Fotona Obtains Patent For Its FracTat™ Method for Lightening or Eradicating Pigments in Human Skin

Mar 04, 2016, 18:22 ET from Fotona

DALLAS, March 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fotona, based in the U.S. and Europe, announced that is has been granted a patent (US9254174) for its advanced FracTat Method for Lightening or Eradicating Pigments in Human Skin, in particular for pigmented skin lesions and tattoos.

When lasers are used to remove tattoos, the laser pulse strikes the tattoo pigment creating gas and steam that is trapped within the skin.  This causes optical shielding, commonly known as a "frosting" effect that prevents  subsequent laser pulses from effectively reaching the deeper-lying pigments.  Additionally, gas bubbles which are formed around the pigment particles can damage the surrounding tissue and cause scaring. The patented method avoids this effect by laser drilling fractional micro holes in the skin that act as pressure relief ducts through which the gases can escape without building up excessive pressure. The clinical benefits of using FracTat include enhanced generation of photoacoustic shockwaves, reduced frosting and pressure on the surrounding tissue, multiple nano or pico second laser treatments can be done during a single session and there is also direct pigment removal via the FracTat  ablation and improved healing of fractioned skin.

In the embodiments of the patent, Fotona combines the benefits of fractionated skin resurfacing with the photoacoustic shattering of pigments with high peak powered lasers.

According to Mark Taylor, MD (a world renowned laser dermatologist and owner of one of the world's largest cosmetic laser centers, Gateway Aesthetic Institute and Laser Center, Salt Lake City, UT), "FracTat, using the  Fotona QX Max laser, has proven to be a very effective way to safely and quickly remove a wide range of tattoos when compared to other lasers. The fractional "chimneys" within the skin release gases and also ablates some of the tattoo ink giving me the ability to get more clearance in each treatment, faster overall clearance in fewer treatments and also to resolve deeper, stubborn, difficult to remove tattoos. In addition, the skin resurfacing improves skin texture and tone and also reduces any scarring resulting from when the tattoo was created."


Fotona ( has sold over 25,000 lasers around the world, with direct sales in the U.S, and distribution in over 60 countries.  Fotona produces award winning lasers in aesthetics, dermatology, gynecology dentistry & other medical fields. Fotona has one of the most highly educated workforces in the industry, with an exceptionally high number of PhDs specializing in laser and medical technology. Strong R&D capabilities have always been a key competitive advantage of the company, resulting in many patented solutions, including the Optoflex® articulated arm, QSP (Quantum Square Pulse) and VSP (Variable Square Pulse) technologies, Fotona SMOOTH® mode, Vacuum Cell technology, and many more.

The company manufactures all of its laser systems in-house, ensuring that each system is of the highest quality, reliability, ease-of-use and durability, in compliance with all applicable international standards. When you choose Fotona, you choose a company with a business philosophy to continuously Choose Perfection to meet the needs of a highly demanding marketplace.

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