Dr. Moelleken is very excited to add the new Alma Family of laser services for his patients. As a long time provider of aesthetic laser procedures, he is pleased to find a system that not only meets his patients’ needs, they exceed them as well. Alma Lasers offers a solution to correct the demands of aging skin and each treatment can be customized to meet your specific needs. Alma Lasers are effective when used to treat areas such as your face, neck, chest, hands, or anywhere your skin has been affected by age or sun-damage.
The field of cutaneous laser surgery has evolved rapidly over the past few decades, fueled by technological innovations and a strong demand for new procedures that minimize downtime and adverse effects while delivering dramatic results. The earliest lasers, pioneered in the 1970s, emitted continuous waves of visible light (argon) or infrared light (carbon dioxide) to cut, coagulate, or ablate tissue in a relatively nonselective fashion. Although these devices had their uses, they were highly operator-dependent and hampered by complications such as scarring due to bulk tissue healing.
The modern era of precision laser surgery began in 1983, when Anderson and Parrish published their theory of Selective Photothermolysis (SP). By applying the principle of SP, laser surgeons could now selectively target light-absorbing molecules (chromophores) in the skin by using specific wavelengths of pulsed radiation. Armed with this powerful breakthrough, scientists joined forces with a growing laser industry to develop pulsed lasers capable of selectively targeting the three major chromophores in the skin: water, hemoglobin, and melanin. Hundreds of lasers were designed to treat a broad range of skin conditions and over the next two decades, refinements in laser technology improved laser safety while making laser treatments available to more patients. The widespread use of epidermal cooling gave birth to the concept of nonablative dermal remodeling, in which hemoglobin, or water-targeting lasers, create thermal damage confined to the dermis, initiating dermal collagen remodeling without sacrificing the integrity of the overlying epidermis.
In the 1990s, nonablative dermal remodeling was introduced as a “no-downtime” alternative to traditional ablative-pulsed lasers such as the carbon dioxide (CO2, 10,600 nm) and erbium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er: YAG, 2,940 nm). Fractional laser resurfacing first became commercially available in 2003, when Reliant Technologies introduced its Fraxel SR device to fill the gap between ablative and nonablative devices. In contrast to ablative lasers, fractional lasers coagulate only 20% of the treated skin, sparing viable epidermis and untreated dermis that maintain the skin’s barrier function while speeding re-epithelialization. The Fraxel SR targets water as a chromophore but in contrast to traditional ablative devices, uses an objective lens and adjustable beam to focus the laser beam within the dermis. This method targets specific depths in the skin: a phenomenon termed “fractional photothermolysis” (FP). Indications for FP have exploded over the past five years to include the treatment of facial and periocular rhytides, facial and non-facial (neck, hands) photodamage, poikiloderma, acne scarring, striae distensae, and dyschromias such as melasma. Because of their broad, popular appeal, it is no surprise that the demand for fractional lasers continues to grow, as does the number of devices now available or in development.
While primarily focusing on laser technology as a means for medical and aesthetic dermatological treatment, Alma Laser also develops and implements radiofrequency and ultrasound technologies. The Alma Laser Company is renowned for providing the most innovative medical technology used in the cosmetic surgery field and cosmetic surgery procedures frequently employ the use of at least one Alma Laser product.
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