Top Trends and Products in 2012 in Cosmetic Dermatology

In my last few tips of 2012, I’ll give you some highlights from cosmetic dermatology and skin care in 2012.  Let’s start with these two:


Coolscultping. The effective new fat busting technology that uses cold (actually freezing cold) to selectively and evenly kill fat cells in the targeted area. Good for the tummy (they call it the "bye, bye belly package"), love handles and some back areas. Expect about a 20-25% reduction with each treatment. It is very consistent but there are rare non responders. Ladies and gents – you have to have enough fat to pinch up a good small handful. If you are obsessing over 4 extra fat cells you won’t have enough fat. Also, if you are truly at a BMI of 50, this is not the right technology but the many women in between will do well with this system.


PMD Home Microdermabrasion System. For mild to moderate acne, microdermabrsion delivered in a spa or doctor’s office has long been helpful to unclog pores, removed dead skin cells and reduce that oily sheen. Now there is a home system that actually works. Well designed, not too expensive and with good instructions, the PMD comes with 2 tips sizes and good instructions. Be sure to follow the instructions!

I personally tested this on my two teenage sons’ moderate t-zone acne (yes, I used the dining room table with a towel on it). Use short strokes over curved areas and don’t leave the tip in one spot – you’ll get a blister. If you have cysts, lots of pustules or scarring, you need a dermatologist, not the PMD!

See Dr. Irwin’s article on Coolsculpting fat reduction.

See the PMD website.

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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