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February 2006

Cosmetic Medical Devices and Their FDA Regulation

Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(2):225-228. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.2.225

Clinical dermatology practice has expanded to include the use of many procedures and devices for cosmetic purposes. This is a consequence of not only the rising interest in aesthetic medicine but also the economic pressures on the practitioner participating in managed care plans, as well as increasing regulation and requirements of office practice. However, the increased reliance on new cosmetic procedures and devices has resulted in confusion over their real benefits and risks. This confusion has arisen, in part, as a result of aggressive marketing by manufacturers. For example, entering the cacophonous technical exhibits hall at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting is an experience similar to walking in the Central Bazaar in Istanbul, where myriad merchants are plying their wares, each exhorting the superiority of his product over that of his neighbor.

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