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Coming Attractions: New Cosmetic Technologies
By: Carol and Robert Trow
Posted: April 29, 2011, from the May 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Hair transplants. The article “Future Technologies Hold Promise for Hair Restoration” by Damian McNamara in the January 2010 issue of Skin and Allergy News reports on a new procedure that may well get men into your business at a breakneck pace—an automated device now exists to harvest and then transplant hair. In the same issue, Ricardo Mejia, MD, reports on significant developments in cell-based hair regeneration that spurs fibroblasts to yield hair follicles. Although not ready for prime time, the scientific community is getting close to being able to grow hair. This age-old concern may be solved within the next five years. There is promising research on a number of breakthrough discoveries that will lead to solving the mysteries of hair growth via topicals and injectables. On the flip side, look for a new generation of hair removal devices and topicals that will make today’s gold standard look primitive.
Cellulite. The area displaying the least amount of material, substantial change is in the treatment of cellulite. Yes, there are many manufacturers offering technology, but there is no one silver bullet for cellulite reduction. Cellulite has many causes: genetic, hormonal and skin-thinning. Practice caution when buying any device that is presented as a solution to cellulite. It may be that a combination of modalities will show the most promise such as RF, medical needling, manual manipulation, and the ongoing application of topical creams and serums. Although some physicians are advocating laser lipolysis to treat cellulite, the results seem to be minimal.
These are just a few of the many areas that will see change in the near future. One thing is very clear: To stay current and take advantage of new and emerging technologies, skin care professionals will need to devote themselves to continuing professional education and obtaining new certifications as they become available, while seeking ways to affiliate with licensed medical professionals.
Carol Trow, RN, began her career as a nurse and transitioned into marketing as the director of marketing for a Fortune 1,000 company. She went on to start a marketing firm that specializes in practice enhancement for plastic surgeons, cosmetic dermatologists, lawyers and CPAs. Carol has more than 15 years of experience in the medical skin care field, and together with her husband Robert, owns DermaConcepts USA, distributors in the Eastern United States for Environ Skin Care.
Robert Trow is an authority in the business of skin care, regularly has articles included in professional publications and maintains an active consulting practice. He speaks frequently on current and emerging topics of interest at national and international meetings, as well as to medical spas, estheticians and physicians.