Systems and methods for creating an effect using microwave energy to specified tissue

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Systems, methods and devices for creating an effect using microwave energy to specified tissue are disclosed. A system for the application of microwave energy to a tissue includes a signal generator adapted to generate a microwave signal having predetermined characteristics, an applicator connected to the generator and adapted to apply microwave energy to tissue. The applicator includes one or more microwave antennas and a tissue interface, a vacuum source connected to the tissue interface, a cooling source connected to the tissue interface, and a controller adapted to control the signal generator, the vacuum source, and the coolant source. The tissue includes a first layer and a second layer, the second layer below the first layer. The controller is configured so that the system delivers energy such that a peak power loss density profile is created in the second layer.

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MIRAMAR LABS, INC.SUNNYVALE, CA20

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Deem, Mark E Mountain View, US 184 12136
Francis, Dan Mountain View, US 30 1676
Hallock, Dan Redwood City, US 3 78
Johnson, Jessi Ernest Mountain View, US 10 213
Kim, Steven Los Altos, US 161 3224
Salamini, Alexey San Francisco, US 31 565
Smith, Peter Kirkcaldy, GB 116 2033
Su, Ted Sunnyvale, US 40 1146

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