Equipment

Global Injections

Full-face rejuvenation with injectables offers high patient satisfaction, but requires advanced training and an awareness of risk factors.
MedEsthetics July/August 2018

When medical aesthetic practices first began to use the term “Liquid Facelift” to describe the use of fillers and botulinum toxins for facial rejuvenation, there was some discomfort in the industry. Many practitioners were wary of suggesting that patients could achieve results comparable to a facelift nonsurgically, and the outcomes were not always ideal. But with experience, new indications and improved techniques, outcomes have improved significantly.

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.

Noninvasive Skin Tightening: The Heat Is On

Options, abilities and limitations of noninvasive skin-tightening devices.
MedEsthetics April 2018

It has been more than 15 years since Thermage, the first radiofrequency (RF)-based noninvasive skin-tightening device, entered the United States market. In the years since, demand for noninvasive skin tightening and lifting procedures has skyrocketed, bringing dozens of competitors to the market. New iterations include RF devices that deliver treatment with less pain, ultrasound-based treatments, and minimally invasive systems that deliver energy to the skin’s lower layers through microneedles or wands.

Up In Smoke

Protect your providers and patients from the biological and respiratory dangers lurking in laser plume.
MedEsthetics April 2018

Surgical lasers have improved efficiency and allow for more targeted, less traumatic treatments. But they have also introduced a new danger to providers and patients: laser plumes. Tissue-vaporizing devices emit plume: smoke, vapor and debris that contain harmful compounds, including aerosolized biological materials.

Permanent Reduction

One size does not fit all when it comes to long-term hair removal.
Choosing the right device for permanent hair reduction

The desire to remove excess hair has been part of the human condition as far back as 30,000 B.C. First, sharpened flints and clamshells were used to scrape off unwanted body hair then the Ancient Egyptians discovered sugaring, which gave way to waxing. Today, laser hair removal is the No. 1 laser treatment offered in the United States, and it consistently ranks in the top three most-requested nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.

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.

Photothermolysis With Silver Particles

Two small-scale studies highlight the potential of silver particles to improve the efficacy of laser hair removal and light-based acne treatments.
MedEsthetics July/August 2017 Newsmakers

As aesthetic treatments become more varied and efficacious, there remain some key gaps in treatment options. For example, laser hair removal is one of the most pop­ular services offered in aesthetic practices and medspas, yet permanent hair reduction is not an option for those with blonde and red hair. Dermatologists have long sought an alternative to systemic treatments for those with moderate-to-severe acne, and while laser treatments have shown promise, their efficacy is short-lived and inconsistent.

Winning Combinations

Physicians share their most popular and effective combination treatment regimens.
MedEsthetics July/August 2017

Patients seeking skin rejuvenation procedures typically present with a variety of concerns ranging from skin laxity to brown spots, visible vascularity, and fine lines and wrinkles. Delivering optimal outcomes often requires the use of multiple treatment modalities. This has led physicians to embrace combination treatments that enable them to treat several signs of aging in one treatment session, saving patients both time and money.

Practice Management: Anatomy of a Laser Contract

Understanding the key provisions of a laser contract can help you in your purchasing decisions.
Understanding Laser Contracts

Laser treatments have become a staple of the medical aes­thetics industry. More than 2.5 million laser treatments—including laser hair removal, leg vein treatments, and ablative and nonablative skin resurfacing—were performed in 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2016 statistics.