Dr. Lau has devoted much of his professional career developing technology innovation applicable to cosmetic and plastic surgery as well as women’s health.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Lau was working on a Ph.D. in nuclear physics and chemistry at the University of Washington. He continues to engage in physics and chemistry, mainly to apply the science to his pursuit towards medical and surgical excellence. Dr. Lau was educated at the University of Oxford concentrating in technology innovation development, and he received an MBA degree from Oxford. The following are the areas of expertise and interests that Dr. Lau is actively engaging in:
In order to improve the aesthetic appearance of certain parts of the body, the surgeon might need to restore to its youthful condition the contour and support of certain tissue in those areas. Obviously, it would be more desirable to accomplish this task non-invasively or minimally invasively instead of using invasive surgery to lift, such as a face-lift or breast lift, or build volume, such as a cheek implant. Dr. Lau routinely uses superficial or deep dermal fillers to restore the youthful contour of the face, lips, hands and feet as well as other body areas. The fillers can be biologics, derived from biological sources, or biomimetics, such as synthetic material to mimic biological tissue. Beyond his clinical practice in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Lau is a scientist developing innovative material and solutions to enable the non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic surgical procedures.
Dr. Lau is an author of the following publications, presentations and US patents and patent applications:
Dr. Lau is an expert in applying various energy modalities to enable non-invasive and minimally invasive surgery. He is a pioneer in using laser in gynecologic surgery, championing laser laparoscopy for pelvic endometriosis and adhesions over 25 years ago. Since then, he has been applying photo-science to clinical cosmetic applications. Dr. Lau is one of the first clinicians using microwave for endometrial ablation in the U.S.
Over the last ten years, Dr. Lau has been working on using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for therapeutic purposes. He co-founded Mirabilis Medica, a venture backed company in Seattle that develops an office based ultrasound image guided HIFU system to treat uterine fibroids. The procedure is non-invasive, does not need any incisions or general anesthetic, and has a very brief recovery requirement – the patient can return to work one to two days after the procedure. This is potentially be a paradigm changing treatment option for women with uterine fibroids, a most common disease causing heavy menses, pain and infertility.
Dr. Lau is an author of the following publications, presentations and U.S. patents and patent applications:
Dr. Lau has also leveraged his expertise in therapeutic ultrasound to apply such in aesthetic devices, even those designed for home used. He co-founded JeNu Biosciences with a team of scientists from the University of Washington, and developed an ultrasound enhanced cosmetic device for skincare at home. The following are US patent applications relating to the JeNu technology: