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.

Bulky lower face

Male and Females 18 and older

Concern: Masseters

Study Specifics: For men and women 18 years and older. This trial uses Botox injectable to correct large masseter muscle (lower face).

Duration: 8 visits (6 months)

Status: Enrolling

Compensation: Up to $400


Female ages 18 and older


Study specifics:For women with mild to moderate melasma on the face. This trial uses a new topical product that is customized to each patient to treat facial melasma.

Duration:4 months (5 visits)

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 with unwanted red, grey, or blonde hair in the armpits. This trial will use a laser technology to reduce hair in the axilla.

Duration:5 months (5 visits)

Sunscreen Study

Male/Female 35-55 Yrs

Concern: Evaluating specific sunscreens

Study Specifics: For men and women, age 35-55. This trial is to evaluate an SPF 50 sunscreen and its photo protection and anti-photoaging properties.

Duration: 12 weeks (4 visits)

Nasolabial Folds (injectable)

Healthy Male/Female 22 and Older

Concern: Nasolabial folds

Study Specifics: A trial using an injectable filler for the correction of nasolabial folds.

Duration: 6 Months (approx.)

Frown lines (Glabellar)

Healthy Male/Female 18-65 Yrs

Concern: Lines between the eyes/glabellar lines.

Study Specifics: For healthy men and women, age 18-65. This trial uses an injectable for the correction of the frown lines (lines between your eyes).

Duration: 6 months (approx)

Compensation: $500 ($50 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: 7 months

Compensation:Up to $900 after completion of 1st part of study



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

Atopic Dermatitis

Male/Female Ages 12 and older

Concern: Eczema

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

Duration: 13 weeks (11 visits)

Fraxel Study

Male/Female Ages 18 and older

Concern: Facial hyperpigmentation and photodamage

Study Specifics: For men and women, age 18+. This trial uses an FDA approved laser, along with a topical cream for the treatment of facial hyperpigmentation and photodamage.

Duration: 6 months (6 visits)

Facial Wrinkles

Male/Female 30-60 Yrs

Concern: Wrinkles on the face

Study Specifics: For men and women, age 30-60. This trial utilizes topical creams, lasers, or skin tightening treatments to remove unwanted face wrinkles.

Duration: 6 months (5 visits)


Ages 12 and Older, Male/Female

Concern: Acne

Study Specifics: A trial using topical or laser treatments for acne.

Duration: 12 weeks

Status: Enrolling


Healthy Females 35-65 Yrs

Concern: Chest wrinkles

Study Specifics: For healthy women, age 35-65. This trial uses Ultherapy treatment for improving lines and wrinkles of the décolleté.

Duration: 5 months

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