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Syneron Candela have announced the FDA clearance of the PicoWay Picosecond laser for tattoo removal.
PicoWay is a state-of-the-art dual wavelength device, with 1064nm and 532nm wavelengths, which utilises the proprietary PicoWay TechnologyTM to generate picosecond pulses for the removal of tattoos. The FDA clearance is for all tattoo colours: red, yellow and orange for the 532nm wavelength; black, brown, green, blue and purple for the 1064nm wavelength.
The UK launch of PicoWay will begin immediately, following the launch of the product in the international market in October. PicoWay incorporates picosecond (one trillionth of a second) pulse duration to generate an ultra-short pulse and very high peak power of laser energy on the skin. The high energy ultra-short picosecond laser pulse creates a strong photo-mechanical impact that optimizes fracturing of tattoo ink.
The innovative PicoWay Technology is integrated into a proven, reliable Syneron Candela platform which offers high reliability, superior performance and low cost of ownership.
In support of the FDA 510(K) clearance, the performance of the PicoWay system was evaluated in a prospective, US multicenter study conducted by Eric Bernstein, MD, Arielle Kauvar, MD, and Tina Alster, MD as the primary investigators. A large majority of subjects (86%) achieved at least 50% tattoo clearance after only 3 treatments based on blinded, independent review. Device treatment also presented a favorable safety profile with no device-related serious adverse events, and low levels of pain or discomfort throughout the study.
Dr. Eric Bernstein, President of Main Line Center for Laser Surgery, said:
“PicoWay is an innovative and exciting breakthrough for tattoo removal. As a dual wavelength Nd:YAG laser, it delivers extremely high peak-power, picosecond pulses enabling the treatment of all skin types. What this means is extremely impressive results, which translate into very happy patients. PicoWay is a game-changing laser for tattoo removal, and could not have come at a better time.”
“We expect a strong interest in PicoWay. Tattoo removal represents a significant market opportunity, with estimates that of the 45 million Americans with at least one tattoo, 20% want to have their tattoo removed. PicoWay provides a powerful new option, which clinical trials have shown to offer high rates of tattoo removal in very few treatments.”
Dr. Shimon Eckhouse, Chairman of the Board of Syneron Candela commented:
“PicoWay represents a new era in aesthetic and dermatologic laser applications due to its mechanism of action which is mainly based on the photomechanical (photo-acoustic) effect compared to photo-thermal effect which is used in longer pulse duration aesthetic laser and IPL devices. With the shortest picosecond pulse and the highest peak power on the market the PicoWay enables efficient tattoo removal with less treatment sessions, more comfort to patients and new revenue streams for our customers.
The different mechanism of action of the PicoWay turns it into a new aesthetic platform with wide range of new aesthetic applications that our scientists and doctors are working on. The highly trusted, reliable Candela platform used on the PicoWay was demonstrated in the multi-site clinical trials performed with the device in the US and internationally on a wide range of indications. This very high reliability and ease of use for the doctor are important advantages of the PicoWay”.
For more information contact Syneron-Candela on 0845 521 0698 or visit www.syneron-candela.co.uk