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Skin Rejuvenation Devices in the Medical Spa

Steven H. Dayan, MD, FACS; Tracy L. Drumm; and Terri A. Wojak March 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
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Skin rejuvenation devices, both in the skin care facility and at-home, are becoming a must-have for savvy skin care clients. By understanding the purposes of the various device options, what they are purported to do and who can operate them, you can decide whether to incorporate skin rejuvenation devices into your menu of services, and which ones will work best for your clients ... and your skin care professionals.

Physician’s point of view: Steven H. Dayan, MD, FACS

Device-based nonsurgical cosmetic procedures are growing at an exorbitant rate, far surpassing the growth of cosmetic surgical procedures. Today’s clients want to undergo procedures that will make them look good fast, and they do not want the downtime, the risks or the perceived inconveniences that come with surgery. Since the late 1990s, the medical industry has responded to this demand by developing several new technologies. The creation and promotion of these devices and products has been rapid and, at times, the enthusiasm for new devices has outpaced the promised results.

In the face and neck region, nonsurgical treatments aimed at treating the dermal structures are important to achieve complete rejuvenation and are frequently used in tandem with surgical treatments. The technique for working in this area is now known as dermal remodeling, skin-tightening or nonablative skin rejuvenation, during which no damage is made to the outer layers of skin. In nonablative treatments, all injury is taking place in the lower layers of the skin and nothing is seen on the surface. This method is commonly used to stimulate collagen reformation below the skin’s surface without burning the top layers of the skin, as ablative lasers do. The most popular of the medical devices used for nonablative skin rejuvenation are visible light lasers, intense pulsed light (IPL) and radio frequency.

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