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Realistic Expectations for Home Optical Devices

J Cosmet Dermatol; ePub Jul 25; Juhász, et al

As home optical devices usually deliver less energy per session than with professional treatments, it is important that consumers are given realistic expectations of post-treatment outcomes, according to a recent review. Patients may use home devices without disclosure to their physician and it is important as healthcare professionals to be aware of the existence of these devices, how to use the devices properly (including what diseases can be treated and which skin types are considered safe for use), as well as any adverse effects that may occur. A literature search was conducted, using the search terms, “home device dermatology,” “home device acne,” “home device hair” or “hair removal,” and “home device aging.” Investigators found:

  • Currently, there are multiple home optical devices available on the market that have been approved for the treatment of acne, scars, hair removal, and wrinkles using intense pulsed light, light-emitting diode, heat, infrared, low-level light therapy, and laser.
  • Current dermatologic literature shows that these devices are promising with significant post-treatment results as well as a high level of safety.

Juhász MLW, Levin MK, Marmur ES. A review of available laser and intense light source home devices: A dermatologist's perspective. [Published online ahead of print July 25, 2017]. J Cosmet Dermatol. doi:10.1111/jocd.12371.

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Realistic Expectations for Home Optical Devices, J Cosmet Dermatol; ePub Jul 25; Juhász, et al