MAR 2019

MedEsthetics—business education for medical practitioners—provides the latest noninvasive cosmetic procedures, treatment trends, product and equipment reviews, legal issues and medical aesthetics industry news.

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26 MARCH 2019 | Med Esthetics LASER-ASSISTED DRUG DELIVERY is being used in multiple specialties to improve outcomes and enhance the effi cacy of topical medications. In aesthetics, practitioners are delivering topicals, such as platelet-rich plasma, active skincare ingredients and prescriptions, including minoxidil and bleaching agents, through the microchannels created by fractional ablative laser and microneedling. "You can use vitamin C, retinoids, bleaching agents for melasma, stimulatory agents like PRP for both facial rejuvenation and hair growth, and also delivery of minoxidil after creating laser holes," says Neil Sadick, MD, of Sadick Dermatology in Manhattan. "It's a more direct, targeted delivery of the actives so they should have greater biological activity, theoretically." We spoke with aesthetic physicians to determine where they are using laser-assisted delivery of topicals in their practices and which indications have the most evidence of effi cacy. By Inga Hansen The most promising aesthetic indications for laser- and microneedling-assisted topical delivery. TARGETED DELIVERY

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