February 14, 2017 – Michael Gold – from Helio Aesthetics
MIAMI — A physician here at South Beach Symposium 2017 reviewed three recent additions to the catalog of aesthetic devices for noninvasive fat removal and skin rejuvenation.
“I think the world of lasers is an incredible thing,” Michael H. Gold, MD, said. “We actually are improving. There’s not a lot new, but we’re improving on what we have and that’s the key. And again, we can take some of the devices into the medical world, which I love because I’m still a dermatologist first, and I think we have some really neat things.
Gold began his presentation with the UltraShape Power tool for the reduction of excess fat. The Power is an improved model from the original UltraShape. It uses pulsed, focused ultrasound and vacuum-assisted radiofrequency that has demonstrated measurable results as soon as 2 weeks after the first treatment, according to Gold. It was approved by the FDA in 2014, though it has been used in Europe since its CE mark approval in 2005. The key improvements include more consistent results and a multi-focus ultrasound that, compared with the previous single-focus, can treat multiple depths from superficial to deep, treating more volume per pulse.
Gold next covered the Neo 1064 nanometer laser with Aerolase. Instead of the standard long-pulse 1064 laser, the Neo uses a shorter pulse at 650 microseconds that can go up to 255 J/cm2 in a single pulse. This new 1064 laser eliminates pain, burns, and adverse effects that were seen in previous generations of 1064 lasers, according to Gold. It can be used to treat acne, hair removal, photo-rejuvenation, facial veins, and rosacea.
The last tool covered was the Intensif micro-needling device by EndyMed. It consists of non-insulated needles that work with radiofrequency energy for simultaneous fractional coagulation and deep dermal heating. It can help with acne scars, deep wrinkles, dilated pores, and stretch marks. It has a pulse algorithm that was designed to deliver the energy in a micro pattern, enabling a more uniform distribution of the energy. This results in more effective, volumetric heating of the skin, providing better results, according to Gold.
“The world’s changing; the world is very small,” Gold said. “Don’t think about what we’re doing here, we’re the only ones. We have our European colleagues who have been doing this longer than we have and [colleagues in Asia], they are at our level or above as well, and they’re innovating all the time. So just have fun with it.” – by Talitha Bennett
References: Gold MH. Devices: Aesthetic Lessons from Around the Globe. Presented at: South Beach Symposium 2017; Feb. 9-12; Miami Beach, Florida.
Disclosure: Gold reports he is a consultant, investigator, and speaker for Syneron-Candela, Aerolase and EndyMed