21 Nov 2016
Dallas-headquartered company says new training and research institute will promote evidence-based laser medicine.
Fotona, the Dallas-headquartered maker of laser systems for medical and aesthetic applications, has opened a new training and research center in Slovenia.
The 500 m2 Ljubljana site, known as the “laser and health academy”, is intended as a research, teaching, and clinical facility, providing treatment and training across a wide range of medical laser applications.
Already with thousands of laser systems in the field, Fotona targets aesthetic, dental, surgical and dermatological treatments, ranging from tooth-whitening to acne treatment, gynecology, and “body sculpting”.
Many of those systems are based on a combination of erbium-doped (2.94µm) and neodymium-doped YAG laser sources, with the application of dual-wavelength technology promoted as a key area of expertise.
The company believes that the new European site, which was officially opened November 7, will help serve as a global platform for the exchange and dissemination of scientific knowledge among the world's leading experts in those areas.
The facility’s workspace includes multiple lecture rooms, as well as a laser room for live patient treatments, and a space for hands-on, ex vivo training.
Fotona says that specific objectives for the new facility include regular research and education related to new medical laser applications, as well as connecting and co-ordinating the company’s international network of training centers.
The official opening featured various lectures and live demonstrations, including a laser body sculpting and skin tightening procedure by aesthetic treatment specialist Leonardo Marini. He used Fotona’s “TightSculpting” system, which is based around a dual-wavelength approach and sold as an alternative to the more invasive laser lipolysis procedure for fat reduction.
In addition, gynecology specialist Marco Gambacciani demonstrated the company’s automated handpiece for minimally invasive procedures. Fotona says that both live treatments were broadcast in real time to the main lecture room and other training areas.
“In addition to its training functions, the new institute will play a key role in [the academy’s] mission to serve as a global platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge among peers and to promote evidence-based laser medicine and dentistry among practitioners and the general public,” Fotona announced.
Coming up over the next few weeks at the Ljubljana facility are workshops on Q-switched lasers for aesthetic treatments, non-surgical gynecology, and skin resurfacing.