Pre-/postprocedure measures for minimally invasive, nonenergy aesthetic treatments: A survey

Michael H. Gold, Anneke Andriessen, David J. Goldberg, Komel V. Grover, Shasa Hu, Z. Paul Lorenc, Stephen H. Mandy, Janelle H. Vega

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Background: Non-energy based devices used in aesthetic medicine include treatments such as microdermabrasion, microneedling, threads, and chemical peels. Practitioners may use these devices to address signs of facial photo- and chronological aging (fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentary, and skin textural changes). Currently, consensus papers or guidelines are lacking in peri-procedural measures or their potential role in the prevention or treatment of adverse events in non-energy based aesthetic procedures. Aims: To explore current practices using non-energy devices, a survey was developed to identify trends in peri-procedure treatment measures. Patients/Methods: The survey was sent electronically to 2000 dermatologists and 388 plastic surgeons. Randomly selected sites included those practicing medical aesthetics using non-energy devices for facial rejuvenation. The survey gathered information related to practitioner demographics, types of devices used, and peri-procedural measures for non-energy device-based treatments. Results: The survey was active from February to May 2019. Nine hundred and twenty clinicians opened the survey, and 109 surveys were completed, providing a total response rate of 11.8%. The results revealed inconsistencies with regards to skin preparation strategies and post-procedure care. While the majority of clinicians indicated a need for topical treatments to reduce inflammation, prevent scarring, and shorten time to healing, a standard of care was not observed. Conclusions: The results of this survey confirm a lack of standardized measures for peri-procedural care when using non-energy based devices for aesthetic medicine treatments. These findings emphasize the need for evidence-based recommendations for optimizing patient outcomes, reducing and managing adverse events, and shortening time to healing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1587-1592
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • aesthetic treatments
  • nonenergy devices
  • peri-procedural measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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