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.

Lateral Canthal Lines (Crows feet)

Male or female 18 years or older

Concern: Subjects with moderate to severe crow’s feet

Study specifics: A trial using a new neuromodulator to treat crows feet lines.

Duration: Approximately 6 months long and 10 visits to the office

Compensation: $50 per visit paid at the end of the study

Exclusions: Previous use of any Botulinum toxin treatment in facial areas within 9 months prior to study treatment.
History of other facial treatment, surgery, or other aesthetic procedures (e.g. ablative skin resurfacing, laser treatment, microneedling, or chemical peel) in the previous 12 months.


Females ages 18-60

Concern: Cellulite

Study Specifics:A trial using an injectable for the treatment of mild to moderate buttock cellulite.

Duration: 6 months (6 visits)

Compensation: Up to $450

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

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 a neurotoxin for the correction of Glabellar lines, forehead lines, and crows feet.

Duration: 9 months (approx)

Compensation: Up to $2500

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

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)

Compensation: Complimentary Treatment

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)

Cheek Wrinkles (injectables)

Male/Female 21 and older

Concern: Cheek Wrinkles

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

Duration: 12 Months/ Visits Vary

Status: Enrolling

Compensation: $50 per visit



Healthy Females 35-65 Yrs

Concern: Chest wrinkles

Study Specifics: For healthy women, age 35-65. This trial uses a topical cream for chest rejuvenation to improve wrinkles and sun damage.

Duration: 6 months (6 visits)


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


Female ages 18 and older


Study specifics:For women with mild to moderate melasma on the face. This trial will evaluate the efficacy of Skinceuticals D.O.S.E. serum in the treatment of melasma and cutaneous signs of aging.

Duration:4 months (5 visits)

Compensation: $25 per visit

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