Topical Brimonidine Following IPL Offers Same Efficacy With Less Erythema

Reducing redness after IPL

Patients with facial telangiectasia who receive topical brimonidine following IPL treatment experience less postprocedure erythema with no reduction in efficacy. Anne‐Cathrine E. Vissing, Christine Dierickx, Katrine E. Karmisholt and Merete Haedersdal of Denmark, performed a randomized, two-center, single-blinded, split-face trial on 19 patients with facial telangiectasia. The patients were treated with adjuvant brimonidine and air‐cooling on one side of the face and air‐cooling alone (control) on the other.

The Best Wavelengths for Treatment of Facial Telangiectasia

Best wavelengths for telangiectasia

A new study, published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (November 2017), found that pulsed dye lasers (PDL) and the MaxG Optimized Light Handpiece (500-670nm and 870-1200nm) offer the best outcomes for patients with facial telangiectasia. Lin Gao, MD, et al, of the Xijing Hospital department of dermatology in Xi’an, China, performed a retrospective analysis of 416 patients with facial telangiectasia who were treated by PDL or IPLs in their department from August 2012 to March 2015.

Rays of Light

Understanding the role of intense pulsed light in today’s aesthetic practices.
Rays of Light

Since it first received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 1995, intense pulsed light (IPL) has become one of the most versatile and widely used technologies in aesthetic medicine. It has been used for permanent hair reduction and to treat a variety of concerns, including redness, acne and excess pigmentation. Now that it has been joined by a number of lasers and energy-based devices, the question for providers is: Which patients and indications benefit most from IPL?

Skincare Equipment: ProWave LX

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ProWave LX

The new ProWave LX hair removal handpiece from Cutera offers 10 Kilowatts of peak power plus short pulse durations that allow practitioners to treat finer, lighter hair. The handpiece—which can be used with the company’s XEO aesthetic platform—features aggressive contact cooling for more comfortable treatments. Contact: 888. 428.8372, www.cutera.com.

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Less Pain, Equal Gain in Diode vs. IPL Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal

Patients who took part in a split-leg study comparing laser hair removal results using a low-fluence diode laser and high-fluence IPL device reported less pain with the diode-treated leg and equal results in terms of efficacy between the two modalities. The study, which appeared in the Autralasian Journal of Dermatology (August 2012), followed 30 Asian patients with dark hair and skin types III to IV. Subjects underwent three hair removal sessions at six week and eight week intervals.