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Want to smooth out your wrinkles, erase scars and sunspots, and look years younger? Millions of Americans a year turn to lasers and prescription drugs to rejuvenate their skin, but exactly how that rejuvenation works has never been fully explained. Now, Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that laser treatments and the drug retinoic acid share a common molecular pathway. Moreover, that pathway — which lets skin cells sense loose RNA molecules — is also turned up in mice when they regenerate hair follicles. Results are described in the June 26 issue of Nature Communications.
Talent & Techniques: Surgery in a syringe: My minimally invasive alternative to surgical liposuction
Among the available nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, body contouring treatments, and the use of injectables for aesthetic improvement, continue to gain popularity. As a modality for reducing unwanted adipose tissue, injection adipocytolysis, is an approach to body contouring that accommodates the growing patient inclination toward minimally invasive treatments.
BTL, the manufacturer behind the game-changing EMSCULPT technology, is continuing to raise the bar in aesthetics and non-invasive body shaping. Today, the brand announced its latest FDA clearance for EMSCULPT, which is now FDA cleared to strengthen, firm and tone the arms and calves with the newly unveiled Small Contour Applicators. Building upon the existing clearances for the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs, the new Small Contour Applicator brings the unrivaled EMSCULPT results to even more key muscle groups, making it the ONLY non-invasive treatment that is FDA cleared to tone and strengthen the arms and calves as well.
Sponsored by Wontech
Since the 2000s, fractional lasers have been used in aesthetic and medical practices for a wide range of applications, including pigmented lesions, scars, skin rejuvenation and many others. Various wavelengths with a high absorption coefficient in water have been utilized, including 10,600 nm CO2, 2940 nm Er:YAG, 1550 nm Er:Glass, 1927 nm thulium and 2790 nm Er:YSGG.
Sponsored by Quanta
Offering three laser wavelengths (1064 nm, 532 nm, 694 nm), four pulse modalities (picosecond, Q-switched, Optipulse, photothermal,) and 1.8 GW of peak power, the Discovery Pico laser from Quanta System (Milan, Italy), effectively treats tattoos and facial pigmentation. In addition, it now offers a fractionated handpiece that allows for efficacious and safe treatment of skin texture, acne and surgical scarring. And, the unique degree of flexibility and tissue-sparing capabilities enable effective and efficient tattoo removal and high-quality facial skin treatments.
Sponsored by Suneva Medical
When it comes to novel regenerative aesthetic therapies, physicians and consumers alike are seeking innovative technologies to enhance their treatment experience and overall results.
Sponsored by REVIVE
When properly harvested and applied, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and similar products are an extremely safe and powerful tool in the medical and aesthetic armamentarium. However, this growing market of production and application devices is built on a reputation vulnerable to those looking to make a quick buck at the expense of sound medical practice – a potential problem with any aesthetic treatment. This was the motivation for the founding of REVIVETM Advanced Training Consultants (Laguna Beach, Calif.), an independent CME educational platform that strives to teach aesthetic providers only the safest, most rigorously tested, cutting-edge PRP techniques to ensure the best outcomes for all patients.
Sponsored by Cutera
The most recent contender to enter the arena of non-invasive body contouring is the truSculpt iD from Cutera, Inc. (Brisbane, Calif.). This system utilizes 2 MHz monopolar radiofrequency (RF) energy with real-time temperature control for clinically-demonstrated results in 15-minute sessions and can cover large or multiple areas simultaneously.
Sponsored by Cutera
Combining bipolar RF energy with adjustable depth and RF intensity, as well as two needle types and tip sizes, the Secret RF from Cutera, Inc. (Brisbane, Calif.), provides comfortable, customizable microneedling skin treatments for fine lines, wrinkles, photodamage, acne scarring and striae. Secret RF is unique in that treatment parameters are adjustable on-the- fly without interruption, and actual treatment sessions typically last about 20 minutes.