Phoenix Skin Acquires The Fastest Laser In The World To Erase Unwanted Tattoos

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Phoenix Skin Medical Surgical Group acquires new laser technology for tattoo removal.

Phoenix Skin Medical Surgical Group, a valley based dermatology practice, is the first in the Southwest to offer the Picosure™ laser, promising to erase unwanted tattoos in three to six treatments.

In a recent study from The Patient’s Guide, tattoo removal has soared 32 percent over the last two years. Phoenix Skin has been performing tattoo removal for 20 years, however the previous technology has required 10 to 12 treatments for black ink, and often 20 or more treatments for stubborn, colored tattoos. The present technology forces the patient to wait six to eight weeks between each treatment, thus taking years for many tattoos to disappear. The ground breaking technology in the Picosure laser is erasing tattoos faster than ever before.

"FDA clearance of PicoSure is a major milestone that caps nearly a decade of research and development at Cynosure to commercialize the world's first safe and effective picosecond aesthetic laser specifically designed for the removal of tattoos and benign pigmented lesions," said Cynosure President and CEO Michael Davin. "PicoSure accomplishes this by delivering short-pulse bursts of energy to the skin in trillionths of a second. With data indicating that an estimated 20 percent of the 45 million Americans with at least one tattoo want to have it removed, the FDA clearance of PicoSure creates a first-mover advantage for Cynosure to treat a large and vastly underserved market."

In a study in which 22 subjects with multicolored and recalcitrant tattoos were treated with PicoSure over a two-week period, results demonstrated greater than 80% overall tattoo clearance. On average, 94% clearance was achieved for blue and green ink.

"The picosecond laser's shorter pulse duration erases tattoo pigment more efficiently, leading to a higher level of patient satisfaction and improved results compared to the current technology," Dr. Lee Laris of Phoenix Skin said. "Studies show that picosecond technology more effectively targets blue and green pigment, which is typically difficult to remove. In addition, PicoSure more rapidly lightens other colors, with improved recovery time due to less injury to the surrounding tissue. This is the most dramatic improvement in the treatment of tattoos and pigmented lesions in more than two decades".

Another study of 15 subjects with tattoos and five subjects with benign pigmented lesions was conducted with follow-up at one month and then three months after the last treatment. The study found that 100% of the pigmented lesions were cleared by two treatments, and that tattoo clearance of greater than 75% was achieved in 75% of patients within three to four treatments.
The Picosure laser allows tattoos to be treated in three to four week intervals, with the majority of tattoos disappearing with only three to six treatments.

The procedure is performed in the outpatient setting, only taking a few short minutes. Mild pain from the laser is numbed away with a local anesthetic. Patients are comfortable and can resume normal activities immediately after their procedure. Prices vary depending on the size, location, and color of the tattoo.

The Picosure laser is the light at the end of the tattoo removal tunnel; giving patients a deadline to see their unwanted ink finally vanish.

About Phoenix Skin Dermatology
Practicing in the valley since 1992, Dr. Lee Laris is the Medical Director and Chief Cosmetic Surgeon of Phoenix Skin Dermatology.

Dr. Laris is highly trained in all areas of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology and has built a national reputation as a facial rejuvenation specialist. Dr. Laris is recognized for his use of minimal incision surgery with a focus on maintaining and restoring a youthful appearance via high-tech, less invasive methods including mini face lift, microlipoinjection (fat transfer), Botox, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing and hair restoration.

Dr. Laris and his team of board certified providers at Phoenix Skin Dermatology have been serving dermatology patients in the greater Phoenix area since 1992. Using the latest technologies and the most effective treatments in the field, a host of services are provided to patients that are designed to enhance appearance and improve self-image and sense of well being. http://www.phxskin.com/

About Cynosure, Inc.
Cynosure, Inc. develops and markets aesthetic treatment systems that are used by physicians and other practitioners to perform non invasive and minimally invasive procedures to remove hair, treat vascular and pigmented lesions, remove multicolored tattoos, rejuvenate the skin, liquefy and remove unwanted fat through laser lipolysis, reduce cellulite and treat onychomycosis. Cynosure's products include a broad range of laser and other light-based energy sources, including Alexandrite, pulse dye, Q-switched, Nd: YAG and diode lasers, as well as intense pulsed light. Cynosure was founded in 1991. For corporate or product information, contact Cynosure at 800-886-2966, or visit cynosure.com.

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