Off-label product use is fairly common in aesthetics and plays a key role in advancing treatment practices in the specialty.
At the 2019 Cosmetic Surgery Forum, Amy Foreman Taub, M.D., Glencoe, Ill., founder and medical director of Advanced Dermatology, discussed four off-label approaches she uses safely and effectively on a regular basis.
1927 Laser for AK
Though technically not an off-label approach, Dr. Taub says using a 1927 laser is not typically used to treat actinic keratosis (AK).
“This laser has been approved by the FDA for actinic keratosis, so technically, it's not really off label, but most people don't use it for that,” she says.
Noting that she is a big proponent of field therapies like photodynamic therapy, the varying response and discomfort associated with the therapy make options like the 1927 laser a good alternative choice for AK treatment.
“I started to use the 1927 laser, and… my patients were actually happier with the whole process because they didn't have a lot of pain, the post-operative course was much more consistent from treatment to treatment and patient to patient,” she says.
1927 Laser for Hair Loss
For hair loss, Dr. Taub also uses a 1927 laser.
“… in this case, we're using it to increase the absorption of a topical product. The topical product in question is a proprietary growth factor solution for androgenetic alopecia,” she says.
The number and quality of growth factors in platelet rich plasma (PRP), which is commonly used in hair loss treatments, vary from person to person, creating the possibility of inconsistencies in treatment, Dr. Taub says. Instead, she says, by using manufactured growth factors, there is more control.