Noninvasive procedural dermatology has evolved rapidly during the past decade. An array of skin tightening, resurfacing, and fat-reducing energy devices can now be combined with filler and neurotoxin injectables to reduce the visible signs of aging with minimal downtime and risk. In the future, such advances will likely continue, although the pace of technological breakthroughs is difficult to predict. Complex feedback devices, nanotechnology, and cell-based therapies will eventually begin to fulfill the promise of scar removal, pigmentation correction, and replacement of aged skin with skin that is new and completely functional. Dermatologists are well equipped to retain their leadership in noninvasive esthetic medicine, and they will, to the extent that they continue to pioneer outstanding therapies that are effective, affordable, and safe.
Semin Cutan Med Surg 32:59-61