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Resident Reading List

The AACD Resident Reading List is a collection of suggested reading materials for dermatology residents who are learning laser and cosmetic dermatology.  This list has been curated by cosmetic directors and dermatology residents across the country.

Table of Contents
Basics of cosmetic and laser dermatology
  • Bologna J, Schaffer JV, Cerroni L. Chapter: Cosmetic Surgery and Chapter 27: Physical Treatment Modalities. In: Bologna J, Schaffer JV, Cerroni L, eds. Dermatology. Elsevier
  • Council, ML. Guide to Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Procedures. LWW
  • ASDS Learn’s “Residents and Fellows in Training” Section
  • Mariwalla K, Leffel D. ASDS’ Primer in Dermatologic Surgery: A Study Companion
Clinical anatomy
Textbooks
  • Prendergast PM. Chapter: Anatomy of the Face and Neck. In: Shiffman MA, Giuseppe AD, eds. Cosmetic Surgery: Art and Technique. Springer
  • Pessa J and Rohrich R. Facial Topography: Clinical Anatomy of the Face. Thieme
Online Resources
  • 3D4Medical’s Complete Anatomy Phone Application (link here)
Articles
  • Alghoul M, Codner MA. Retaining ligaments of the face: review of anatomy and clinical applications. Aesthet Surg J. 2013;33(6):769-782. (link here)
  • Cotofana S, Lachman N. Arteries of the Face and Their Relevance for Minimally Invasive Facial Procedures: An Anatomical Review [published correction appears in Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Apr;143(4):1282-1283]. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019;143(2):416-426. (link here)
  • Jung W, Youn KH, Won SY, Park JT, Hu KS, Kim HJ. Clinical implications of the middle temporal vein with regard to temporal fossa augmentation. Dermatol Surg. 2014;40(6):618-623. (link here)
  • Kim YS, Choi DY, Gil YC, Hu KS, Tansatit T, Kim HJ. The anatomical origin and course of the angular artery regarding its clinical implications. Dermatol Surg. 2014;40(10):1070-1076. (link here)
  • Liao ZF, Cong LY, Hong WJ, Luo CE, Luo SK. Three-Dimensional Computed Tomographic Study of the Supratrochlear Artery and Supraorbital Artery to Determine Arterial Variations and Their Relationship. Dermatol Surg. 2022;48(2):225-231. (link here)
  • Mendelson B, Wong CH. Changes in the facial skeleton with aging: implications and clinical applications in facial rejuvenation. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2012;36(4):753-760. (link here)
  • Pilsl U, Anderhuber F, Neugebauer S. The Facial Artery-The Main Blood Vessel for the Anterior Face?. Dermatol Surg. 2016;42(2):203-208. (link here)
Neurotoxins 
Textbooks
  • Carruthers A, Carruthers J, Dover JS, Alam M, eds. Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology: Botulinum Toxin. Elsevier
  • Fitzgerald R. Chapter: Addressing Facial Shape and Proportions With Injectable Agents in Youth and Age. In: Azizzadeh B, Murphy MR, Johnson Jr. CM, Massry GG, Fitzgerald R, eds. Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation. Elsevier
Articles on BOTH toxins and filler 
  • Alam M, Tung R. Injection technique in neurotoxins and fillers: Planning and basic technique. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018;79(3):407-419. (link here)
  • Alam M, Tung R. Injection technique in neurotoxins and fillers: Indications, products, and outcomes [published correction appears in J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019 Jun;80(6):1814]. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018;79(3):423-435. (link here)
  • Fagien S, Fitzgerald R, Matarasso A. Introduction to “Soft-Tissue Fillers and Neuromodulators: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives”. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015;136(5 Suppl):9S-10S. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000001829 (link here)
Articles on neurotoxins only 
  • Lupo MP. Tox Outside the Box: Off-Label Aesthetic Uses of Botulinum Toxin. J Drugs Dermatol. 2016;15(9):1151-1157. (link here)
  • Yoelin SG, Bay Aguilera S, Cohen JL, Gold MH, Kaufman J, Maas CS. CME/CE: ABOUT FACE: Navigating Neuromodulators and Injection Techniques for Optimal Results. J Drugs Dermatol. 2020;19(4):300-315. (link here)
Soft-tissue augmentation
Textbooks
  • Carruthers J, Carruthers A, Dover JS, Alam M, Ibrahim O. Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology: Soft Tissue Augmentation. Elsevier
  • Fitzgerald R. Chapter: Addressing Facial Shape and Proportions With Injectable Agents in Youth and Age. In: Azizzadeh B, Murphy MR, Johnson Jr. CM, Massry GG, Fitzgerald R. Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation. Elsevier
  • Jones DH, Swift A. Injectable Fillers: Facial Shaping and Contouring. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Lamb JP, Surek CC. Facial Volumization: An Anatomic Approach. Thieme
Articles
  • See Neurotoxins above for list of articles on BOTH toxins and filler
