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Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology: Lasers, Lights, and Energy Devices, 5th Edition

By: Elizabeth L. Tanzi, Jeffery S. Dover, and Leah K. Spring 

ISBN: 9780323829052 

Publication Date: December 1, 2022 

Reviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Private Practice) 


Facial and body rejuvenation is a burgeoning concern among patients. However, it is impossible for dermatologists to evaluate the hundreds of new aesthetic medical devices for sale, let alone purchase all of them. This book offers a consumer report critique of current lasers, phototherapy, ultrasound, microneedling, and radiofrequency equipment that cosmetic dermatologists need to offer in their practice. It objectively explains the differences between similar devices, indications for usage, and expected results based on scientific studies. 


The purpose of the book is to provide guidance in selecting expensive medical appliances for an aesthetic dermatologic practice. 


The intended audience for this book includes dermatologists with a primary focus on aesthetic procedural medicine. 


The book provides detailed explanations of the scientific principles of how these devices work. It discusses clinical considerations such as severe pain associated with certain procedures, typical side effects, and measures necessary to make patients comfortable. The authors are careful not to “advertise” any given manufacturer. The book clearly states modest results as well as which patients will be the best candidates. The eBook version includes videos of various devices used on actual patients. Some of the videos include captions, while others lack narration. 


I appreciate the honesty and simplicity with which the book explains its concepts. Dermatologists contemplating a six-figure purchase for a new anti-wrinkle device will strongly benefit from reading this book. 

©Doody’s Review Service, 2023, Patricia Wong, MD (Private Practice), Doody’s Review Score: 94 – 4 Stars! 

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