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The DermaWave
Pictorial History

Long regarded as the most prolific designers in the industry,
numbering more innovations than
any other.


Because technology doesn't stand still ...
... and yet, with design foresight, most system components have remained backward and forward compatible for several years, circumventing the need for one to always purchase entirely new machines as technology progressed ...


First Prototype - 1999

Before it would be named DermaWave, the original prototype was highly modular, allowing us to load a variety of new, experimental circuit boards through the bottom as we tweaked component parameters based on a series of clinical trails for over a year. A centrally-mounted knob customized the unit for different Fitzpatrick skin types - something only available on medical-grade IPL units. The design, indeed, was originally intended for our exclusive use - in our own Day Spa. It would be others who would strongly encourage us to market it ....


DermaWave PL-100: First Commercial Release -  2001

And with strong urging, our exclusive Spa device would hit the market. Now named 'DermaWave' - Model PL-100, it carried over the same control knob from our original prototype, allowing for continuously variable control -- unheard of in an LED Photo Rejuvenation device. At the time, machines such as the 'Youth Light', DermaMaster 8000, et. al, were simply renamed "pain relief" devices, masquerading as Photo-Rejuv units (only to be tragically copied, over and over again, by yet others). The new DermaWave was, indeed, unique - being designed from the ground-up as a true photorejuvenation device. Heads were modular and readily interchangeable with a snap. It used no conventional transformers in its power supply, allowing for an extremely low, slab profile that sloped down to a thickness of only one-half of an inch. It premiered at $4800 - about 40% less than anything else near its class at the time. This liberty existed simply because we actually produced our own devices, unlike others who had to purchase their machines, first, before they could distribute them (much as it exists today).

DermaWave PL-100: Revision II -  2002

This was the new revision that took all competitors by complete surprise. Introduced only a year later, the new design pulsed at a staggering 64,000 times per second, with the control knob now regulating 'pulse width', rather than pulse frequency. The heads grew in size, along with a whole new system of heads that included the very first 'Green Beam' melanocyte-regulation head by a U.S. maker. Along with this, a new 'Amber' head was introduced as an option - several years ahead of its more current popularity among those who later raced to catch up. Body Treatment heads were also introduced. In total, it represented the most extensive head line in the industry. The 'Revision II' also incorporated a new, Dynamic Feedback Loop in its circuitry that, among other things, recognized a head's wavelength automatically - something we wouldn't advertise or disclose at the time, not giving our competitors a clue as to what would lay ahead ... But users would come to joyously discover that future advancements could be plugged right in. No new machine required.


The DermaWave Petite - 2004

As a less expensive alternative  to the PL-100 model, it was the most compact professional system console to date (photographed with the Beatles' 'Abbey Road' CD, atop, to show its scale). Cross-compatible with all DermaWave heads and accessories, it housed much of the same technology - as well as the same output power - found in our larger unit. Our 'Dynamic Feedback' circuitry would be revealed for the first time - though not yet fully implemented. That would be unleashed for The Petite user later as new head designs were being developed. Introduced at $3200, it became the most popular model of all, to date ... and fast.


The DermaWave Atmosphere - 2006

A true landmark in Photo Rejuvenation - as well as for industrial design, in general. Learning from the experience gained with the DermaWave Petite, an entirely new unit stole the Las Vegas show. Yes, the heads got larger, yet again ... but moreover, they contained new 'Photo-Optical' sensors that read the skin type, much like a light meter, and adjusted the console automatically - completely eliminating any control knobs. In addition, these revolutionary new heads operated in the very same fashion with all previous machines, right back to the PL-100, Revision II (which had secretly implemented the Dynamic Feedback circuitry). All of this in something the same size as The Petite ...with two heads.

Beyond this, many were highly enamoured of the trans-illuminated 'Blue Glow' panel, from the aesthetic perspective. We further eventually came to know that people were, in fact, additionally using the front of the machine to treat 'Seasonal Affective Disorder'. Wow. ... Alas, from our perspective, with its layered sandwiches of pristine Lucite, it was a very tedious and time-consuming device to produce, with much hand-work in the production run. But its look has now made it the only Spa device to ever achieve a quasi "collectable status" among those in the know, who also recognized the ground-breaking technology of The Atmosphere.


The DermaWave Cubic 7 -  2007

This is the interchangeable panel machine that had a GentleWaves representative actually confront us at the Las Vegas show (a behavioral first), proclaiming that, "We're (GentleWaves) the real one", then promptly running off after executing this girlie bitch-slap in a cheap blazer. The 'real one', indeed. We were already working on the design of our third machine when his company was still groveling for seed money from an attorney and two Real Estate investors in Virginia Beach (Forbes Magazine / 2003) ... In the world of Photo Rejuvenation, they had - in fact - come late to the table.

But there was good reason for his feeling of intimidation. The Planar-Paneled, DermaWave Cubic 7 - at $3995 - packed more techno-punch than GentleWave units costing several times more. And a variety of wavelengths were available - not just one. It could even be configured with handpieces for those seeking to buy-in even less expensively, expanding upward later on -- a configuration known as 'The Pre'cis Format' ...


DermaWave Cubic 7: Pre'cis Format -  2007

And so it would be ... The Cubic 7 console, capable of powering four large panel heads at once, offered in a package that instead mated it with our Photo-Optical handpiece heads. And any could be turned in - for full value - should one ever wish to upgrade to a large Planar panel head. The buy-in price, with a 590nm head (or any other wavelength of one's choosing)... $2495. The Cubic 7 module moved its four 'Smart Port' outputs to the sides and back to provide an extremely clean industrial design look from the front. It also would be incredibly easy to use. And it remained fully cross-compatible with all DermaWave machines and heads that preceded it.

DermaWave Cubic 5 - 2010

Realizing that people were spending more money on individual wand heads that hooked up to simple transformers (like those found at Radio Shack), we developed a true professional, modular, and open-architeture system for the up-start Esthetician - or the one going out on their own. Measuring only 5 by 5 inches when viewed from the top, it was a powerhouse - using a totally unconventional power supply, along with much of its technology borrowed from the Cubic 7 series. At $1495 - with an AmRed photo rejuvenation wand head - it was, and remains, jaw-dropping. It certainly was to some chief competitors who soon bowed-out and ran to the home consumer market, instead.


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