In today’s world, new systems seems to be increasing at a remarkable pace and Avante Laser & Aesthetics is proud to announce they now offer the latest in skin rejuvenation technology: The Harmony XL Cosmetic Laser System.
In 2008, Alma Lasers Ltd. announced that they had received FDA clearance for its Harmony XL, an expandable platform for multiple aesthetic laser and light treatments. Alma Lasers is a global medical technology company that designs, develops, manufactures, and markets laser intense pulsed light and radiofrequency based aesthetic treatment devices that can be used to treat a broad range of skin types and indications. Alma Lasers believes that its products have been at the forefront of technological development in the energy-based aesthetic treatment system market since commercializing its first aesthetic treatment system in 2002.
The Harmony XL device is the most comprehensive and versatile platform to enter the medical and aesthetic industry. It is the first to combine lasers, pulsed light, near infrared, LED, and UVB technologies with multiple exchangeable hand-pieces to ensure easy and effective singular and combined therapeutic treatment. The Harmony XL also accommodates new versions of Alma’s unique Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) and several different laser technologies. Compared to its successful predecessor, Harmony XL delivers higher energy and is the first Harmony model to incorporate Alma’s proprietary IN-Motion technology, which delivers effective energy with virtually no discomfort over a range of applications. Every Harmony XL hand-piece is designed for maximum effectiveness with minimal patient discomfort.
Just one Harmony XL system incorporates up to six discrete technologies for treating more than 60 popular aesthetic and medical indications including:
• Skin rejuvenation
• Permanent hair reduction
• Acne and Acne scarring
• Skin tightening
• Pigmented lesions
• Leg veins
• Vascular lesions
• Stretch marks
• Tattoo removal
• Surgical Incision and Excision
In the past, for a patient to receive a complete transformation they needed three or four different lasers treatments. With the Harmony XL, only one platform is needed. The Harmony XL laser can be used to treat skin on your forehead, cheeks, chest, upper lip, neck area, and around your eyes for an overall younger and more refreshed look.
One of the most striking advances in procedural dermatology in the past five years has been the proliferation of energy delivery devices such as lasers and broadband light-sources. Although lasers have become an important aspect of dermatology, their narrow electromagnetic spectrum limits their ability to treat a wide range of skin-related abnormalities. In the early 1990’s, the introduction of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices signaled a revolutionary change in the treatment of cutaneous abnormalities. It was no longer necessary to use a laser of a specific wavelength and pulse duration to treat a particular skin abnormality. Instead, a variety of skin abnormalities could be effectively treated with an intense, pulsed, broad-spectrum non-coherent flash lamp. This new technology was exciting but it quickly became obvious that stand-alone lasers or light-based systems were limited in their ability to cover diverse therapeutic choices. Although individual laser and light-based systems provide much of the patient care in aesthetic medicine today, for years the market searched for a solution that would accommodate the best therapeutic choices for both doctors and patients.
The Harmony XL from Alma Lasers, Inc. is the first multi-technology system that encompasses pulsed light, laser, UVB, and near-infrared technologies on one platform. This unique capability enables greater versatility in regard to therapeutic choices and its modular design provides multiple distinct cosmetic solutions all built into one compact unit. The Harmony System is a major breakthrough in the way laser and light-based procedural dermatology is performed since it provides complimentary technologies to enable combined therapeutic regimes, eliminating the need for dedicated application systems.
Harmony XL is manufactured by the US based Alma Lasers, an innovative, customer-focused company that develops, manufacturers, and provides laser, light-based, and radiofrequency solutions for aesthetic physicians around the world. The Harmony system is the first generation of a modular, non-invasive, and non-ablative multi-application laser and light-based system capable of treating safely and effectively a wide range of cutaneous abnormalities for all skin phenotypes. The Harmony system is superior with respect to its modularity, versatility, safety, efficacy, and electro-optical design.
Harmony XL is an advanced laser system with over 60 different aesthetic and medical indications, using Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) intense pulsed light. Simply put, AFT pulsed light energy is absorbed by the target areas without damaging your healthy skin. Through selective heating and closing off blood vessels, AFT pulsed light reduces lesions, while sparing the nearby tissue from injury. With pigmented lesions, the light energy heats the melanin in the lesion and causes it to fragment. The melanin fragments are then absorbed by your body and eliminated. By providing smooth, consistent light pulses, the energy delivered to the skin is gentle and effective.
Traditional treatments for removing or reducing the appearance of vascular and pigmented lesions are often long term and uncomfortable. Frequently administered corticosteroid medications can have undesirable side effects. Cryosurgery cannot be used in many cases and surgery and treatment with ablative lasers can be painful and may cause damage and scarring to adjacent body areas. The high level of light and gentle energy parameters assure safe, effective treatment. Uniquely shaped AFT Light is pulsed precisely, heating the intended targets and causing remarkably little or no skin damage or discomfort. While discomfort varies from individual to individual, most people tolerate AFT pulsed light treatment well and describe the sensation as a rubber band snap to the skin. The majority of patients require no anesthesia, though topical anesthetic is an option for the more sensitive areas if you so desire.
