Emerging technologies in aesthetic medicine

Dermatol Clin. 2009 Oct;27(4):521-7, vii-viii. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2009.08.004.


Recent advances in technology have drastically improved aesthetic treatment for skin. Of particular interest is the emergence of laser- and lightbased technologies, which have offered great promise among skin-rejuvenation therapies. New laser resurfacing techniques for skin rejuvenation offer significant advantages over conventional ablative lasers, such as the CO(2) and erbiumYAG laser systems. Nonablative and fractional lasers, although not as efficacious as ablative therapies, are associated with significantly diminished complication rates and shortened recovery times. Novel devices combining ablative and fractional technologies have also surfaced, demonstrating noteworthy results. In this review, the authors will discuss the implications of current developments in research and technology for skin rejuvenation. Furthermore, the authors will address emerging therapies for acne vulgaris, lipolysis, and cellulite.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / therapy*
  • Adipose Tissue*
  • Cosmetic Techniques / standards*
  • Esthetics*
  • Humans
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Rejuvenation*