LASER stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiations. It possesses properties such as high monochromaticity, coherence and directionality which attributes to its strong penetration power. Lasers are widely used as a tool in surgery and diagnosis.
Some of the major product types encompassing the medical laser systems market are diode lasers, solid state lasers, gas lasers and dye lasers. This position is majorly attributed to their use in an array of medical applications such as photodynamic therapy, numerous aesthetic treatments such as hair and wrinkle removal, liposuction and tooth whitening; and surgical treatments. Diode laser market held the largest market share in the global medical laser systems market in 2011 and is sub-segmented into following subtypes of lasers: Ho:Yag laser, Nd:Yag laser, Er:Yag laser, KTP laser, Alexandrite and Ruby Lasers.
Amongst all these sub-segments of the solid state laser systems, in 2011, neodymium yttrium aluminum garnet lasers held the largest market share of the total solid state laser systems market and is expected to maintain its position in 2018. Its applicability to treat ailments in several medical fields such as dermatology, gastroenterology, urology, ophthalmology and gynecology justifies its position.
The holmium yttrium aluminum garnet lasers are expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of over 16% during 2012 to 2018. It finds medical application in the field of dermatology, urology and cardiology. Increasing demand of cosmetic procedures such as pigment lesion, tattoo and birthmark removal, temporary hair removal and wrinkle treatment contribute to the high growth rate of these laser systems.
The medical laser systems market is segmented on the basis of applications into eight major divisions, viz. ophthalmology, dermatology, gynecology, urology, dentistry, cardiovascular diseases and other applications such as rheumatology, traumatology, gastroenterology, etc. The cardiovascular segment of the medical laser systems market is expected to be the fastest growing market owing to the increase in the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases and development of cost effective treatment techniques.
The overall medical laser systems market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and rest of the world. Among these regions, the North America medical laser systems market held majority of the market share in 2011 followed by Europe. Surgical procedures in Europe have taken a back seat to non-surgical, minimally invasive, anti-aging treatments. In the areas of skincare and dermatology, the focus has now shifted from conventional methods of treatment to advance technologies. It is no longer just about filling lines with hyaluronic acid or erasing wrinkles with a neurotoxin. Today, physicians are treating skin, for compactness and uniformity which can be accomplished through new generation of technically advanced aesthetic laser treatment. People who have undergone cosmetic treatments about 10 years ago have reached the age of 60 by now and there is a complete transformation in the scenario with regard to their demand for surgical processes. This has resulted in an increased demand for non-invasive cosmetic procedures, thus boosting medical laser market.
The global medical laser systems market is dominated by North America. This regional market for medical laser systems is driven by the increasing prevalence of chronic disorders such as diabetes and obesity. Europe is another key regional market in the global medical laser systems market. On the other hand, it is Asia Pacific that is the most attractive region in the global medical laser systems market. This regional market offers the maximum opportunities for future growth.
The key factors driving the Asia Pacific medical laser systems market are the increasing disposable income and the high level of unmet medical needs in populous nations such as China and India. Broadly, the global medical laser systems market is segmented on the basis of product, application, and geography.
Besides offering a detailed analysis of the key regions, the study also offers an in-depth analysis of the key application and product segments. The leading segments of the global medical laser systems market and the fastest growing segments have also been evaluated in the report. The key trends driving these segments are also included. Moreover, the valuable forecasts of these segments are also covered.
Overview of the Global Medical Laser Systems Market
The global medical laser systems market is projected to expand at a 12.50% CAGR during the forecast period from 2012 to 2018. In 2011, the global medical laser systems market was worth US$0.9 bn and by 2018, the market is projected to be worth US$2.0 bn. The market is driven by the elevated rate of age-related ophthalmic disorders and the rising awareness related to medical aesthetics.
By product, the global medical laser systems market is segmented into diode laser systems, gas laser systems, solid state laser systems, and dye laser systems. The diode laser systems segment dominated the global medical laser systems market in 2011. Application-wise, the global medical laser systems market is divided into cardiovascular, dentistry, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, dermatology, and others. By 2018, the cardiovascular segment is expected to emerge as the most rapidly developing application. The cardiovascular segment is driven by the development of affordable treatment methods and the rising prevalence of cardiovascular diseases.
Regionally, the global medical laser systems market is classified into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and Rest of the World (RoW). In 2011, the global medical laser systems market was led by North America, followed by Europe. In 2011, North America held a dominant share of 35% in the global medical laser systems market.
Although the global medical laser systems market will expand notably in the coming few years, it will be suppressed by several factors. These include the high failure rates associated with medical laser systems, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the U.S., and stringent safety regulations in this market.
Companies mentioned in the research report
Players in the global medical laser systems market will benefit from the increasing level of disposable incomes in emerging economies. Some of the key players operating in the global medical laser systems market are PhotoMedex, Lumenis, Syneron Candela, AngioDynamics, BIOLASE, and American Medical Systems, Spectranetics Corporation.
Major regions analyzed under this research report are:
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World
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