Laser beams help activate skin cells and improve the circulation of blood in the skin. The developed technology is an optical fiber-based medical mask apparatus which allows easy projection of a laser beam onto the part of the face requiring treatment. This mask allows the laser light to be projected accurately at a specified portion of the face, thereby improving the efficiency of surgery.
This optical fiber-based medical mask system consists of a laser light source generator. This generates and supplies a laser beam of a predetermined wavelength band. This light source has several optical fibers branching out from it.
The mask has two parts: a cover portion which covers the face and a mask body, which is the distal end of the mask where optical fibers are exposed along the entire cover.
The output of the optical fiber is tapered to finely project the laser beam on the treatment area. The optical fiber is coated with electro-optic material to control the projection of the laser light. With precise projection of the laser light, accurate surgery can be performed on the face.
This optical fiber-based medical mask can be used for face treatments for medical or aesthetic purposes, such as treating scars, wrinkles, aging lines, and so on. This device shows huge potential in the cosmetic skin care market and medical and aesthetic facial skin care industry.
In the skin care industry, laser beam treatment is used for a range of medical and aesthetic skin problems. Minimally invasive operations for dermatological applications are gaining huge acceptance, particularly amongst the rising population between the age of 30 and 60 years. This demand boosts the medical aesthetic devices market. The global medical aesthetic devices market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 9.5% from USD 6.50 billion in 2015 to USD 11.20 billion by 2021. Medical masks can be replaced by optical fiber-based medical masks for laser treatment.
Benefits for patients: This technology enabling focused laser treatment on the face increases the efficiency of laser surgery treatment and reduces the related side effects. This optical fiber-based medical mask offers better treatment outcomes for patients.
Benefits for physicians: As the mask allows easy projection of the laser beam exclusively on the parts of the face undergoing treatment, costs can also be ratcheted down.