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    Dermatology’s 2017 Game Changers


    Upswing in picosecond laser use

    Jeffrey Fromowitz, M.D.Boca Raton, Fla., dermatologist Jeffery Fromowitz, M.D., says he thinks one of the most exciting innovations for 2017 is the introduction of picosecond laser technology and certain wavelengths of energy that have created a new era in skin revitalization.

    “Using Cutera’s Enlighten laser, we are able to deliver controlled high energy ultrashort pulses to the skin surface. These pulses selectively target and shatter pigment in a photomechanical fashion. The photomechanical laser shockwaves disrupt and remodel the papillary dermis, stimulating collagen formation, improving skin tone and creating a more youthful appearance,”

    Dr. Fromowitz says. “The best part is the treatment is safe on all skin types and has no down time.”

    Dr. Fromowitz has lectured for Cutera but not on this laser.



    More men in 2017

    Janet Prystowsky, MDJanet Prystowsky, M.D.New York City dermatologist Janet Prystowsky, M.D., says dermatologists will be seeing more men coming in for facial rejuvenation in the next year.

    “Generally their preferences vary a little from women’s. So this may be a good time to diversify your options in anticipation of this growing demographic,” Dr. Prystowsky says. “Botox [Allergan] is still the number one option going forward. But men do not seem as interested in deep-tissue radiofrequency and volumizing filler treatments as women are. I think this is because men’s faces tend to hold their volume longer than women’s faces do. That being said, men seem more interested in pulsed dye lasers that treat redness and red spots. I also see more interest in silicone fillers around the mouth.”

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    Growing demand for antibiotic-free acne treatments

    Hilary Baldwin, M.D.Hilary Baldwin, M.D., medical director of the Acne Treatment and Research Center in Morristown, N.J., says that she continues to see more and more patients who are looking for options to help manage their condition.

    “They are specifically looking for options that do not increase the risk of antibiotic resistance. They are most interested in once daily treatments with little tolerability issues,” Dr. Baldwin says.

    The option Dr. Baldwin noted: prescription treatment Epiduo Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide, Galderma) Gel, 0.3%/2.5%, which, she says, contains the highest-available concentration of adapalene combined with benzoyl peroxide.

    Dr. Baldwin is an advisor for Galderma, Bayer, Allergan, Sun, Valeant, Encore, BioPharmX and Novan.


    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton is president of Words Come Alive, based in Boca Raton, Florida.


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