Equipment

Shedding New Light

TRASER technology could add a world of versatility to all kinds of skin treatments.
Shedding  New Light

What if you needed only one relatively low-cost energy device in your practice to offer treatments that now require a KTP laser, a pulsed dye laser and a ruby laser? Morgan Gustavsson, a pioneer in intense pulsed light, who has worked with companies including American Medical Bio Care, Candela, Syneron and Venus Concepts, says a new technology dubbed TRASER could make that possible.

ALA PDT Effective for Acne in Asian Skin

ALA PDT Effective for Acne in Asian Skin

In a study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (June 2016), researchers Yik Weng Yew, MD, MPH, et al, investigated whether photodynamic therapy (PDT) using topical application of aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is an effective treatment regimen for acne vulgaris in Asian skin. They found that a single treatment session of 5%-ALA PDT reduced truncal acne lesions by more than 60% in their Asian patients.

Ultrasound for Neck Laxity

Ultrasound for Neck Laxity

In a study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (May 2016), Leslie Baumann, MD, and Brian Zelickson, MD, investigated whether application of microfocused ultrasound with high-resolution ultrasound visualization (MFU-V) at two focal depths would produce clinical results superior to treatment at a single focal depth. They used the Ulthera device, which administers MFU-V to produce noninvasive lifting and tightening of lax skin on the face and neck.

Less Heat, More Punch

Additions to the PicoWay platform offer practitioners faster tattoo clearance and a whole new category of skin rejuvenation.
Less Heat, More Punch

Syneron-Candela recently expanded its award-winning PicoWay platform to include a novel fractionated handpiece, the PicoWay Resolve, and a new ultra-short 785nm wavelength, the first of its kind in the aesthetic market utilizing a titanium sapphire laser for removal of blue and green inks. The platform now includes both fractional and nonfractional 532nm and 1064nm picosecond wavelengths for the treatment of benign pigmented lesions and tattoos, plus the 785nm wavelength, which further reduces pulse duration to address smaller ink particles.

Making Waves

Fractional and microneedle RF devices offer some unique benefits for aesthetic practices.
Making Waves

Among the latest tools in minimally invasive aesthetic medicine are fractional radiofrequency (RF) devices, which excel at addressing acne scarring, striae and mild to moderate wrinkling in patients of all skin types. Fractional RF uses an electrode matrix designed to create zones of thermal wounds surrounded by unaffected tissue. Like fractional lasers, the thermal wounds stimulate dermal remodeling while the healthy surrounding tissue helps promote healing.

Smooth Operators

How to manage expectations and identify the best candidates for minimally invasive and noninvasive cellulite treatment options.
Smooth Operators

Cellulite. The very word makes women—and some men—cringe. It’s a condition that affects people of all ages and body types. For decades, treatment options have been numerous and sometimes downright medieval, ranging from machines that vibrate wide canvas belts surrounding the hips and buttocks electrical muscle stimulators, mechanical massage, and a host of creams, serums and injectables. The problem: Until recently, no treatment modality has offered long-term results.