SlimLipo laser-assisted liposuction offers patients better results and quicker recovery as compared to traditional liposuction and other liposuction systems currently on the market; Now available in powerful 40 watt model
BURLINGTON, Mass., May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PMTI), a leading researcher and developer of light-based systems for cosmetic treatments, announced today the success of a clinical study showing the benefits of the SlimLipo body sculpting laser for laser-assisted lipolysis. Cleared by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in April of 2008, the SlimLipo laser is now available with 40 watts of power for faster, more effective treatments.
SlimLipo is equipped with the dual laser wavelengths of 924 nm and 975 nm for preferential absorption by fat and dermal tissue, respectively, resulting in efficient fat 'melting' with less contour deformities and faster patient recovery, as seen by a recent study published in US Dermatology, by Dr. Robert Weiss, Director of the Maryland Laser, Skin, and Vein Institute. Dr. Weiss' study found that all of the subjects agreed that the SlimLipo treatment significantly improved the appearance of fat.
"This study proved what I'd been experiencing in my own practice; patients are extremely satisfied with the results, not to mention the improvement in recovery time," said Dr. Weiss. "The study found a decrease in bruising, tenderness and swelling -- all the patients returned to work the next day," he continued.
SlimLipo allows physicians to remove excess fat and tighten the skin through laser-assisted lipolysis in one step. In fact, the study by Dr. Weiss found that patients felt a difference in the smoothness (83 percent) and tightness of their skin (67 percent) right after the SlimLipo treatment, with 100 percent of patients seeing an improvement in skin's smoothness and tightness in three months after the laser treatment.
Brooke Seckel MD, plastic surgeon at Boston Plastic Surgery Associates, Concord MA, agreed, "SlimLipo is a tremendous advancement in liposuction. The most important benefit for me is the absence of contour deformities; the skin remains smooth with no ripples or dents even in very thin patients. Couple that with the added benefit of skin tightening and SlimLipo has certainly transformed my practice."
SlimLipo requires far less physical strain for physicians than traditional liposuction. In addition, the interchangeable treatment tip design gives physicians more control, facilitating treatment of hard-to-reach areas such as the neck or pectorals.
"There is an emerging demand for this kind of treatment option among consumers -- people want stellar results, but do not want to have to take time out of their lives to achieve those results," noted Richard Bankowski, Field Clinical Director for Palomar. "SlimLipo is the best fat reduction method on the market because its technology effectively 'melts' fat for easy aspiration, even in challenging areas of the body, and helps tighten skin."
Palomar will be rolling out a multi-faceted consumer-facing marketing initiative in the coming months that brands the SlimLipo procedure as LifeSculpt. The campaign will emphasize the superior results offered by the LifeSculpt procedure and will highlight how the treatment can fit into even the most active of lifestyles. In addition, a robust consumer-facing Web site, which will include "before" and "after" photos, and find-a-physician functionality, will launch at the end of May.
About Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.: Palomar is a leading researcher and developer of light-based systems for cosmetic treatments. Palomar pioneered the optical hair removal field, when, in 1997, it introduced the first high-powered laser hair removal system. Since then, many of the major advances in light-based hair removal have been based on Palomar technology. In December 2006, Palomar became the first company to receive a 510(k) over-the-counter (OTC) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new, patented, home use, light-based hair removal device. OTC clearance allows the product to be marketed and sold directly to consumers without a prescription. There are now millions of light-based cosmetic procedures performed around the world every year in physician offices, clinics, spas and salons. Palomar is testing many new and exciting applications to further advance the hair removal market and other cosmetic applications. Palomar is focused on developing proprietary light-based technology for introduction to the mass markets. Palomar has granted The Procter & Gamble Company a non-exclusive License Agreement to certain patents, technology and FDA documents related to the home-use, light-based hair removal field for women. In addition, Palomar has an exclusive development and license agreement with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies to develop and potentially commercialize home-use, light-based devices for reducing or reshaping body fat including cellulite, reducing the appearance of skin aging, and reducing or preventing acne.
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