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Cynosure Introduces 18-watt Smartlipo System

Cynosure, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of a broad array of light-based aesthetic treatment systems, today announced the addition of an 18-watt workstation to its family of Smartlipo LaserBodySculpting(SM) products.

This higher-power workstation will allow physicians to continue to reduce patient treatment times for laser-assisted liposuction. Cynosure is introducing the 18-watt Smartlipo at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) meeting, Plastic Surgery 2007, which is continuing through October 31 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

In addition to its new 18-watt system, Cynosure offers Smartlipo in upgradeable configurations of 6-watt and 10-watt workstations, each designed to address the specific needs of an aesthetic practice. All systems in the field can be upgraded to the new 18-watt system.

"The 18-watt Smartlipo workstation provides practitioners a highly efficient approach for performing laser-assisted liposuction, with the same level of safety and efficacy as earlier versions," said Bruce Katz, M.D., founder of New York's Juva Skin & Laser Center. "For example, an area of localized fat within an abdomen can be treated in about 12 minutes with the 18-watt Smartlipo, compared with about 35 minutes with the 6-watt workstation."

Launched in January, Cynosure's minimally invasive Smartlipo workstation is an innovative system designed as an alternative to traditional liposuction in patients with smaller areas of localized fat. The system's proprietary pulsing format delivers laser energy that liquefies the fat, which is then removed through a cannula. The Smartlipo's laser energy also coagulates the tissue, thereby sculpting body contours and tightening the skin. The procedure generally causes less bleeding, swelling and bruising than traditional liposuction, resulting in fewer complications and faster recovery. Cynosure received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance to market Smartlipo in the fourth quarter of 2006.

"The addition of the more powerful 18-watt system to our Smartlipo product family is designed to benefit physicians, such as plastic surgeons and dermatologists, who are experienced in body sculpting," said Cynosure President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Davin. "The minimally invasive nature of the Smartlipo makes it an increasingly attractive option for active patients who want to remove localized areas of fat through a procedure that keeps lifestyle disruption to a minimum. As a result, we believe Smartlipo is enjoying a high level of satisfaction from physicians and patients."

In conjunction with its launch of the new 18-watt Smartlipo system, Cynosure is hosting The Laser Assisted Liposuction Symposium during Plastic Surgery 2007. Moderated by Dr. Barry DiBernardo, medical director of New Jersey Plastic Surgery, the symposium will feature a panel discussion on areas including the history and science of laser lipolysis, clinical indications and patient outcomes.

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