Aesthetic Laser Technology: A History


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The PaloVia® Skin Renewing Laser® is a true scientific breakthrough. Learn how the PaloVia laser fits into the history of aesthetic laser technology from the early years of lasers, to the development of fractional laser treatments, to the successful commercial launch of the first FDA-cleared, at-home laser to treat eye wrinkles.

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Aesthetic Laser Technology: A History

  1. 1. Aesthetic Laser Technology: A History
  2. 2. SummaryLaser technology began as anabstract concept that, in less than ahundred years, developed into anentirely new branch of science.The pioneering laser physicists of the 1960s could never have predicted how manyapplications their work would inspire – from military and industrial uses, to medicaland dental applications, to consumer products. These innovations in laser technologynot only affect individuals’ personal health, they also affect our national economy –since innovation and productivity are key drivers of growth.This presentation takes a look at the history of the laser and how advancements overthe last hundred years led to a handheld laser that can reduce eye wrinkles.Read more about The Power of Light:The Evolution of Aesthetic Laser Treatments 2
  3. 3. Lasers: The Foundation YearsThe history of lasers began with Albert Einstein in 1917, when he published atheoretical framework for lasers.Key milestones in the history of laser technology include:  1960 – The first functional laser was created.  1974 – Barcode scanners started to be used in grocery stores.  1982 – The first CD player was introduced. 3
  4. 4. Early 1990s: Laser Treatments for Wrinkles IntroducedBetween 1992 and 1994, ablative lasers (carbon dioxide or Erbium) werefirst used to treat wrinkles. Ablation is the process of removing the toplayer of the skin and part of the second layer, or sub-layer.Ablative lasers were effective, but the procedure posed several challenges.A few of the most noted issues associated with ablative laser treatment forwrinkles include:  Risk of infection  Possibility of scar tissue  Four-month recovery time  High cost of the procedure 4
  5. 5. Mid-to-Late 90s: The Palomar RevolutionEven as ablative lasers were being used for wrinkle treatments, Palomar sawopportunities to improve the patient experience and minimize the recoverytime. From 1994-2000, Palomar scientists developed non-ablative, fractionallaser treatments. This new technique keeps the outer layer of skin in place(“non-ablative”) and treats only a small portion (“fraction”) of the skin with eachapplication of light.The results were revolutionary. Palomar scientists had developed a new typeof treatment with:  Significantly less risk of infection  Less prolonged recovery timeAs a result of Palomar’s advances, more people now enjoy the clinicallyproven benefits of laser skincare treatments. 5
  6. 6. 2000-2011: Aesthetic Laser Treatments Come HomeIn 2000, Palomar Medical Technologies filed for a patent on fractional lasertechnology, which has since become the standard for professional aesthetictreatments. Less than a decade later, Palomar received FDA clearance for thefirst at-home fractional laser to treat eye wrinkles (in 2009).In 2011, Palomar launched the PaloVia®Skin Renewing Laser® and began toadvertise this revolutionary at-homeproduct. The PaloVia laser won theprestigious Allure Breakthrough Award,and media outlets raved about theadvancement. 6
  7. 7. The People Behind the PaloVia LaserThe PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser was developed by a committed team of laserphysicists, engineers and other scientists at Palomar Medical Technologies.The following individuals at Palomar helped advance laser technology to create thePaloVia laser: Michael Smotrich, Ph.D. Stewart W. Wilson, MS EE Founded Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. Researched miniaturization of laser technology Gregory Altshuler, Ph.D. Oldrich M. Laznicka Jr., MS EE Obtained joint patent for fractional laser Incorporated skin sensor technology Ilya Yaroslavsky, Ph.D. Sharon Timberlake, MS Adapted laser technology for use at home Oversaw submission to secure FDA clearance 7
  8. 8. The Future of Aesthetic Laser Treatments Our team of scientists and engineers continues to research ways to improve aesthetic laser technology.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at: 1-866-PALOVIA (1-866-725-6842)  Or contact a PaloVia Customer Care representative.  Or visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page.Copyright © 2012 Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. PaloVia, Palomar, Skin Renewing Laser and Proven by dermatologists. Perfected for you. areall registered trademarks of Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. 8