  • Braz A, Humphrey S, Weinkle S, et al. Lower Face: Clinical Anatomy and Regional Approaches with Injectable Fillers. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015;136(5 Suppl):235S-257S. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000001836
  • Breithaupt AD, Jones DH, Braz A, Narins R, Weinkle S. Anatomical Basis for Safe and Effective Volumization of the Temple. Dermatol Surg. 2015;41 Suppl 1:S278-S283. doi:10.1097/DSS.0000000000000539
  • Casabona G, Frank K, Koban KC, et al. Lifting vs volumizing-The difference in facial minimally invasive procedures when respecting the line of ligaments [published online ahead of print, 2019 Aug 12]. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2019;10.1111/jocd.13089. doi:10.1111/jocd.13089
  • Cotofana S, Gaete A, Hernandez CA, et al. The six different injection techniques for the temple relevant for soft tissue filler augmentation procedures – Clinical anatomy and danger zones. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2020;19(7):1570-1579. doi:10.1111/jocd.13491
  • Cotofana S, Gotkin RH, Frank K, Lachman N, Schenck TL. Anatomy Behind the Facial Overfilled Syndrome: The Transverse Facial Septum. Dermatol Surg. 2020;46(8):e16-e22. doi:10.1097/DSS.0000000000002236
  • Cotofana S, Koban KC, Konstantin F, et al. The Surface-Volume Coefficient of the Superficial and Deep Facial Fat Compartments: A Cadaveric Three-Dimensional Volumetric Analysis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019;143(6):1605-1613. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000005524
  • Fagien S, Bertucci V, von Grote E, Mashburn JH. Rheologic and Physicochemical Properties Used to Differentiate Injectable Hyaluronic Acid Filler Products. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019;143(4):707e-720e. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000005429
  • Jones DH, Fitzgerald R, Cox SE, et al. Preventing and Treating Adverse Events of Injectable Fillers: Evidence-Based Recommendations From the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Multidisciplinary Task Force. Dermatol Surg. 2021;47(2):214-226. doi:10.1097/DSS.0000000000002921
  • Moradi A, Shirazi A, David R. Nonsurgical Chin and Jawline Augmentation Using Calcium Hydroxylapatite and Hyaluronic Acid Fillers. Facial Plast Surg. 2019;35(2):140-148. doi:10.1055/s-0039-1683854
  • Othman S, Cohn JE, Burdett J, Daggumati S, Bloom JD. Temporal Augmentation: A Systematic Review. Facial Plast Surg. 2020;36(3):217-225. doi:10.1055/s-0039-1694029
  • Sykes JM, Cotofana S, Trevidic P, et al. Upper Face: Clinical Anatomy and Regional Approaches with Injectable Fillers. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015;136(5 Suppl):204S-218S. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000001830
Basics of lasers, lights, and energy-based devices
Textbooks
  • Martin ED, Labadie JG, Alam M. Laser Primer: Lasers and Other Energy-Based Technologies in Dermatology. American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS)
  • Tannous Z. Comprehensive Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & Energy-based Therapies. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishing
  • Tanzi E, Dover JS, Spring L, eds. Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology: Lasers, Lights, and Energy Devices. Elsevier
  • Jagdeo JR, Hruza GJ. Laser, Energy and Aesthetic Devices Primer. American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)
Online Resources
  • ASLMS’s 24 Hours of Lasers and Energy-Based Devices in Cutaneous Applications
Articles
  • Geisler AN, Austin E, Nguyen J, Hamzavi I, Jagdeo J, Lim HW. Visible light. Part II: Photoprotection against visible and ultraviolet light. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2021;84(5):1233-1244. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2020.11.074
  • Wanner M, Sakamoto FH, Avram MM, et al. Immediate skin responses to laser and light treatments: Therapeutic endpoints: How to obtain efficacy. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016;74(5):821-833. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2015.06.026
  • Wanner M, Sakamoto FH, Avram MM, Anderson RR. Immediate skin responses to laser and light treatments: Warning endpoints: How to avoid side effects. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016;74(5):807-820. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2015.06.025
Ablative & non-ablative resurfacing
Textbooks
  • Tannous Z. Comprehensive Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & Energy-based Therapies. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishing
  • Tanzi E, Dover JS, Spring L, eds. Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology: Lasers, Lights, and Energy Devices. Elsevier
Articles
  • Chen SX, Cheng J, Watchmaker J, Dover JS, Chung HJ. Review of Lasers and Energy-Based Devices for Skin Rejuvenation and Scar Treatment With Histologic Correlations. Dermatol Surg. 2022 Apr 1;48(4):441-448. PMID: 35165220.
