MEET THE FATHER OF GROWTH FACTORS
Dr. Fitzpatrick is a Board Certified dermatologist whose surgical interests led him into the field of laser surgery. He was instrumental in the development of several medical lasers and laser procedures, including laser resurfacing of the skin with the UltraPulse CO2 laser. His scientific interests in maximizing improvement in topical formulations to reverse photoaging led him to the development of a unique skin care line and formulation of a new aesthetic and pharmaceutical company, SkinMedica.
From the inventor of laser technology to a best selling skin care range, what makes Fitz tick?
Providing excellence in patient care — since the field of cosmetic dermatology is in constant change, you have to always be looking for science-based innovation that will provide better patient care. I love being on the cutting edge of exploring new technology and products, and then bringing that to my personal practice and having my patients benefit from the findings.
What was the light bulb moment for you when yourealized that TNS was going to be big?
When we were first looking at whether TNS would have the effects I thought it might possibly have, we did a small pilot study with just 14 patients. The evidence of the clinical effects of TNS were indisputable. It was one of the most exciting moments of my career.
Why are growth factors so important in the quest for wrinkle reversal?
Growth factors are important because wrinkles reflect damaged structure of the skin. To truly be able to improve the skin, you must repair that damage just like in wound healing. Without growth factors, there would be no wound healing process.
How does your patented TNS Recovery Complex fit in with lasers?
TNS with lasers: Both TNS and lasers operate through the same mechanisms–lasers create a controlled wound that improves the skin condition through wound healing mechanisms and SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex and TNS Essential Serum stimulate that same cascade.
What are the 3 major advances in cosmeceuticals over the past decade?
TNS, antioxidants and retinoids.
What do you use on your skin?
In my personal skin care, I use SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum everyday because it gives me the benefits of TNS Recovery Complex and a great combination of antioxidants. The other three products I find essential are SkinMedica Vitamin C Complex, SkinMedica Retinol Complex and SkinMedica Environmental Defense Sunscreen.