vessels, pigmented lesions, rosacea, and unwanted hair. PhotoSilk Plus provides integral cooling through the handpiece and is easily transported from one room to another. Cynergy PL is a portable tabletop unit that requires external cooling. Lightweight handpieces feature a patent-pending flashlamp design that delivers energy directly to the tissue for contact without beam scatter for improved efficacy.

Preset parameters make it simple for trained staff to operate. Fluence and pulse duration may be set manually to customize patient treatments, whereas dual handpieces offer treatment flexibility without changing equipment. No gels are required.

For additional information, contact Cynosure Inc, 5 Carlisle Rd, Westford, MA 01886; (800) 886-2966; www.cynosurelaser.com.


SkinStation® by Radiancy has received FDA clearance for hair removal in Fitzpatrick skin types V and VI. Accord-ing to Radiancy, the system is a safe and effective hair-removal therapy for patients with darker skin types. The product had previously been cleared for treatment of acne vulgaris and vascular lesions on all skin types.

For additional information, contact Radiancy Inc, 40 Ramland Rd S, Suite 10, Orangeburg, NY 10962; (888) 661-2220; www.radiancy.com.

Novalis Medical

Novalis Medical’s Clareon system uses FDA-ap-proved, patented Krypton pulsed-light technology. Krypton spectral-distribution technology delivers higher performance with reduced side effects compared to other systems. Increase your range of services to include skin rejuvenation, sun damage, permanent hair reduction, pigmented and vascular lesion, acne, and rosacea treatment. 

For additional information, contact Novalis Medical, 1719 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606; (866) 627-4475; www.novalismedical.com.

Aesthetic Technologies

The Parisian Peel Elite® digital ultrasound system by Aesthetic Tech­nologies delivers topical rejuvenating agents safely and effectively. Elite ultrasound therapy is effective when used after a Parisian Peel microdermabrasion treatment. Dual-frequency settings and interchangeable handpieces offer multiple treatment options for the face and body. Add Satin C™ lipid-soluble vitamin C serum to address fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, active acne, acne scarring, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation.

For additional information, contact Aesthetic Technolo-gies, 14828 W Sixth Ave, Unit B9, Golden, CO 80401; (800) 262-4412; www.parisianpeel.com.

HOYA ConBio Medical & Dental Lasers

The Medlite™ laser from HOYA ConBio Medical & Dental Lasers is a Q-switched laser that operates at four wavelengths. The Med­Lite removes or reduces tattoos, pigmented epidermal and dermal lesions, acne scars, fine lines, and dark vellus hair on all skin types.

For additional information, contact HOYA ConBio Medical & Dental Lasers, 47733 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538; (800) 532-1064; www.conbio.com.

FriendlyLight Laser 

The LightPod™ 1064-nm laser by FriendlyLight Laser, a member of the LightPod product family, features Micro­Pulse™ technology. The laser packs the energy needed for treatments with submilli­second pulse durations, less than tissue thermal relaxation times, eliminating the need for continuous skin cooling and direct skin contact. The laser treats a wide range of aesthetic procedures, including pain-free removal of hair and pseudofolloculitis barbae on all skin types; photofacials with skin tightening; and removal of vascular lesions. The LightPod is compact, portable, easy to operate, and maintenance-free.

For additional information, contact FriendlyLight Laser Corp, 777 Old Saw Mill River Rd, Suite 205, Tarrytown, NY 10591; (914) 345-8300; www.friendlylight.net.

Reliant Technologies

The Fraxel® Laser by Reliant Technologies is a nonablative skin-resurfacing system that requires virtually no downtime. With each treatment, the Fraxel provides rapid cellular wound healing to repair the effects of aging and sun damage and to stimulate new collagen production. The system may be used for skin-resurfacing procedures, correction of pigmented lesions and periorbital wrinkles, treatment of melasma, and coagulation of soft tissue.

For additional information, contact Reliant Technologies Inc, 260 Sheridan Ave, Third Floor, Palo Alto, CA 94306; (650) 853-1459; www.reliant-tech.com.


Candela introduces a pulsed-dye laser platform that is available in three models: the Aesthetica, the Platinum, and the Perfecta (shown). Plastic surgeons can choose from these configurations to treat patients who seek skin rejuvenation; the removal of brown sun spots, leg and facial veins, and facial redness; and treatment of rosacea.

The lasers can be customized and are fully upgradable. The Aesthetica laser removes vascular (red) and pigmented (brown) spots on the skin; the Platinum treats vascular lesions; and the Perfecta treats vascular and pigmented lesions. Candela’s new “Micro-Pulse” design elminates bruising and, therefore, downtime.

For more information, contact Candela Corp, 530 Boston Post Rd, Wayland, MA 01778; (800) 733-8550; www.candelalaser.com.


Cutera offers Titan™, a light-based technology for collagen contraction. Titan heats the dermis using a safe IR light source with a unique wavelength-filtering design. The noninvasive Titan procedure protects the epidermis through continuous contact cooling, while the infrared light heats the deep dermis to denature and contract. Titan does not require single-use disposables or pain medication.

For additional information, contact Cutera, 3240 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane, CA 94005; (415) 657-5500; www.cutera.com.

Palomar Medical Technologies

The StarLux™ pulsed-light and laser systems by Palo­mar Medical Technologies feature increased fluences on handpieces that filter light in the optimal spectral bands for specific treatments, al-lowing users to offer multiple applications with a single StarLux console.

 The LuxG™ handpiece features increased fluence at its shorter pulse durations and delivers an enhanced effect for treating very small vessels, such as rosacea and port-wine stains. Other handpieces with enhanced fluences include the LuxY for pigmented lesion clearance and hair removal, and the LuxR™ and LuxRs™ for permanent hair reduction on all skin types.

For additional information, contact Palomar Medical Technologies, 82 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803; (800) PALOMAR; www.palomarmedical.com.

USA Photonics

USA Photonics’ Chromo­Test helps determine a patient’s skin type for light-based hair-removal treatments. The ChromoTest makes it possible to exclude patients who are not suitable for treatment and evaluates the skin before embarking on a series of treatments. The system is safe to use with Nd:YAG, diode, alexandrite, and intense pulsed-light lasers.

For additional information, contact USA Photonics Inc, 169 Main St, Nyack, NY 10960; (845) 348-4900; www.usaphotonics.biz.