Skin is complex organ with many challenges that require various lasers and light and treatment plans. Harmony XL is an expandable platform for aesthetic laser and light treatments. Modular in design, it features multiple distinct technologies built into one compact unit The Harmony XL laser offers you effective, long-lasting results from a noninvasive, comfortable procedure with no major side effects or complications. Harmony XL can be used to treat skin on your forehead, cheeks, chest, around your eyes, upper lip and your neck area. You can enjoy improvements to the texture, color, and overall appearance of your skin through one simple procedure and a wide range of treatment programs.
Some of the treatments offered by Harmony XL include:
• Laser resurfacing for aging, damaged or scarred skin
• Pain-free hair removal
• Acne and acne scar treatment
• Skin rejuvenation
• Tattoo removal
• Pigmented lesions
• Skin tightening
Harmony XL is considered safe for all skin types, although some patients may experience redness or swelling which usually goes away within a few days. The Harmony system meets all medical requirements for versatility and reliability. The great number of exchangeable applicators enables Avante Laser & Aesthetics to treat numerous clinical conditions with either single or combined therapies resulting in an excellent outcome. Modern technology guarantees the usage of high fluences even under difficult conditions and the technical components are integrated into the hand-piece reducing system malfunctions.
There are countless social reasons for a current surge in the popularity of cosmetic procedures for our aging population but one of the main ones is that our culture values youthful attractiveness. A number of scientific and medical breakthroughs have contributed to the incredible rise of aesthetic medicine’s popularity–especially the multifunctional Harmony XL. At Avante Laser & Aesthetics, we know you have a wide variety of needs and now you can successfully meet them all with Harmony XL. The world’s most expandable platform for aesthetic laser and light treatments, Harmony XL uses up to ten distinct technologies built into one compact unit and the multi-application system can treat more than 60 different aesthetic conditions. All the Harmony XL hand-pieces are designed for minimal or no discomfort to you without any loss of effectiveness.
With the incredible progress made in medical technology, it is not surprising to find new treatment mechanisms that can perform multiple treatments and applications. Even measured by today’s high-tech standards however, Alma Lasers’ incredibly multi-faceted Harmony XL breaks new ground in every aspect. Experts around the world unanimously agree that the Harmony XL unit is easy to use and the most comprehensive and versatile platform for the medical and aesthetic market today. Other machines claim to be versatile while mixing up technologies or multiple hand pieces but none of them are as multi-functional and powerful as the Harmony XL. For more information or to see if you can benefit from this wonderful technology, call today and schedule a consultation with Avante Laser & Aesthetics. We look forward to hearing from you.
MULTIPLE TECHNOLOGIES, ONE PLATFORM
The Harmony System operates with interchangeable hand-pieces representing state-of-the-art, advanced technologies. Each Harmony XL hand-piece encases a specific capability to expand your treatment options including:
• Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) has ten separate hand pieces for skin rejuvenation, hair removal, acne, and treatment of vascular and pigmented lesions.
• Near Infrared has three separate hand-pieces for deep dermal heating and the treatment of lax skin as well as for virtually pain-free hair removal.
• Pixel 2940 Er:YAG for fractional ablative skin resurfacing of mild age and photo-damaged skin, as well as for minimally ablative resurfacing procedures including wrinkles and scar revision
• Pulsed UVB for restoration of lost pigment and psoriasis
• Er:YAG for minimally ablative resurfacing procedures– including wrinkles and scar revision
• 1320 Nd:YAG for the non-ablative treatment of facial wrinkles to improve the appearance of photo-aged skin
• LED for topical heating leading to increased blood flow, temporary relaxation of muscles, relief of pain and for post treatment associated with edema, erythema, and inflammation.
• Cooled Long Pulsed Nd:YAG 1064nm for leg veins, fine lines ,facial wrinkles and other vascular lesions.
• Long-pulse 1064 Nd:YAG for leg veins and other vascular lesions.
• High Power UV 300-380 for psoriasis and restoration of lost pigment.
• Alex 755 for Permanent Hair Reduction and aesthetic laser treatment of benign pigmented lesions.
• High Power Q-Switched 1064/532nm for dark colored tattoo removal and dermal-pigmented lesions, and Frequency Doubled Nd:YAG for lighter colored tattoo treatment and non-ablative fractional resurfacing for skin remodeling.
• Q-Switched Nd:YAG for dark colored tattoo removal and dermal-pigmented lesions, and Frequency Doubled Nd:YAG for lighter colored tattoo treatment.
• Long-pulse 1320 Nd:YAG for the non-ablative treatment of facial wrinkles to improve the appearance of photo-aged skin.
• SHR Hand-piece for delivery of virtually pain-free hair removal.
