Fotona is announcing a new model of Q-switched laser system StarWalker MaQX to be introduced in 2017.
Combining four complementary wavelengths and 14 laser modalities, the StarWalker functions as a highly versatile, multipurpose system that performs a wide range of applications in aesthetics. StarWalker’s energy, four colors and proprietary FracTAT™ procedure also make StarWalker an industry leading tattoo removal laser system.
Since its introduction, Fotona’s QX MAX has been globally recognized as an ultraperformance Q-switched laser system. The StarWalker represents the next important evolutionary step forward and takes the system to an even higher level.
StarWalker’s third-generation technology combines the unsurpassed range of pulse duration modes of Fotona’s VSP (Variable Square Pulse) technology with the revolutionary capability of ASP™ to adapt the temporal structure of laser pulses to the biophotonic dynamics of laser-tissue interaction. StarWalker is capable of delivering up to an unprecedented 10 J of Q-switched energy in one giant structured MaQX pulse for treating epidermal and dermal pigmented lesions, and includes long-pulse infrared VERSA3 and green VERDE™ modes for enhanced vascular treatments.
ASP: Third Generation Technology
StarWalker® and its groundbreaking ASP (Adaptive Structured Pulse) technology represent a cosmic shift forward for the medical and aesthetic laser industry.
This third-generation technology combines the unsurpassed range of pulse duration modes of Fotona’s VSP (Variable Square Pulse) technology with the revolutionary capability of ASP technology to adapt the temporal structure of laser pulses to the bio-photonic dynamics of laser-tissue interaction.
Power of a pico Laser with an Energy of a Q-Switched Laser
StarWalker’s unique TMD (Transverse Mode Discrimination) laser oscillator technology combined with the ASP pulse control delivers very short (5 nsec) Q-switched pulses consisting of a high energy train of ultra-short bursts of energy in trillionths of a second, enabling photomechanical impact to shatter tiny skin targets without injury to the surrounding skin. StarWalker’s technology thus combines the high energy capabilities of nanosecond lasers with the ultrashort pulse peak powers of traditional picosecond lasers.
Modulated Acoustics Q-Switched (MaQX) Laser System – Unmatched Q-Switched Pulse Energy
Fotona’s StarWalker laser system features the entire range of super-short pulse technologies in a single, high-performance solution. StarWalker’s patented MaQX pulse modalities produce powerful bursts of laser energy that photoacoustically break apart skin pigmentations into smaller, more easily eliminated particles.
Based on revolutionary ASP technology, StarWalker is capable of delivering up to an unprecedented 10 J of Q-switched energy in one giant structured MaQX pulse.
The unique MaQX high energy capability of StarWalker enables the generation of a higher energy photoacoustic effect at the treatment site, leading to more effective and faster treatments.
Additionally, with high MaQX energies, larger spotsizes can be used resulting in more homogeneous treatments of even deeper lying skin pigments, and therefore with reduced risk of unwanted side effects.
Two Models to Choose From:
|StarWalker® MaQX||StarWalker® QX|
|1064 nm||MaQX-1, MaQX-2,|
|532 nm||MaQX-1, MaQX-2,|
Ultimate safety with Q-Switched treatments
Patient safety and comfort with ultra-performance MaQX mode treatments are further enhanced by the StarWalker’s unique capability that allows the user to select the softness level (MaQX-1, MaQX-2, MaQX-5 or MaQX-10) of the treatment.
When a higher softness level is selected, the StarWalker’s ASP technology ensures that the generated acoustic energy is released at an acceptable acoustic power, resulting in a “softer” and less invasive effect on the tissue.
Full-beam and fractional handpieces
The StarWalker’s full beam and fractional handpiece technology enables physicians to provide advanced solutions for a broad range of treatments.
Fractional handpieces harness the powerful photomechanical effect of the StarWalker into tightly focused arrays. These arrays contain concentrations of energy while the surrounding area remains unaffected by the laser light.
Longer System Lifetime: Almost 100% flashlamp pulse utilization
Most standard Q-switched laser systems can only achieve stable output during laser beam operation by ensuring that their flashlamps are pulsed internally at a constantly high repetition rate, even when the operator selects a single-pulse or low repetition rate mode. As a result the laser system and especially the flashlamp, one of the most important components, can burn out prematurely due to overuse. This is not the case with the StarWalker’s patented Vacuum Cell & OPTOflex technology, where the laser flashlamp is activated only when actual laser output is required. A much lower burden on the laser system is imposed, resulting in a longer flashlamp lifetime and lower costs of laser system maintenance.
Patented solutions for a homogenous beam profile
Homogeneity of a laser beam profile ensures safety during treatment since laser energy is evenly distributed across the treated area. Epidermal damage is minimized and the risks of bleeding, tissue splatter and transient textural changes in the skin are decreased. Achieving homogeneous beam profiles has been a great challenge for the laser industry due to the nonlinearity of Q-switched lasers.
Fotona’s StarWalker advanced Q-switched laser technology relies on groundbreaking solutions such as patented OPTOflex® and Vacuum Cell Technologies to produce almost perfectly homogeneous beam profiles.
The OPTOflex® articulated arm is specifically designed to efficiently transmit the laser beam without losing energy or changing the beam’s original properties.
The shape and magnitude of the aiming beam enhances visibility, allowing for easier, faster treatments and greater precision. OPTOflex® is light, compact and folds back to decrease system height.
With laser quality benefits unlike any other beam delivery system, OPTOflex® is definitive of the next generation in laser delivery systems for high-power lasers.