Experts to share tips for using lasers in aesthetic procedures

Lasers and Light Sources in Dermatology: How to Optimize Your Results and Avoid Complications (F030)

Whether you are a novice or an expert in using lasers, you can learn the tips and tricks of using the latest technology in a variety of aesthetic procedures during a Saturday education session.

Six speakers will explain the use of lasers and energy-based devices to manage vascular disorders, perform fractional resurfacing, treat pigmented lesions, and remove fat and cellulite noninvasively. You can also learn the best order for performing these procedures when used in combination.

Cutting-edge technology
“This will be a great overview of the most cutting-edge laser technologies that are available and how to implement them into your practice,” said Arisa Ortiz, MD, the session director. “We will also discuss how to avoid potential complications. With the increasing popularity of laser surgery, it is important to have appropriate training for safe and effective treatments.”

New lasers, new uses
The treatment of vascular disorders will focus on rosacea, port-wine stains, and hemangiomas. You can learn tricks to optimize treatments, what is the appropriate endpoint, and how to manage expectations, said Dr. Ortiz, director of laser and cosmetics at the University of California, San Diego.

The use of ablative and non-ablative technology for fractional resurfacing will be explained, including new devices that combine the two technologies. The presentation will also examine resurfacing techniques for perioral and periocular wrinkles, overall photorejuvenation, and scar treatments.

The development of picosecond lasers has helped improve the treatment of pigmented lesions. Advances in treatments for tattoos and sunspots will be described, as well as the best approach for the treatment of melasma.

Many technologies are used for skin tightening, including radiofrequency, microfocused ultrasound, and laser resurfacing. These will be reviewed with a focus on newer technologies, such as needle radiofrequency, which is growing in popularity. The presentation will also explore lifting techniques, including the use of absorbable sutures.

The noninvasive removal of fat can be accomplished using a variety of technologies, including cryolipolysis, radiofrequency, lasers, and ultrasound. All of those procedures will be reviewed. Cellulite treatments have been problematic in the past, but a newer technology — controlled subcision — has grown in popularity. Its effectiveness will be discussed during the presentation.

Combination therapies
The final presentation in the session will evaluate how to safely combine the use of lasers, light sources, and injectables. The order of the procedures to achieve optimal results and those which can be combined in a single day will be explained.

“Whether you are a medical dermatologist who is looking to add more aesthetic treatments or whether you are an established laser physician, you will take away many practical points that you can implement into your practice right away,” Dr. Ortiz said of the session presentations.

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