Home-Use Laser Devices

1. How effective are the home-use photo-rejuvenation devices (like Omnilux New-U, DPL System, and LightStim) for wrinkles and hyperpigmentation? Worth the money? 2. I had the Restyln filler in the past. However, due to the economy today, I am unable to have the Restylane filler, but would like to have a filler comparable to the Restyln, but at a lower cost. Is there anything available or are there any Dermatology schools, where the cost would be less because it is a school under the direction of professional guidance, availble in New York? My family reunion will be held in August 2009. I am 60 and do find that the filler has lifted my face, it seems I am a drooper. face becomes squared off...I am hoping you can guide me in the right direction so that I can some how maintain this procedure during these challanging economic times!

1.  Home-use photorejuvenation devices – are they worth it?

This one is proving devilishly difficult because it’s been hard to get out of these companies what they are actually using in terms of power and wavelengths.  Even the “physician” company websites contain just what I would term marketing materials  and very little substance.  We’re still working on this, calling the companies etc. and trying to get studies.  Most of the studies I’ve seen so far on these home-use laser devices were very small, not controlled and done by docs being paid by the company to do them (limited usefulness).  I’ll keep you posted as we get more info.  My general sense of the “wrinkle” home use devices,  from conferences and reading, is that they don’t do much.  These as opposed to the Tria, a home use hair removal device, which does work  well.

2.  Is there a way to save money on the cost of Restylane?

I really sympathize with your desire to maintain your skin without quite so much cost (see my article on the average cost of procedures here).   Sometimes the Restylane/Juvederm done in salons is a little less but often that’s because there is a “medical technician” (someone with limited medical training) doing the procedure.  You might be able to find a salon or spa who has an experienced RN injector.  Look for an RN with at least 5 years of experience.  The price could be lower.

Or, you might try establishing yourself with an office that is larger and does a lot of Restylane/Juvederm.   Sometimes they will have training days (we do this at our office) where the company will supply the filler and we will work/teach  with patients at no charge.  The purpose is to advance the skills of all the younger doctors, PAs, RNs who are providing fillers in the office.  You could volunteer to be one of those patients.  But, you have to do it on the office’s training time schedule and that may not work for you if you have an event.

Hope this helps,

Dr. Brandith Irwin


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