Apparatus and methods for treating the skin

  • US 8,048,089 B2
  • Filed: 03/29/2006
  • Issued: 11/01/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/30/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A tip configured for use in a skin treatment system, comprising:

  • a skirt portion configured to removably couple to a handpiece of the skin treatment system;

    wherein the tip comprises a proximal end a distal end, the skirt portion being positioned along the proximal end of the tip;

    a central body portion extending from the skirt portion and terminating at a distal face along the distal end of the tip, a portion of the distal end being configured to contact a skin surface during a treatment procedure;

    at least one first passage extending through an interior of the central body portion and configured to receive a fluid from the handpiece and to deliver said fluid to the distal end of the tip;

    at least one second passage extending through an interior of the central body portion and configured to convey the fluids and debris from the distal end of the tip to the handpiece; and

    an outer member extending around a periphery of the distal face, said outer member defining an inner areaa protruding member extending in a generally spiral fashion across at least a portion of the inner area of the distal face, the protruding member defining a channel between the at least one first passage and the at least one second passage;

    wherein the protruding member comprises at least one sharp edge configured to abrade skin tissue.

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