The upside is that the treatment appears to have a lasting effect, Dover says. Of course, the treated patients will continue to age and, therefore, may choose to repeat the procedure after a year or so, he notes. But the treatment itself has a permanent effect because of its ability to stimulate the formation of new collagen, he tells WebMD.
Still, this treatment may not be for everyone, Dover warns. For example, he says, the technique cannot aid patients with a lot of sagging skin, for which a facelift may be a better option.
Dover also cautions against having the procedure done outside a licensed facility. "I think I represent the academy by saying that we are not excited about nonphysicians, unsupervised, doing what we consider a medical procedure with potential risks. And so we feel very strongly that patients should go to a physician or board-certified dermatologist," he says.
As for the future of this technique, Dover points out that it still is a relatively new procedure. "But we will have a lot more to report next year."