Candela Corporation announced the introduction of the new QuadraLASE system, which combines a CO2 laser with a scanning system for skin rejuvenation and tightening by treating wrinkles, uneven tone and texture, sun damage, acne scarring, the removal of skin tags, benign lesions and more. Marketing activities will be kicked off at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco (March 6-10, 2009).

The company claims that QuadraSCAN™ technology will minimize heat build-up in the skin, resulting in increased patient comfort. For an aesthetic practice it offers value with no disposables to keep operating costs down and a choice of QS and QD handpieces for variable depth ablation.

Thomas E. Rohrer, M.D., SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill (MA), who performed some of the studies, stated, “Based on my clinical experience with the QuadraLASE system, this device is very versatile, easy-to-use and comfortable for the patient, and it delivers excellent results.”

Comment by Aesthetic Laser Offers

This is yet another system for fractional ablation with CO2. Other than for surgical reasons, CO2 with the lower water absorption (vs. Erbium), should have a limited application in today’s predominantly non-invasive minimal downtime aesthetic market. It remains to be seen how much more (if any) comfortable this system will actually be compared to several brands already established on the market. Pain, downtime and efficacy (results) are related in all fractional lasers. It is very unlikely that the system will be more affordable than the competition, and Candela may have hard time convincing practitioners who are struggling with the economic recession.

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