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Professionals Face Safety Issues with At-home Treatments

Posted: December 5, 2008

To satisfy the public's quest for younger-looking skin, the marketplace for cosmetic procedures has expanded dramatically over the years, with little signs of slowing down. From new facial fillers that produce longer-lasting results to at-home treatments that can temporarily remove unwanted hair, the average consumer now has many choices when it comes to improving their appearance. However, this trend also has created an influx of unqualified practitioners lacking the training and expertise of dermatologists and skin care professionals who understand the science behind these cosmetic procedures and their effects on the skin. This can put patient safety at risk.

Speaking at the American Academy of Dermatology’s academy, dermatologist Ranella J. Hirsch, MD, FAAD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, discussed how new technology and products entering the growing market of cosmetic procedures are enhancing dermatologists’ ability to fine-tune treatments and the pros and cons of at-home cosmetic procedures.

Professionals select safest solutions

Advances in the use of fillers, lasers and botulinum rejuvenation are allowing dermatologists and skin care professionals to better refine treatments based on each patient’s specific cosmetic needs. Dr. Hirsch credits the influx of new technologies and products in these areas as the reason behind the expanded treatment options for patients.

“The biggest news in cosmetic procedures is the number of new products in the pipeline that allow us to truly customize and refine treatments for the individual patient,” said Dr. Hirsch. “Dermatologists are now in a position to be able to offer patients very specific solutions to each of their skin concerns.”