If you’re not a frequent-flier at the practice of your local dermatologist or plastic surgeon, you may not know that (in addition to injectables, chemical peels, and other treatments) they have dozens of intriguing devices at their disposal. Plenty of them are tried-and-true favorites — like VBeam® for redness and broken capillaries and Fraxel® for skin resurfacing. However, there are just as many new high-tech gizmos and gadgets launching every month that doctors are investing in for their practices, because they’ve seen the devices’ impressive, long-lasting results.
Because there are so many options, it can be tough to identify what specific treatment is right for you. To crack the code, we asked dermatologists and plastic surgeons to give us the lowdown on which new devices they’re most excited to use in 2020, what they do, and how they work. From fading acne scars to toning muscles without a gym, keep reading to learn which options could be right for you.
As always, talk to your doctor before starting any new treatment.
For Fading Acne Scars and Firming Lax Skin: InfiniTM
“This device combines fractionated radiofrequency with microneedling, and is an excellent treatment option for neck crepiness and skin laxity, acne scarring, and full face rejuvenation. As the microneedling device is moved over the skin, the needles transmit radiofrequency energy, stimulating collagen production. What sets it apart is the minimal downtime — typically, just up to 48 hours of mild redness and slight swelling. Patients are amazed at the great results, noting improvement even after one session.” — Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, co-founder of CompleteSkinMD℠ in New York, New York
For Targeting Fine Lines: Plasma Pen
“I’m very excited about this small and simple-to-use tool. It’s powered by nitrogen gas for excellent resurfacing and a deeper dermal collagen production, treating fine lines around the mouth, eyelid crepiness, and crow’s feet. It causes micro-trauma to the skin, and simultaneously thermally activates inside the dermal layers, creating fibroblasts which prompt collagen production. It typically takes three treatments to see significant results, but we have seen fantastic results with just one — patients have smoother skin, fewer lines and wrinkles, less crepiness, even a tightening and lifting effect. We have started to try it on the neck area as well, and there may be more areas for the future. It has great potential.” — Ava Shamban, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Ava MD℠ in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, California
For Facial Tightening and Lifting: SofwaveTM
“Sofwave is a microfocused ultrasound technology that puts small burn zones in the dermis. The result is collagen remodeling and tightening, lifting of the skin, and softening of fine lines and wrinkles. It takes about two to three treatments to see full results, there’s no downtime, and it’s less painful and less expensive than other ultrasound technologies available right now.” — Jason Pozner, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of Sanctuary Plastic Surgery℠ in Boca Raton, Florida
For Lifting Without A Facelift: Cytrellis®
“Cytrellis is a new technology that removes cores of tissue in the face. It’s basically a bunch of punch biopsies that remove [micro-sized portions] of the face to shrink and tighten [skin]. It’s going to be amazing for the pre-facelift crowd; people in their late thirties to fifties who want a less invasive alternative to a facelift. It requires only local or topical anesthesia, and the downtime is only [an average of three days].” — Dr. Pozner
Cytrellis is currently an investigational device.
For Improving Skin Texture: Radiofrequency Microneedling Technology
“For 2020, I am excited to see the growth of radiofrequency microneedling technology. Both technologies have been used in isolation for skin rejuvenation, but their combined use is a relatively new methodology. Microneedling is used to cause controlled physical injury to skin that targets the dermis and stimulates fibroblasts and new collagen production. Radiofrequency works by converting energy into thermal energy, which provides an added heat effect to the dermis that creates an additional thermal zone beyond the effect of the needle. This effect will cause additional collagen production. This technology is great for patients that are looking for improvement in fine lines, tone, texture, and even acne scarring with minimal downtime. Most common aftereffects include mild redness and swelling for one to three days. Typically, three to four treatments are recommended four to six weeks apart to receive optimal benefit.” — Edward Buckingham, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon in Austin, Texas
Dr. Ava Shamban is a paid Allergan® consultant.