Over the past decade, demand for light-based cosmetic treatments has increased greatly as the aging population looks for aesthetic treatments procedures which are non-invasive and effective. An increase in multi-technology systems over the past 3 years has helped to create a demand for greater predictability and lower costs as technology becomes safer and more accessible.
Combination therapy creates better results for patients as well as offering a variety of benefits to the practice itself. Best suited to patients desiring a full cosmetic change, combination therapies offer a wider range of treatment options in a single sitting.
While laser and light-based systems are widely considered the height of aesthetic treatment technology, they can have their limitations and this face has led to the rise of hybrid technologies such as Harmony 7 which offers 7 distinct technologies as detailed below:
Combined therapies using the Harmony 7 have the broadest range of possible treatments in any single procedure due to the huge range of treatments available from this platform. With ten interchangeable hand pieces, this system has over 60 clinical indications and is simple to use and interchange. The system automatically detects the configuration based on which handset is selected. The following image shows the combination of technologies used to treat a handful of common skin conditions:
There are four main categories of use:
- Monotherapy: This refers to the use of a single hand piece, either ATF or laser, used to treat a specific skin condition.
- Combined Therapy: This refers to a treatment consisting of two or more hand pieces powered by different technologies (ATF or laser) used interchangeably and progressively in order to treat a condition.
- Bimodal Therapy: Similar to combined therapy, bimodal refers to a treatment involving the use of two or more hand pieces powered by the same technology.
- Light-activated Drug Therapy: Topical agents which react to light can be used to treat actinic keratosis and photo-aged skin.
There are also combined therapies which include the use of Harmony with other photodynamic therapies. These treatments can be used for:
- The elimination of actinic keratosis;
- Textural skin structure support;
- Reduction of acne vulgaris; and
- Reduction of dyschromia and microvasculature.
The results of combined treatments provide a significant improvement in fewer treatments and the combined system can save practices both money and space. Warranty fees, disposables, and consumables can add up in the accounting of any practice and high maintenance requirements for laser systems can lead to significant downtime. Combined systems are not only more cost and space effective, they are also easier to maintain.