Hot Trends in Cosmetic Dermatology

According to results from American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) surveys, there has been a 53 percent increase in body-contouring procedures from 2012 through 2015. The last year was incredible for cosmetic dermatology as minimally invasive techniques and technology transformed the way men and women improve their appearance. “There has been a dramatic increase in the number of cosmetic treatments available to patients,” says Charles Crutchfield, III, M.D., of Crutchfield Dermatology (Eagan, MN). “Technology has advanced where patients can receive many treatments in one appointment and have amazing results without the downtime of traditional cosmetic procedures.”

With 2016 bringing new advancements in dermatology and more options for those looking to improve their appearance, Crutchfield shares the biggest trends he predicts for 2016. 

  • Botox and Fillers: The number one treatment in cosmetic dermatology will continue in popularity in 2016. Juvederm, Restylane and Botox all help smooth and fill in wrinkles.
  • Platelet Rich Plasma: This safe technology uses no animal or foreign components, so there is no risk of an allergic or adverse reaction. It is a highly effective treatment using the patient's own blood to reverse the aging process in a subtle yet stunning way.
  • Skin Texturizing Treatments: Microdermabrasion and chemical peels have terrific results in erasing acne scars, fine lines, and other skin imperfections that cause uneven skin tone and texture.
  • IPL/Fraxel Lasers: These lasers help resurface the skin and restore collagen for a smooth appearance.
  • Body Contouring: CoolSculpting can target stubborn fat around the tummy, thighs, and arms. “Coolsculpting has been a tremendous advancement since liposuction and other surgical procedures,” says Crutchfield. “It is a non-invasive approach to erasing stubborn fat that can be hard to lose with diet and exercise.”
  • Kybella: This is a non-surgical method for reducing moderate to severe fat under the chin. With this series of injections, fat cells are dissolved and absorbed by the body.

“In the last year alone, cosmetic dermatologic treatments have advanced significantly. They are less invasive with even better results. This has made more and more people open to undergoing a cosmetic procedure,” says Crutchfield. “The results are natural and beautiful, and patients don't have to take time off to recover. The popularity of cosmetic procedures will only increase in 2016!”