“The role of light-based technologies in dermatology has expanded dramatically in recent years. Lasers and intense pulsed light have been used to safely and effectively treat a diverse array of cutaneous conditions, including vascular and pigmented lesions, tattoos, scars and undesired hair, while also providing extensive therapeutic options for cosmetic rejuvenation and other dermatologic conditions. Dermatologic laser procedures are becoming increasingly popular worldwide, and demand for them has fueled new innovations and clinical applications,” Nicole Zysk says Nicole
The study of skin, otherwise known as dermatology, has changed a lot over the centuries. Ancient Egyptian papyrus scrolls and Hippocratic writings provide some of the first recorded descriptions of skin diseases. In more recent history, key individuals and discoveries have shaped the field of dermatology into what it is today. Classification of skin conditions, diagnostic methods and drug treatments all began to develop in the 18th and 19th centuries, solidifying dermatology as its own medical specialty.
The 20th century saw a scientic and te chnologi c a l re volution tha t transformed dermatological practice, incorporating new therapeutic resources, as well as surgical and aesthetic procedures. In the face of such a vigorous process, it is important to provide a historical synthesis for the medical community to recognize and understand the origins that supported one of the most relevant specialties in the current medical scenario. The global dermatology devices market size was valued at over $12.5 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 11.9% over the forecast period. The increasing prevalence of skin cancer and other skin diseases is contributing largely to the high product demand. Furthermore, the growing awareness among people about the esthetic appeal and technological advancements in dermatology devices are also increasing the adoption of these devices signicantly. A rise in disposable income is also considered as one of the important factors driving the market growth (Grand view research 2022 – 2030). Furthermore, the incorporation of technological advancements in dermatology has also been the driving force behind the many changes experienced in the eld. Nicole Zysk, celebrity skin expert and CEO of Nicole Zysk Aesthetics explains to Ayesha Rashid of Mediworldme the role of technology in the dermatology industry and at the same time highlighting her expansion plans in the UAE.
Tell us about the UAE dermatology industry?
The demand for dermatology services is expected to grow rapidly in the UAE over the next ve years. This is due to an increase in early diagnosis of skin conditions and diseases, which allows for early treatment and reduces the risk of ageing, skin disorders and cancer.
What is the role of technology in the dermatology industry?
The application of technology is continually evolving and the resulting changes across all industries are signicant. This is a great advantage for the industry as it aids in improving various skin concerns that patients may have. The global market players in the UAE healthcare industry is further aiding the growth of the UAE dermatology devices market.
Is technology driving the evolution of dermatology? Your opinion?
Yes of course. In this fast changing and tech savvy environment, technology is playing a massive role in the evolution of dermatology. We are now able to improve so many skin concerns ranging from pigmentation, surgical scars, melasma and vascular problems to name a few.
What are the common devices used in dermatology industry & why?
The role of light-based technologies in dermatology has expanded dramatically in recent years. Lasers and intense pulsed light have been used to safely and effectively treat a diverse array of cutaneous conditions, including vascular and pigmented lesions, tattoos, scars and undesired hair, while also providing extensive therapeutic options for cosmetic rejuvenation and other dermatologic conditions. Dermatologic laser procedures are becoming increasingly popular worldwide, and demand for them has fueled new innovations and clinical applications. I greatly admire the latest laser technologies and have been reaping their benets for some time now. I highly value the excellent results they provide and their non-invasive nature.
What role does AI and Mobile applications play in the dermatology industry?
Articial intelligence has become a prominent area of research in dermatology. Although AI has been accessible for a while and been used in many elds of medicine, its integration in dermatology is comparatively new & limited. A comprehensive understanding of AI concepts is critical for dermatologists because skin conditions, with their ample clinical and dermatoscopic data and images, have the potential to be the next big opportunity for AI in medicine. Moreover, with its help, doctors and therapist are now able to better distinguish between different types of moles and skin conditions. The technology also helps with choosing the best treatment plan for the patients, record keeping & communication.
What made you choose dermatology and come into aesthetics?
Aesthetics is a fantastic eld with many possibilities. Helping people was always my priority. For many years I’ve worked with cancer patients and alopecia. The greatest reward for me is always seeing my patients happy and I’m very grateful for my work. I have expanded my knowledge to many other skin concerns which gives me even better understanding of human insecurities and the ways to address them. Aesthetics was a great contribution to what I have accomplished and has put me even in a better position to achieve outstanding results and make those who needed me happy and content with themselves.
Do you plan on expanding further within the UAE?
The UAE remains a lucrative market for me as the visionary leadership of this country has given me many steps to make UAE a global business hub. Few steps like allowing 100% foreign-owned businesses offering ex tended visas for entrepreneurs, providing funding and support for smaller businesses and attracting international businesses to the region. This has led to the entrepreneurs like me to come and explore the aesthetics market in The UAE. Moreover, we see a lot of potential in the UAE market, and will start expanding in the glamorous and progressive city of Dubai in September 2022. The primary goal of this expansion strategy is to introduce the most innovative techniques in stretch marks and scar revision including postsurgical scars, as well as the latest laser technology to treat various skin concerns ranging from any form of pigmentation and other complex skin deformity. The brand aims to upscale the market as it consistently provides high-quality service and experience to its customers. I am always receptive to working with the government and private sector when a chance to do something great comes up.
What kind of technology are you using in your clinic & why?
I am using the latest and most innovative technologies and techniques on the market to help people with various skin conditions such as pigmentation, Melasma, skin rejuvenation, scars and vascular problems.
In your opinion how is digital innovation shaping the dermatology industry?
Digital innovation has had a great impact on the dermatology industry. For instance, Articial Intelligence has changed the game and simplied it for doctors to detect breast cancer and tuberculosis in initial stages and treat such illnesses. Now we can get outstanding and accurate diagnosis with digital equipment helping us to save lives and prevent illnesses or to slow down ageing process.
What are the common machine-based treatments that your customers come for and why?
The laser machines are the most popular among my patients, they can deliver variety of treatment to suit any skin type and color. My patients love the permanent results that I can achieve from it with no downtime or side effect. Many patients are also very interested in skin camouage treatment to help with post-surgical scarring or more common treatment for stretch marks which has been my signature treatment for the last few years, earning me my fame. Do you have any skin imaging technology, tele-dermatology in your clinic? Having such a technology would be my next step forward, as it would allow me to help patients on a different scale and make a signicant contribution to society, leaving behind a great legacy for future generations.