As demand for energy-based anti-aging procedures continues to rise, practitioners are faced with choosing from a wide array of aesthetic platgorms and devices that are, at times, difficult to differentiate. Some are one trick ponies and offer a single procedure; others are full-blown multifunctional platforms that perform everything from energy-based hair removal to fat reduction, laser skin resurfacing and skin tightening.
Advances in Aesthetic Technology
Microneedling has come of age in the medical aesthetic arena as SkinPen® from Bellus Medical (Addison, Texas) recently announced that it is the first and only microneedling system to receive a De Novo clearance as a Class II medical device by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This designation grants the company clearance and marketing authorization for the device, which is intended to improve the appearance of facial acne scars in adults aged 22 years or older. This clearance was based on the FDA’s recently codified language regarding aesthetic uses of microneedling.
The unique combination of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and 635 nm laser energy found in SygmaLift from MedixSysteme (Ruggell, Liechtenstein), represents not only a powerful, painless, non-invasive solution for multi-layer reshaping of facial contours, but also treatment around the eyes. Using its properties, physicians can successfully treat sagging eyelids, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as facial asymmetry.
A global revolution is taking hold throughout the medical aesthetic field. Increasingly, regenerative and cell-based techniques are starting to reduce or replace the need for more invasive surgery, drug or chemical-based therapies.
Providers and patients alike continue to reap the benefits of utilizing radiofrequency (RF)-based energy for non-surgical, no-downtime body shaping and skin rejuvenation procedures. As a versatile example of this trend, the Thermi250® device from Thermi, an Almirall Company (Dallas, Texas) employs temperature-controlled RF that delivers a tailored treatment for non-invasive, non-ablative body rejuvenation for people of all skin types.
The Discovery PICO Plus laser by Quanta System (Milan, Italy) combines powerful Nd:YAG and Ruby wavelengths to treat tattoos, scars and more. With pulses ranging from microseconds to picoseconds, plus multiple handpieces and spot shapes, this innovative device also delivers flexibility.
Non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation is now a well-established and popular procedure to treat a variety of vulvovaginal disorders, improve sexual gratification and enhance the aesthetic appearance of the external female genitalia. This rejuvenation is accomplished via neocollagenesis, neovascularization and possibly neoneurogenesis.
A task force representing several plastic surgery societies urges practitioners to reevaluate performing gluteal fat injections.
Method grows skin from pluripotent stem cells, supports hair follicle growth and may provide the opportunity to study skin growth and hair regeneration.
For over 20 years Lutronic (Boston, Mass.) has been a successful leader in laser and energy-based devices. While the company continues to expand worldwide, the clear objective is to leap ahead of competing companies, many of whom are located in North America.