Intense Pulse Light Technology Turns 20
Apr 8, 2012 - 12:36:00 PM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - This year, Syneron Medical Ltd. (http://www.syneron.com) founded in 2000 in Yokneam, Israel, recognized the twentieth anniversary of the invention of Intense Pulse Light technology, patented by co-founder and chairman of the board Shimon Eckhouse, Ph.D. Today, you can walk into every skin clinic or laser center in any corner of the world, and you are likely to find some variation on IPL technology.
The development of IPL in 1992 paved the way for new theories that provided safe and predictable treatment options for patients, regardless of skin type, including Syneron's own proprietary technology -- electro-optical synergy or elōs®. Looking back to the late 1980s and into the early 1990s, physicians became focused on the potential of laser-based aesthetic treatments. “In comparison, intense pulsed light (IPL) was a new way of performing the same processes in the skin. However, IPL had several advantages over lasers, including control over the spectrum of wavelengths, variable pulse durations, and the ability to treat larger areas of the skin; all of which provided better results,” said Dr. Eckhouse.
Ultimately, the discovery of IPL led to the creation of a new generation of aesthetic treatments called “photorejuvenation,” while also providing dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and cosmetic practitioners with safer, low downtime, treatment options for skin conditions such as rosacea, spider veins, enlarged pores, brown spots, melasma, and hair removal. According to Dr. Eckhouse, "The concept that drove the invention of IPL was further improved with the development of the elōs platform that is the cornerstone of innovative solutions that deliver predictable and safe results for doctors and their patients."
“Two decades later, Syneron's elōs based solutions are still delivering excellent treatment options due to the high safety profile of this technology. I am thrilled to be able to offer my patients a total skin rejuvenation treatment, addressing all aspects of their skin flaws, and all this without pain or downtime. We can thank Shimon Eckhouse for having the vision to bring this breakthrough technology into the forefront of medical aesthetics,” said Judith Hellman, M.D., New York City Dermatologist.
A veritable powerhouse in the laser world, Dr. Eckhouse is the driving force behind Syneron Medical Ltd.’s innovations, and holds more than 20 registered patents and has published more than 50 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals. Five product families were launched from their early discoveries that set the stage for their success. According to Vincent Afsahi, M.D., a Dermatologist in Newport Beach, CA, and one of the early adopters of elos, “Syneron has always been a leading innovator in our field. They were the first company to bring skin rejuvenation to a broader patient population by combining IPL with Radio Frequency, which was cutting-edge. The combination of these two energy sources was proven to have unique never before seen benefits.”
Fast forward to 2012, and the newest platform introduced by Syneron is the uber popular evolastin™ powered by ePrime® that delivers controlled energy directly to the deep dermis using micro-needles to stimulate collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The pioneers behind Syneron have generated a multitude of successful inventions that maintain Syneron’s current position as the largest energy-based device manufacturer in the aesthetic industry.
To find a Syneron practitioner near you, visit http://www.syneron.com
Wendy Lewis is President of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd, Global Aesthetics Consultancy, author of 11 beauty books and the Founder and Editor of BeautyInTheBag
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