Joely Kaufman, M.D.
Technology advances cellulite treatment
We finally have effective interventions that address the root cause of cellulite (fibrous tethers). Now, patient education and selection becomes paramount. Long horizontal lines and the infragluteal cleft or bulge, the so-called “banana-roll” cannot be corrected with these interventions. Prior to performing cellulite procedures we must impart this knowledge to our patients to ensure realistic expectations.
Fractionated bipolar radiofrequency devices rejuvenate skin
In the context of dermatology, three fundamental types of RF devices exist: monopolar, unipolar and bipolar, which are differentiated by the configuration of electrodes and corresponding electromagnetic fields.
Laser, light treatment hasten resolution of purpura
Purpura, whether after trauma or an aesthetic procedure, is undesirable to patients. The ecchymoses can last for up to two weeks, and dyspigmentation can persist even longer.
1,927 nm thulium laser shows promise for melasma treatment
Melasma is one of the most challenging aesthetic conditions we face in our dermatology practices. Driven by both internal (hormonal) and external (sun exposure) factors, melasma can be improved with sunscreen, topical bleaching agents, chemical peels, and laser and light sources, but long-term remission has proven elusive.
Combining correct laser device with type of acne scar boosts clearance
Acne scars are potentially socially debilitating lifelong reminders of the condition. Fortunately, modern laser therapy allows dermatologists to offer their patients hope for improvement. Prior to initiating laser therapy for acne scars it is important to consider the types of scars encountered.
Laser options grow for hypertrophic, keloid scarring
Revolutionized by the advent of fractional laser technology, laser surgery for scars continues to evolve. However, clinicians continue to be confronted with a wide variety of scar types without a well-established treatment algorithm.
Nonablative fractional lasers afford results, minimize downtime
Laser resurfacing revolutionized the management of cutaneous photodamage ever since its introduction in the early 1980s. Initially, options were limited to fully ablative carbon dioxide (CO2) devices. Although results were impressive, the lengthy post-procedure downtime and substantial risks for infection, scarring and depigmentation drove the development of alternatives.
New microwave device for hyperhidrosis proves promising
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be a physically and emotionally distressing condition. In 2004, the United States prevalence rates were estimated to be 1.4 percent (more than 4 million people; Strutton DR, Kowalski JW, Glasser DA, et al. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004;51(2):241-248).
Melanin measurement tool can increase safety, efficacy of light-based devices
The primary goal of the dermatologic laser surgeon is to deliver effective treatments without compromising patient safety. Laser and light-based technologies continue to evolve at a torrid pace, whereas the methodology by which laser surgeons assess the skin to be treated has lagged behind.


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