Types and Characteristics of Diodes used in Lipo Laser Machines
Different types and numbers of diodes are used in lipo laser and LED machines. By the way, LED is anyway a short form of "Light Emitting Diodes". The diodes are responsible for emitting the lights that would focus and penetrate deep into the skin of the user. This makes the role of diodes critical to the lipo laser machines.
There are a number of types of diodes that are available in the market today. Different companies across different countries make the diodes. The lipo laser (and LED) machines that are used in the USA import these diodes either as part of the already-manufactured lipo laser (or LED) machine or in order to manufacture the machine.
Several companies from Germany and Japan do a good job of making diodes. At the time of this review, Mitsubishi (a company from Japan) happens to be one of the leading manufacturers of diodes, with great quality and penetration. Dilas is a German company, that also does a great job of manufacturing high-quality and reliable diodes.
Then, there are Chinese and Taiwanese companies also that make the diodes. However, most of them are a notch lower in terms of quality.
An important point to note here is that, lipo LEDs today are competing directly with the older-day lipo lasers. With the luminous LEDs in place, lipo laser treatment has seen a new paradigm emerge. Unlike the first generation of the LEDs, the modern-day LEDs are well-respected and used in a widespread manner.
The diodes last for long - up to 3,000 to 5,000 hours of use. There are diodes that last for more numbers of hours (mostly Japanese and German) but the expense goes up exponentially.
The penetration, however, is practically as deep with a LED as a traditional laser, especially given the frequency band (wavelength of 635 nm for the 3rd generation laser machines), if the LED uses good-quality diodes.
That beings to the key question of radiation wavelengths of lipo laser machines. The diodes control the radiation, and hence are key to the wavelength generation. So, it is really important to use lipo laser machines in which the diodes are uniformly packed on each paddle, so that they can penetrate evenly all around. And, one would want to to make sure that the diodes generate wavelengths of significant enough penetration depth, which is usually in the range of 670 nm in the first generation machines to 635 nm in the third generation ones. Further, many lipo laser machines would have a bunch of around 980-1060 nm diodes, used for heating up and bruise reduction (opening up the adipose/fat cells before the actual liposuction process). The diodes with lower wavelengths are better in terms of strength.
I always suggest clinics to use LEDs and lipo lasers with sufficient number of diodes per paddle, and surround the diodes sufficiently so that the emission can form a full contour around the patient's targeted area of application of laser.
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