  • Aslam A, Alster TS. Evolution of laser skin resurfacing: from scanning to fractional technology. Dermatol Surg. 2014 Nov;40(11):1163-72. PMID: 25285818.
Pigment & vascular lasers
Textbooks
  • Tanzi E, Dover JS, Spring L, eds. Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology: Lasers, Lights, and Energy Devices. Elsevier  (Listed under lasers but also helpful here)
Online Resources
  • ISSVA.org
  • Vascular Birthmark foundation website: birthmark.org
  • Sturge Weber Foundation website: sturge-weber.org
Articles
  • Geisler AN, Austin E, Nguyen J, Hamzavi I, Jagdeo J, Lim HW. Visible light. Part II: Photoprotection against visible and ultraviolet light. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2021;84(5):1233-1244. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2020.11.074
  • Wanner M, Sakamoto FH, Avram MM, et al. Immediate skin responses to laser and light treatments: Therapeutic endpoints: How to obtain efficacy. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016;74(5):821-833. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2015.06.026
  • Pigment laser 
    • Tannous Z. Comprehensive Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology, Laser & Energy-based Therapies. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishing
    • Tanzi E, Dover JS, Spring L, eds. Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology: Lasers, Lights, and Energy Devices. Elsevier
    • Tierney EP, Hanke CW. Review of the literature: Treatment of dyspigmentation with fractionated resurfacing. Dermatol Surg. 2010 Oct;36(10):1499-508. PMID: 20698875.
    • Gurnani P, Williams N, Al-Hetheli G, Chukwuma O, Roth R, Fajardo F, Nouri K. Comparing the efficacy and safety of laser treatments in tattoo removal: A systematic review. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2022 Jul;87(1):103-109. PMID: 32763326.
    • Torbeck RL, Schilling L, Khorasani H, Dover JS, Arndt KA, Saedi N. Evolution of the Picosecond Laser: A Review of Literature. Dermatol Surg. 2019 Feb;45(2):183-194.  PMID: 30702447.
  • Vascular laser
    • Wanner M, Sakamoto FH, Avram MM, et al. Immediate skin responses to laser and light treatments: Therapeutic endpoints: How to obtain efficacy. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016;74(5):821-833. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2015.06.026
    • Wanner M, Sakamoto FH, Avram MM, Anderson RR. Immediate skin responses to laser and light treatments: Warning endpoints: How to avoid side effects. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016;74(5):807-820. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2015.06.025
    • Sabeti S, Ball KL, Burkhart C, et al. Consensus Statement for the Management and Treatment of Port-Wine Birthmarks in Sturge-Weber Syndrome. JAMA Dermatol. 2021;157(1):98-104. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.4226
    • Sabeti S, Ball KL, Bhattacharya SK, et al. Consensus Statement for the Management and Treatment of Sturge-Weber Syndrome: Neurology, Neuroimaging, and Ophthalmology Recommendations. Pediatr Neurol. 2021;121:59-66. doi:10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2021.04.013
Alopecia (e.g., PRP, hair transplant)
Textbooks
  • Alam M, Dover JS, eds. Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series: Hair Restoration. Elsevier
Articles
  • Jimenez F, Alam M, Vogel JE, Avram M. Hair transplantation: Basic overview. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2021;85(4):803-814. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2021.03.124
  • Jimenez F, Vogel JE, Avram M. CME article Part II. Hair transplantation: Surgical technique. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2021;85(4):818-829. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2021.04.063
Chemical peels
Textbooks
  • Brody HJ. Chemical Peeling. Mosby-Year Book
  • Obagi, S, Dover JS, Alam M, eds. Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series: Chemical Peels. Elsevier
Articles
  • Lee KC, Wambier CG, Soon SL, et al. Basic chemical peeling: Superficial and medium-depth peels. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019;81(2):313-324. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2018.10.079
  • Soleymani T, Lanoue J, Rahman Z. A Practical Approach to Chemical Peels: A Review of Fundamentals and Step-by-step Algorithmic Protocol for Treatment. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2018;11(8):21-28.