The Harmony Family accommodates Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT), pulsed light, and laser technology in the same cosmetic laser system. Its high power allows for higher fluence treatment and patient comfort is optimized through the proprietary IN-Motion technology unique to Alma Lasers. The IN-Motion technology combines concurrent cooling with a gradual thermal rise to the target’s therapeutic temperature, without the risk of injury and with much less pain for the patient. This is in contrast to the high peak energies used in traditional photoepilation technology that require high cooling before, during, and after each pulse. This meant that the hand-piece had to remain stationary during the energy delivery. The sweeping technique of IN-Motion technology enables continuous administration in a larger treatment area for increased comfort and fewer missed spots. The IN-Motion technology is a key component used in the Harmony Family AFT pulsed light and laser treatments.
The photon source resides inside each hand-piece and has been pre-configured to a certain energy range according to its intended use. This enables the operator to choose between three pulse widths: a narrow pulse width for light skin (Fitzpatrick I-II), a medium pulse width for medium skin (Fitzpatrick III), or a wide pulse width for dark skin (Fitzpatrick IV-VI). Each hand-piece is pistol shaped, lightweight, and ergonomically designed for accurate, fatigue-free procedures. The pulse widths and repetition rates (pulses per second) are pre-programmed according to the hand-piece’s intended application. Each laser cavity resides inside the hand-piece and the beam is delivered via a glass light guide at the distal end determining each spot size and ensuring precise energy delivery to the treatment area.
PULSED LIGHT, THE HARMONY WAY
The Harmony System incorporates different light-based hand-pieces. The optical window of each hand-piece has been designed in accordance with specific clinical indications and their unique endogenous, biological chromophores include:
• Psoriasis and vitiligo (300-380 nm; proteins and lipids)
• Acne clearance (420-950 nm; porphyrins, photosensitizers)
• Vascular and pigmented lesions (540-950 nm; oxy/deoxyhemoglobin, melanin)
• Skin rejuvenation (570-950 nm; melanin, hemoglobin)
• Hair removal (650-950 nm; melanin)
• Deep dermal heating (near-infrared; 780-1,000 nm; non-specific heating)
Different elements found in your skin absorb different wavelengths. Melanin has a wide absorption spectrum that slowly decreases from the ultraviolet to the near infrared (300-1,000 nm). Oxyhelpglobin strongly absorbs light in the yellow portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (550-600 nm). Before reaching a vascular target, optical energy must pass through the melanin-laden epidermis. The competition of epidermal melanin may cause fewer photons to reach the intended chromophore, reducing efficacy and increasing epidermal heating. Epidermal melanin content varies by at least an order of magnitude across the range of human skin colors from Fitzpatrick skin type I to VI. Thermal diffusion not confined to the immediate targeted chromophore (melanin or oxyhemoglobin) can produce unwanted dermal and epidermal damage. In order to overcome this limitation, the Harmony light-energy optimization technology employs two precise, proprietary technologies for epidermal protection and reduction in discomfort: Advanced Fluorescence Technology and Equally Distributed Fluence.
Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) is a breakthrough pulsed light technology, which optimizes the light emitted from the lamp. Each AFT hand-piece has a special filtering system inside it, which converts the lamp’s clinically insignificant, shorter wavelength into a clinically optimal spectrum by selectively amplifying emission in the blue, red, and green portions of the spectrum. This unique filtering enhances dermal penetration without using excessibel energy levels, thus protecting the epidermis. This results in safer and more effective clinical results for hair removal, acne clearance, skin rejuvenation, and vascular and pigmented lesions treatment.
Equally Distributed Fluence (EDF) is an innovation in electrical engineering that enables emission of square-shaped pulses in order to achieve true long-pulse performance with moderate peak power throughout the entire pulse. One of the major limitations of today’s pulsed light technology is the structure of a timed sequence of very short duration (2-5 ms) and very high peak power pulses. While this approach can supply sufficient average power to properly affect many cutaneous targets, it also increase the likelihood of adverse side effects such as blistering, pigment alteration, textural changes, and even hypertropic scarring. In comparison, Harmony’s equally distributed fluence profile delivers similar heating but it is safer to your skin because the peak power is lower. This innovative pulse output enables treatment of dark skin safely and ensures even great safety of lighter skin tones. Harmony’s equally distributed fluence profile is so effective, it eliminates the need for the complex integrated cooling systems that are generally required on other pulsed light systems. For greater comfort, an external cold-air device can easily be connected to any AFT hand-piece.
TREATMENTS WE OFFER
Avante offers a wide variety of medical aesthetic procedures to rejuvenate your skin and reduce the lines and wrinkles that come from aging. With our new Harmony XL platform, we can treat your skin conditions more effectively than ever. For the most in-demand laser and aesthetic treatments, including laser hair removal procedures, skin therapy treatments, and more, Avante Laser & Aesthetics has the systems to provide the reliable, safe and effective results you have been looking for. Through our Harmony XL system, our certified technicians can provide visibly dramatic improvements with minimal discomfort and downtime.
Harmony XL treatments available at Avante Laser & Aesthetics:
• Pain-Free, Hair-FreeTM Laser Hair Removal
• IPL Photorejuvenation of Vascular and Pigmented Lesions
• Laser Tattoo Removal
• ClearLiftTM (formerly known as Pixel Q-switch)
We now offer Body Contouring via the Alma Lasers’ Accent XLi platform