Dermatologists have consistently proven themselves at the forefront of technological advancement and innovation to serve patients of all types better. And as clients’ goals evolve and expand, so have the variety of highly effective treatment options in cosmetic dermatology and aesthetics.
Here are just a few of the most exciting innovations in dermatology that 2022 has brought us.
Artificial Intelligence Mediated Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal (often referred to as LHR) is a non-invasive procedure designed to eliminate unwanted hair permanently. By selectively targeting and destroying hair follicles, laser hair removal disables hair regrowth in the long term. It’s become the go-to option for individuals interested in breaking free from shaving, waxing, and other hair removal methods.
You might not expect to hear about artificial intelligence (AI) in conjunction with hair removal, but recent breakthroughs have established a valuable connection between the two. New algorithms, known as advanced automatic target recognition (ATR) algorithms, use digital skin images to effectively “scout” out the hair follicles that will be targeted. These ATR systems are able to distinguish between hair, lesions, and moles, developing incredibly accurate coordinates of the locations of follicles.
What does this mean for laser hair removal? The advantages of AI-mediated procedures include the following:
- Precision-level accuracy and an increased safety margin: The system zooms in on a small focal point, which ensures that the ATR system will not damage the surrounding tissue.
- No risk of human error: Whereas standard laser hair removal is conducted by a human technician, AI-powered procedures could provide a better-informed approach. Utilizing deep learning technology means that a patient’s digital image could be compared with a database of millions of similar images, opening the door to a new world of effective diagnoses and treatments.
- Reduced side effects and potential risks: Although minimal risks or side effects are associated with LHR; artificial intelligence could reduce these even further.
- Easier, faster treatment: Technical preparations will require far less time, thanks to the robotic precision of AI.
Emsculpt: a Non-Invasive Muscle Toning Procedure
Emsculpt is an all-new non-invasive body contouring treatment that has recently received clearance from the U.S. FDA. In virtually no time at all, it has become one of the most sought-after options for individuals that want to achieve the appearance of a more toned, trim physique.
The Emsculpt methodology is based on high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy, which is used to induce “supramaximal contractions” in the muscles within a targeted area.
Essentially, these contractions can be implemented in such a way as to promote similar muscle toning and fat reduction results as consistent resistance training, but in much less time. Reportedly, 30 minutes of Emsculpt equates to 20,000 crunches or sit-ups.
Molecular Skin Rejuvenation (MRBL): Next-Generation Gene Therapy
MRBL is a molecular skin rejuvenation treatment that takes a comprehensive approach to treat monogenic and polygenic skin diseases, as well as the visible signs of aging. It uses a newly-created computational target discovery platform featuring cell-specific gene delivery vehicles, which can effectively deliver genetic “payloads” to specific areas of a patient’s skin.
Whereas prior treatment options were limited to minimizing the symptoms of these rare skin diseases, this revolutionary development may offer the possibility of directly targeting the pathology of the condition itself.
Because the genes that are affected in monogenic skin conditions are also related to the aging process, MRBL is considered an effective and safe anti-aging option.
Explore the Latest Advancements in Dermatology Now
Regarding innovation, dermatology is a field that always manages to stay one step ahead. But to have access to the most exciting new treatments and products, choosing the right dermatology office is a must.
Affiliated Dermatology® is Arizona’s leading provider of medical and aesthetic dermatology services, welcoming clients at our offices throughout the Valley.
Our highly trained team is equipped to offer you the best treatments in the industry, including advanced options like CoolSculpting, laser hair removal, and more. And because every one of our patients receives personalized care and recommendations, you can be confident that your results will exceed your expectations.
For more information about our dermatologists and the services offered in Phoenix, please get in touch with Affiliated Dermatology® today!
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