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New Survey Suggests Adults with Acne Scarring Face a Disadvantage at Work and Play

(press release from Reliant Technologies, Inc.)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 6 -- Adults with acne scarring encounter significant prejudice at both work and play according to a new survey presented at the 26th annual scientific meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) in Boston, MA.

Dr. Zakia Rahman, clinical instructor of dermatology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and medical director of the FraxelŽ Laser clinic in Mountain View, CA, reports that the survey shows women with moderate-to-severe acne scarring have a harder time getting a date than women with a smooth complexion. On the work front, similar findings occur. Men and women believe that individuals with acne scarring are prone to career obstacles not faced by their clear-skinned counterparts.

"The good news for people suffering the physical and emotional ramifications of acne scarring is that the Fraxel laser just received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to treat acne scarring," says Dr. Rahman, the principal investigator of the clinical study that Reliant Technologies, manufacturer of the Fraxel laser, presented to the FDA for 510(k) clearance.

Dr. Rahman explains, "Only the Fraxel laser's breakthrough science of fractional resurfacing can gently repair epidermal (surface) abnormalities while simultaneously reaching deep into the dermis to stimulate new collagen formation -- safely, effectively and without the downtime associated with invasive treatments."

This is significant since 7 out of 10 survey respondents would consider a "no downtime" laser procedure to remove acne scarring. Other key findings of the survey of 1,015 Americans 18 years of age and older include:

 

    --  On a Date.  84 percent of adults agree that women with
        moderate-to-severe acne scars have a harder time getting a date than
        women with a good complexion.

    --  On the Job.  65 percent of adults agree that people with
        moderate-to-severe acne scarring are at a disadvantage when going for
        a job interview.

    --  Losing Your Hair.  65 percent of adults consider moderate-to-severe
        acne scarring to be more undesirable than moderate-to-severe hair
        loss.

    --  Tipping the Scales.  When acne scarring was compared to being
        overweight, 41 percent of adults believe that moderate-to-severe acne
        scarring is the more undesirable trait.  Women rated being overweight
        only slightly more undesirable than having acne scarring (45 percent
        vs. 43 percent).

    --  Grin and Bear It.  When comparing the undesirability of
        moderate-to-severe acne scarring and moderate-to-severe crooked teeth,
        adults rated both traits equally -- with 43 percent of those polled
       considering each to be the more undesirable trait.  Adults aged 25-34
       (49%) and 45-54 (48%) are more likely to consider acne scarring the
        more undesirable trait than younger respondents aged 18-24 (31%).

    --  Quick Fix.  70 percent of adults agree that if they had serious acne
        scarring, they would consider having a 'no-downtime' laser procedure
        to improve the condition.  More women (75%) would opt to undergo this
        type of procedure than men (64%).

Acne scarring is a common condition that is difficult to treat with even the most aggressive topical and abrasive therapies. While the exact number of people suffering from acne scarring is difficult to pinpoint because the condition often goes unreported and untreated, data analyzed from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimates that more than 1.3 million American men and women age 15 to 44 years old have some degree of acne scarring.

The CARAVANŽ survey was commissioned by Reliant Technologies, Inc. to support the new FDA clearance of the Fraxel laser for acne scarring and was conducted in February 2006 by the independent research firm Opinion Research Corporation. Survey results are based on telephone interviews with 1,015 adults 18 years of age or older conducted February 16-19, 2006. The margin of error at the 95% confidence level is plus or minus three percentage points.

Reliant Technologies is a leading manufacturer of medical laser technology for aesthetic applications. The Company's laser device is used primarily by aesthetic physicians to treat periorbital wrinkles, pigmented lesions and photo-damaged skin of the face and body. Reliant pioneered the development of the Fraxel Laser which relies on new-generation fractional resurfacing with a million points of light to produce safe and effective results with minimal recovery time. Reliant employs more than 100 people and is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information and physician referrals, visit www.fraxel.com.


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