An influential professional body representing laser medicine in the United States has announced the recipients of their prestigious Professional Development Awards. The Horace Furumoto Innovations Professional Development Awards will be presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the American Society For Laser Medicine and Surgery, due to take in Boston, MA, at the beginning of April. The group of awards was named in honor of laser hair removal pioneer, Dr. Horace Furumoto. They seek to recognize those individuals who have contributed significantly to the development of laser treatments and laser products.
The 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Contribution Award will go to Dr. Rafael Sierra of Cynosure Inc., whilst this year’s Young Investigator Award will be presented to Dr. Mirko Mirkov, also from Cynosure. Cynosure Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of both cosmetic and medical technologies. They are particularly recognized across the globe as specialists in the area of laser hair removal technology.
Dr. Furamoto is credited with the development of the first dye laser ever seen. This laser technology relies on organic dyes mixed with a solvent, meaning it can be used in a much wider range of wavelengths. This in turn means that it has a lot more commercial applications, including that of cosmetics. Although Dr. Furamoto is not credited with the invention of the dye laser, he was the first one to adapt it for commercial technology, and then turn it’s used to cosmetics.
Dr. Mirko Mirkov and Cynosure are a pioneering company, again in the field of lasers, or as they describe it ‘light-based aesthetic and medical treatment systems”. They currently hold over 37 patents for different types of laser systems, ranging from solid-state to liquid, and the majority of these are being developed towards different cosmetic treatments.
Laser technology is growing at an incredibly rapid pace, which should come as no surprise, given the huge demand for new products and treatments. For example, in 2012, over one million laser hair removal procedures were undertaken in the USA, making it one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic services in the country. It is this massive consumer demand that has fuelled the search for new laser technologies. The multi-million dollar laser hair removal industry is just one application of laser medicine and surgery. Other cosmetic procedures that can be undertaken include tattoo removal and mole reduction, all with the aid of this special type of light, the marvelous laser!