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Predicting the Future of Cosmetic Dermatology

What do you picture when you imagine the future of cosmetic dermatology, a field that aims to erase the skin’s evidence of the past? Dr. Ronald Moy, president-elect of the American Academy of Dermatology, tried his hand at prognostication for the specialty at the annual meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association.     

Amusement park fortune teller photo by flickr user benleto (CC).

Much of it will be based on a molecular approach to aging. Dr. Moy’s training  back in the day relied more on medical dermatology, but looking at the textbooks now used by a daughter who is in medical school, there’s much more of a genetic and molecular emphasis, he said.     

Among other changes ahead: “Collagen as we know it will be taken off the market very soon,” so we’ll soon see some changes in procedures using collagen, he noted.     

New technology means expensive machines, “so unless you’re practicing as a group, it’s going to be very difficult” to offer the most modern services, Dr. Moy added. The roles of robots, computers, and teledermatology also likely will increase.     

Synthetic medicines will be individualized to patients. Skin cancer will be treated nonsurgically with cocktails of immunostimulants. Hair transplants will disappear like the hair that went missing, and hair cloning will fill the void.     

Lasers will evolve like other modern mobile devices, becoming hand-held and used by patients to remove hair, fat, wrinkles, lentigos, and more. Stem cell research will lead to lipoinjection of stem cells to generate volume-filling effects. If radiofrequency devices continue to improve, they might replace facelifts for less invasive cosmetic surgery. We’re already seeing a strong trend toward very small incisions for brow lifts, fat redistribution, and facelifts, and the less-invasive theme will only grow stronger, he predicted.     

If you were to put a face on the future of cosmetic dermatology, would it look like the one Dr. Moy describes? Do you see something he doesn’t? Look for my full story soon for greater details on Dr. Moy’s predictions.     

–Sherry Boschert (@sherryboschert on Twitter)
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Coming Soon to a Home Near You…

From the annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Expect an increasing number of laser devices intended for home use to enter the market over the next decade, Dr. R. Rox Anderson, the outgoing president of ASLMS, predicted during a press briefing.

As a co-inventor of permanent laser hair removal about 15 years ago, Dr. Anderson recalled working with “great big lasers that cost a lot of money and took up a lot of space. There are now 3 or 4 of those devices that are approved and cleared by the FDA for home use. It’s fascinating that something as powerful as a laser can be safe enough for consumer use. We’re going to see a lot more of this in the next 5-10 years. Believe me, you will have laser devices at home and I think you’ll find them to be useful and user friendly, but we have to make sure we do it right so nobody gets hurt.” 

Dr. Anderson, director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, also predicted that lasers will play a key role in improving diagnostics. For example, instead of subjecting patients to an invasive skin biopsy for a suspicious lesion, “we’re getting to the point where lasers for making microscopic images in living people are becoming practical,” he said. “I think we’ll be able to do that through fiber optics inside your body.” 

Stay tuned. 

–Doug Brunk (on Twitter@dougbrunk)

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