‘Korea’s der­ma­tol­ogy de­vices well-re­ceived abroad’

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE - By Kwak Yeon-soo [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Der­ma­tol­o­gist In Sung-il not only treats pa­tients but also de­vel­ops med­i­cal de­vices by part­ner­ing with tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies.

Re­cently, In has been test­ing pro­to­type of newly de­vel­oped aug­mented re­al­ity (AR) glasses at his clinic. The der­ma­tol­o­gist be­lieves there are many ben­e­fits of AR when he sees pa­tients.

“The AR glasses al­low more ac­cu­racy be­cause I no longer have to stare back and forth be­tween the screen and the pa­tient. It’s more ef­fi­cient,” he said.

In said that as a der­ma­tol­o­gist, he has found the need to de­velop new tech­no­log­i­cal de­vices that can be used to in­crease ef­fi­ciency and im­prove pa­tient care.

“Of course, there are many ad­vanced med­i­cal de­vices, in­clud­ing do­mes­ti­cally de­vel­oped ones, al­ready avail­able on the mar­ket,” In said. “How­ever, I also want to con­trib­ute to de­vel­op­ing more pre­cise and ac­cu­rate de­vices for der­ma­to­log­i­cal treat­ments.”

Ac­cord­ing to In, he first asks med­i­cal de­vice com­pa­nies if they have the de­vice he is think­ing of, and if they don’t, he sug­gests de­vel­op­ing one to­gether. “I usu­ally buy shares of the com­pany that is will­ing to work with me, and then make sug­ges­tions as a share­holder. That’s ba­si­cally how it works,” he said.

The der­ma­tol­o­gist said his in­ter­est in de­vel­op­ing med­i­cal de­vices came from his de­sire to pro­vide high-qual­ity med­i­cal ser­vices and his gen­eral in­ter­est in tech­nol­ogy.

“Be­fore at­tend­ing med­i­cal school, I ma­jored in elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing. Since then, I’ve al­ways had an in­ter­est in de­vel­op­ing new tech­no­log­i­cal de­vices,” he said.

It takes ap­prox­i­mately one to five years to go through all the pro­cesses, go­ing from the idea to com­mer­cial­iza­tion, ac­cord­ing to In.

“An­other re­cent ex­per­i­ment I did was au­tom­a­tiz­ing laser pig­men­ta­tion treat­ments that can re­duce the re­cov­ery pe­riod.”

Ac­cord­ing to In, the re­cov­ery time can be re­duced from nine months to three weeks if treated with the newly de­vel­oped de­vice.

“I’m still test­ing its ef­fec­tive­ness, but I’m con­fi­dent it will be­come a suc­cess,” he said.

In also shared his thoughts on ad­vanced aes­thet­ics tech­niques and treat­ments in Korea, laud­ing its rapid de­vel­op­ment in re­cent years.

“About 70 per­cent to 80 per­cent of Korea’s laser treat­ment de­vices are for ex­port. Skin care treat­ment de­vices are well-re­ceived in over­seas mar­kets, in­clud­ing the Mid­dle East, South­east Asia and the U.S.,” he said.

Cour­tesy of Charm Skin Clinic

In Sung-il, the der­ma­tol­o­gist at Charm Skin Clinic

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