April 3, 2007, Wausau, WI--Laser surgeons from around the world will gather in Grapevine, Texas, for the 27th annual scientific meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) to share the latest advances and best practices in lasers and emerging technologies. The event will be held April 11-15, 2007, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center.
The program is designed to offer a diverse line-up of educational forums and workshops presented by renowned experts in the fields of dermatology, plastic surgery, basic science, cardiology, urology, ophthalmology, oncology, dentistry, and more. This year's "hot topics" will include:
• Early Research Finds Pulsed Lasers Effective in Liquefying Dangerous Cholesterol Crystals – Dr. George S. Abela presents study results on laser therapy to break up sharp, pointed cholesterol crystals and convert them to less dangerous, softened particles – a discovery that one day could aid in preventing potentially fatal heart attacks and strokes.
• Light Therapy with Pneumatic Energy Offers Patients Rapid Acne Clearing – Dr. Gilly S. Munavalli reports on a new treatment that combines intense pulsed light (IPL) with a vacuum-suctioning technology that produces a rapid improvement in acne lesions.
• Advances in Laser Technology for Fat-Related Disorders – Dr. Mathew M. Avram discusses three technologies being tested for gentler, non-invasive treatment of excess fat, body shaping and improving the appearance of cellulite.
• Early Treatment of Facial Birthmarks Provides Optimal Results – Dr. Anne Chapas presents data showing that newborns who received early and frequent laser treatment of port-wine stain birthmarks achieved a higher success rate of clearance than babies who delayed treatment.
• Novel Laser Application to Treat Common Urological Condition Shows Promising Results – Lead researcher Dr. Nathaniel Fried shares early data using the Er:YAG laser for the first time in urology to treat urethral strictures, a common side effect of prostate surgery that affects thousands of men.
• New Ultrasound Technology Studied for Facial and Neck Tissue Tightening – Dr. Murad Alam presents new data demonstrating an impressive improvement using a deeper-penetrating ultrasound device for brow lifts and neck tightening.
Richard Felten, a senior reviewer of medical devices for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be the keynote speaker on April 13. Felten's lecture, "Regulatory Pathways for Review of Medical Devices," will provide an overview of the structure, organization and review process involved in regulating and granting marketing permission for medical devices.
For more information, go to American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.