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    2017’s big breakthroughs


    At-home device innovations

    Dr. Batra“The biggest breakthrough in 2017, I think is the real innovation that has occurred in some of the at-home products and devices,” says Sonia Batra, M.D., a dermatologist in private practice in Santa Monica, Calif., and a recurring co-host on the talk show The Doctors.

    The two categories of at-home devices in which Dr. Batra says she has seen a lot of progress are light-emitting diode (LED) and laser therapy.

    “The wavelengths are similar to those used in the office but at much lower energy levels that are safe for at-home use. Microcurrent devices that provide a temporary lift have also progressed,” she says.

    At-home devices don’t necessarily mean lost business for the dermatologist, according to Dr. Batra.

    “I think, with everything we do in the office, we’re always trying to dovetail with a really effective at-home regimen. It has been a nice partnership that the products at home are becoming more and more sophisticated and effective,” she says.

    Still, consumer beware of me-too devices that over promise and under deliver, according to Dr. Batra.

    “Obviously, there were some first-to-market at-home hair removal devices. There were some diode type devices, which are LED lights for acne and antiaging. And I think, because of the commercial success of many of those devices, there have been more and more at-home products hitting the market,” she says. “They vary in terms of their effectiveness.”

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...


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