  • Wambier CG, Lee KC, Soon SL, et al. Advanced chemical peels: Phenol-croton oil peel. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019;81(2):327-336. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2018.11.060
Body contouring
Textbooks
  • Orringer J, Alam M, Dover JS, eds. Body Shaping: Skin Fat Cellulite. Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series. Elsevier
Articles
  • Fabi SG, Weiss R, Weinkle SH. Absorbable Suspension Sutures: Recommendations for Use in a Multimodal Nonsurgical Approach to Facial Rejuvenation. J Drugs Dermatol. 2021;20(1):23-29. doi:10.36849/JDD.5684
Sclerotherapy
Textbooks
  • Goldman MP, Weiss RA, eds. Sclerotherapy. Elsevier
Articles
  • Weiss MA, Hsu JT, Neuhaus I, Sadick NS, Duffy DM. Consensus for sclerotherapy. Dermatol Surg. 2014 Dec;40(12):1309-18. PMID: 25418805.
  • Weiss RA, Dover JS. Leg vein management: sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and laser surgery. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2002 Mar;21(1):76-103. PMID: 11911538.
Liposuction
Textbooks
  • Hanke CW, Sattler G, eds. Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series. Elsevier
Articles
  • Hanke C, Dent M. Beyond Liposuction: Evolving Applications for Tumescent Anesthesia. J Drugs Dermatol. 2022;21(1):86-89. doi:10.36849/JDD.2022.6279
Scar revision
Articles
  • Kauvar ANB, Kubicki SL, Suggs AK, Friedman PM. Laser Therapy of Traumatic and Surgical Scars and an Algorithm for Their Treatment. Lasers Surg Med. 2020;52(2):125-136. doi:10.1002/lsm.23171
  • Seago M, Shumaker PR, Spring LK, et al. Laser Treatment of Traumatic Scars and Contractures: 2020 International Consensus Recommendations. Lasers Surg Med. 2020;52(2):96-116. doi:10.1002/lsm.23201
Miscellaneous/other
Cosmeceuticals 
  • Draelos ZD, Dover JS, Alam M, eds. Cosmeceuticals: Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series. Elsevier
Regulatory  
  • Alam M, Bolotin D, Carruthers J, et al. Consensus statement regarding storage and reuse of previously reconstituted neuromodulators. Dermatol Surg. 2015;41(3):321-326. doi:10.1097/DSS.0000000000000303
  • Moustafa F, Hoverson K, Dover JS, Arndt KA. Needle Manufacturing, Quality Control, and Optimization for Patient Comfort. J Drugs Dermatol. 2021;20(1):44-48. doi:10.36849/JDD.5591
Pigmentary Conditions  
  • Roberts WE. Periorbital hyperpigmentation: review of etiology, medical evaluation, and aesthetic treatment. J Drugs Dermatol. 2014;13(4):472-482
Women’s Health 
  • Alexiades M. Device-based treatment for vaginal wellness. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2018;37(4):226-232. doi:10.12788/j.sder.2018.052
  • Benini V, Ruffolo AF, Casiraghi A, et al. New Innovations for the Treatment of Vulvovaginal Atrophy: An Up-to-Date Review. Medicina (Kaunas). 2022;58(6):770. Published 2022 Jun 6. doi:10.3390/medicina58060770

This resource was curated by the AACD Resident Education, Research, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees.

Thank you also to the following contributors:

Diana Bolotin, MD, PhD, FAAD
Kristen Kelly, MD, FAAD
Edit Olasz Harken, MD, PhD, FAAD
Alyx Rosen Aigen, MD, FAAD
Sa Rang Kim, MD
Bianca Kang, MD
Brian Cahn, MD
Melissa Ma

This material is for informational or educational purposes only. The Reading List is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical education. The AACD makes every effort to provide information that is both accurate and timely but makes no guarantee in this regard.