Energy-based devices have revolutionized the treatment of skin conditions—from acne scars to varicose veins—and the removal of unwanted hair. With laser treatments, patients receive gentle, noninvasive, and long-lasting solutions painlessly with minimal downtime. Take a look at some of the newest devices on the market.


The GentleMax™ Integrated Aesthetic Workstation by Candela is a single-footprint device that offers multiple configurations of the long-pulse alexandrite laser, long-pulse YAG lasers, erbium lasers, and fluorescent pulsed light, coupled with two skin-cooling options. The GentleMax also features spot sizes ranging from 1.5 mm to 18.0 mm that provide powerful and effective treatments, including skin tightening, wrinkle removal, skin rejuvenation, hair removal for all skin types, vascular lesions, and pigmented lesions. The device offers 36 configurations and more than 50 applications that practitioners can choose from.

For additional information, contact Candela Corp, 530 Boston Post Rd, Wayland, MA 01778; (800) 733-8550;

Syneron Medical

The Contour Applicator™ by Syneron Medical is a small applicator for use with the VelaSmooth™ System. The Contour Applicator, which is ergonomically designed to fit in the user’s hand, facilitates spot treatments in hard-to-reach areas and may be used for cellulite treatments on the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. VelaSmooth is a noninvasive device based on Syneron’s elos technology—a combination of bipolar radiofrequency (RF) and light energy—and is designed to improve skin texture and reduce localized fat deposits. The VelaSmooth system provides simultaneous application of light energy to the tissue at a controlled IR wavelength and conducted RF energy. The applicator enhances the effects of cellulite reduction on the chin, neck, arms, bra line, knees, and backs of the calves.

For additional information, contact Syneron Medical Ltd, 111 Granton Dr, Unit 110, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L5, Canada; (866) 259-6661;

Palomar Medical Technologies

The StarLux® 500 Laser and Pulsed Light System by Palomar Medical Technologies now offers 70% more power, faster treatments, and higher peak power for greater efficacy. StarLux 500 performs permanent hair reduction and photofacials for pigmented and vascular lesions. New handpieces for the StarLux Platform include the LuxDeepIR™ fractional infrared handpiece for fractional skin tightening through soft-tissue coagulation and the Lux1540-Z™ fractional laser handpiece for soft-tissue coagulation and nonablative skin resurfacing. [An FDA 510(k) application has been submitted for skin resurfacing.] Both handpieces use contact cooling to preserve the integrity of the epidermis and upper dermis, while stimulating new tissue development in the dermis.

For additional information, contact Palomar Medical Technologies Inc, 82 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803; (800) PALOMAR;


Thermage introduces Hands by Thermage™, a noninvasive treatment in the suite of Body by Thermage™ procedures, for treating patients who want younger-looking hands without surgery or downtime. The company also introduces its 1.5-cm2 ST ThermaTip™ for use in treating hands. Hands by Thermage may be used on patients who have thinning skin on their hands or those who want to diminish the appearance of veins and gain more radiant skin texture. ThermaTip features a shallow heating profile, which focuses the radiofrequency energy in the dermal layer of the skin for a smoothing and tightening result. Hands by Thermage delivers uniform volumetric heating to tighten existing collagen and stimulate collagen growth. Patients benefit from a single treatment. Results are subtle and improve over time as new collagen forms.

For additional information, contact Thermage Inc, 25881 Industrial Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545-2991; (510) 782-2286;


LimeLight™ from Cutera is a three-in-one programmable-wavelength device for skin rejuvenation, pigmented lesions, and facial vascular lesions, including telangiectasias. LimeLight gives practitioners control of the parameters most effective for each particular lesion. By tuning in the exact target settings on LimeLight, the treatment time for diffuse redness and pigmented lesions is minimized. The device is compatible with Cutera’s Xeo and Solera platforms. The company also offers a clinical navigation user interface for the Xeo platform. Xeo Navigation integrates a mapping feature that steers practitioners to treatment-guideline parameter ranges for a variety of patient conditions.

For additional information, contact Cutera, 3240 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane, CA 94005; (888) 4CUTERA;


CoolTouch introduces its CT3PLUS 1320-nm laser for nonablative skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, active acne treatment, and acne-scar removal. The 1320-nm wavelength penetrates upper to deep dermal tissue to stimulate the generation of collagen without surface damage or pigmentary changes. The CT3PLUS also features a CoolBreeze™ treatment mode, which provides painless skin tightening.

For additional information, contact CoolTouch Inc, 9085 Foothills Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747; (916) 677-1900; www.


The Whisper™ dry-peel laser by Radiancy delivers a safe and fast full-laser facial in minutes and achieves results with pinpoint accuracy, providing a deeper peel, with more predictable results, than a chemical peel. The Whisper laser treatment minimizes pores, diminishes discolorations, smoothes fine lines, and improves skin texture. The “dry” peel is easily tolerated, with no wiping necessary and no downtime. Makeup can be applied the next day.

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

Genesis Biosystems

The Chromolite™ intense pulsed-light (IPL) system with Smartlite™ treatment technology by Genesis Biosystems may be used for many procedures, including permanent hair reduction, active acne, vascular lesions, and photorejuvenation of skin types I–V. The Chromolite is easy to use, reduces treatment time, and provides quick results. Unlike most IPL systems on the market, no cooling gel is needed during treatment. Due to the nature of the treatment, red- and yellow-wavelength light energy can be applied to the subsurface skin layers with minimal side effects and patient discomfort.

For additional information, contact Genesis Biosystems Inc, 405 State Hwy 121 Bypass, Suite D-120, Lewisville, TX 75067; (888) 577-PEEL;

Novalis Medical

Clareon by Novalis Medical is the only system with patented, FDA-approved krypton pulsed-light technology. The unit may be used to provide skin-rejuvenation and sun-damage treatments, permanent hair reduction, leg- and facial-vein reduction, and acne and rosacea treatments. Clareon is designed to accommodate future technologies: for example, a soon-to-be-available IR skin-tightening handpiece.

For additional information, contact Novalis Medical LLC, 6202 Benjamin Rd, Suite 112, Tampa, FL 33634; (866) 627-4475;

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