Cosmetic Laser Dermatology works hard to remain at the forefront of laser and cosmetic surgery research while maintaining the highest industry standards. Our studies are conducted by board-certified dermatologists in pursuit of advancing the field of cosmetic and laser dermatology while optimizing the appearance of your skin in the process. We’ve been a part of over 280 studies since 1974!

Eligible trial participants may receive free treatment and even additional compensation for their particular trial provided they participate fully in all necessary observation periods, reporting sessions with the doctors, etc. for the duration of the study.

Please call 858-657-1004 or email [email protected] to see if you are eligible for one of our studies.

Learn what it's like to be enrolled in our studies

Participating in a clinical trial is not unlike going to a doctor’s appointment. You will meet with the coordinator and investigator for the trial to determine whether you are eligible to participate in the trial, which may require lab work or additional evaluations. Once enrolled, participants attend a treatment visit to receive the medication or treatment, which may take 30 minutes to two hours depending on the medication, injectable product, laser or device that is being tested. In order to monitor the results, participants may be asked to return for a follow-up appointment weekly, monthly, or every three months, depending on the treatment.

In many cases, clinical trial sponsors often provide participants with compensation for their time. To participate in additional studies, participants must wait at least 30 days after concluding a trial before they can be considered eligible.

If you are interested in participating in one of our many exciting clinical research studies, please provide us with as much information as possible and a member of our research team will contact you shortly.

Atopic Dermatitis

Male/Female Ages 12 and older

Concern: Eczema

Study Specifics: For men and women, age 35-55. This trial uses a topical cream for the treatment of adult and adolescent atopic dermatitis.

Duration: 15 months (11 visits)

Compensation: $50 per visit

Laser Hair Removal for Red, Grey, Blonde Hair

Female ages 18-70

Concern:Unwanted hair in armpit area

Study specifics:For women ages 18-70. This trial uses a new treatment for underarm hair reduction in females with naturally light hair such as grey, blonde, or red.

Duration: 4 months (5 visits)

Compensation: $20 per visit

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Ages 18 and Older, Male/Female

Concern: At least one basal cell located on the body.

Study Specifics: For men and women, age 18+. This trial includes using a topical along with photodynamic therapy in the treatment of superficial basal cell carcinoma.

Duration: 8 months (10 visits)

Compensation:Up to $2600 Status:Enrolling

Sclerotherapy (Enrolling 2021)

Male/Female 25-70 Yrs

Concern: Leg veins

Study Specifics: For men and women, age 25-70. This trial uses Sclerotherapy injections to help treat and improve spider veins in both legs.

Duration: 12 weeks (5 visits)

Compensation: $$ Requires payment from subject – $333

Periorbital Hyperpigmentation (Dark Circles)

Healthy Male / Female 18 - 65 Yrs

Concern: Dark circles under the eye

Study Specifics: For healthy men and women, ages 18 – 65. Must have mild to moderate Periorbital
Hyperpigmentation (confirmed at
our office). If qualified and enrolled, you may be compensated with up to $125.00 USD.

Duration: 5 months

Cheek Wrinkles (Darker Skin)

Healthy Male / Female 18+

Concern: Cheek wrinkles for darker skin only.

Study Specifics: A trial using Sculptra filler for the correction of cheek wrinkles for darker skin.

Duration: 12 months / visit (may vary).

Compensation: $50 per visit

Venous Malformations

Healthy Male / Female ages 18-60

Concern: Venous, Lymphatic or Mixed Malformations associated with PIK3CA or TEK genetic mutations

Study Specifics: Male or Female patients age 18-60 with Venous Malformations. This trial will use topical medication to help treat Venous, Lymphatic, or Mixed Malformations.

Duration: 14 weeks

Compensation: Up to $350 ($50 per visit)

Upper Facial Lines

Healthy Male / Female Ages 18+

Concern: Moderate to severe crow’s feet(lateral canthal lines), glabellar lines(frown lines), and horizontal forehead wrinkles.

Study Specifics: For healthy men and women (nonpregnant) 18+. This trial uses Botulinum toxin type A to treat upper facial lines

Duration: Approximately 4 months

Compensation: $50 per visit

Psoriasis Microneedle Patch

Healthy Male / Female Ages 18+

Concern: Observational study to examine RNA biomarkers of psoriasis subjects through the application of a Microneedle patch

Study Specifics: For male or female patients 18+ who have been diagnosed with Psoriasis with the affected area greater than 2 cm in diameter. Patients must be treated with IL-17 (Cosentyx) and IL-23 (Skyrizi/Tremfya/Iilumya) therapy once enrolled.

Duration: 12 weeks

Compensation: up to $350 ($50 per visit)

IPL vs Clear + Brilliant

Healthy Male / Female Ages 18-65

Concern: Facial rejuvenation for patients with photodamage

Study Specifics:  Male or Females 18-65 with Fitzpatrick Skin types I-III. Patients must have mild to moderate photodamage (brown spots/fine wrinkles/redness)

Duration: 4 months

Compensation: Not paid

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